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Due to the current restrictions we are only able to take a group of 20ppl. To register for a possible 2nd Winter Retreat, please sign up here.


Chabad Campus Winter Retreat

The Winter Break Ski* and Study Experience is an opportunity for Jewish students to enjoy an amazing long weekend of skiing/snowboarding and outdoor fun, coupled with an engaging Jewish learning experience.

It will be held at Chabad Youth’s beautiful Feathertop Chalet at the base of Mt Hotham in Harriettville, Victoria. The property has beautiful cabins, lodges with gorgeous fireplaces, and magnificent grounds. Dozens of ski slopes are within 40 minutes of the Lodge.

22 Bon Accord Track, Harrietville VIC 3741 



Thursday, 9 July - Sunday, 12 July 2020

This program will be heavily subsidised and is geared for the average university student.

If you have questions contact Mendy

Registration closes 2 July.  




What is included in the Winter Retreat?

Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by our Kosher caterer on-site. Materials will be provided for participants to prepare a snack and lunch to take with to the ski slopes.

Dormitory-style lodging will be provided in the beautiful lodges. Lodges are heated and have full modern amenities.

Optional learning opportunities will be provided in the mornings, with three different tracks available. Each evening after dinner we will gather in the main lodge for discussions on a variety of topics of interest. A full Shabbat experience is included.

Special activities, such as ropes course, tobogganing and workshops, also included.


What will it cost me?

For currently enrolled students the cost for lodging, all food, learning, and additional programs are being completely subsidised by Chabad Campus. All that students will have to pay is a $99- registration fee. Travel to and from the Feathertop Chalet (carpools from Caulfield may be arranged upon request and possibly a mini bus at additional cost), and ski package. Ski package options at group rates will be posted shortly.


Who is it for?

The Winter Break Ski Experience is for Jewish men and women ages 18-26 who are interested in outdoor fun, a Jewish bonding experience, and an opportunity to learn a little bit more about their Jewish heritage.

It is geared specifically towards students with limited or no background in formal Jewish learning, who wish to experience Jewish life in a totally relaxed, non-judgemental and pressure-free environment.


Do I have to be religious to participate?

Not at all. In fact, the student body will specifically be made up of students with a limited background in Jewish education and involvement. The trip is primarily about having fun in the snow, tobogganing, skiing or snowboarding, while experiencing a Jewish living and learning environment.


Will I have to do religious things on the trip?

There will be optional learning opportunities every morning, as well as discussions and/or presentations each evening. But we believe strongly in doing no more than providing an opportunity for experiencing Jewish life, leaving each participant the choice of how much of that experience they wish to take part in.

There is no dress code.

There will also be a full Shabbat experience, involving Shabbat banquets, singing, discussion, beginners prayer services, and of course lots of food. All prayer services are optional.


What will an average day be like?

Breakfast: 9:00 am

Optional Learning Sessions (see topics below): 9:30 - 11:15am

Activities for the day : 11:30 am skiing/tobogganing or enjoying all the outdoor activities Feathertop Chalet has to offer including; ropes course, bike riding, indoor swimming pool, tennis, mini golf, hiking and much more.

Freshening up time: 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Discussions and evening activities: 7:30 pm.


Who else will be on the trip?

Jewish students from universities all across Victoria and Australia too. Students with backgrounds including secular, Liberal, Conservative, and Orthodox. We suggest leaving the labels behind and enjoying a week of camaraderie with an amazing group of talented and fun people.


How will the current situation impact the retreat?

There is currently no impact on the retreat, however we are closely monitoring the situation and will adjust the program as needed. The current guidelines as of 11:59pm Sunday 21 June state:

  • Allow camping and tourist accommodation use of shared facilities.
  • Ski season to start. 

If the guidelines require us to cancel, a full refund will be provided. If the slopes are closed we will offer other fun outdoor activities.




*Skiing will be dependant on availability and restrictions.