The Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Retreats for Social Justice

Participants at the 33rd Marshall Meyer Retreat

Program Overview

The Rabbi Marshall Meyer Retreat is New York City’s principal concourse for interfaith education and dialogue on local social justice issues.  The retreat is a professional development and capacity building opportunity for religious leaders, allowing faith leaders to learn about social issues, create networks for mutual support, and meet civic leaders and service providers. The retreats are named after Rabbi Marshall Meyer, who was a religious leader actively engaged in social justice projects and building partnerships with other faith communities.

The retreats focus on four objectives, seeking to: (1) educate grass roots religious leaders about social issues impacting New York’s communities, from interfaith and secular perspectives; (2) build long lasting formal and informal networks of support for the city’s religious leaders engaged in social justice work; (3) connect the city’s religious communities with society’s secular institutions; and (4) generate strategies for addressing common social justice concerns.

Over the course of previous retreats and related follow-up work, this program has provided a civics education for over 600 diverse local religious and community leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Native American, Jain, and Afro-Caribbean religious communities.

Our most recent Marshall Meyer Retreat was titled “Youth Speak Out – On Religious Diversity and the Future of New York”. It was for the leaders of tomorrow – young New Yorkers, age 14 to 24, of all religious or secular backgrounds.

For more information about the retreats, contact Iman Boukadoum, 212-870-3515 or



(33rd) Hospitality in a Time of Hate: Religious Leadership for an Inclusive City under the Trump Administration


(32nd) Youth Speak Out!


(31st) Coming Home: Faith Communities Supporting Successful Re-entry


(30th) Harnessing Spirituality and Religion in End of Life Care

As follow up to this retreat, ICNY held a similar program exclusively for Staten Island religious leaders.


(29th) Child Welfare and Foster Care

(28th) Widening the Lens on Community-Police Relations: Comparisons Across Cities New York, Glasgow, Barcelona, Los Angeles

(27th) The Challenge of Homelessness: Strategies to Provide Support and Restore Hope


(26th) Together in Service: Building Interfaith Partnerships for Social Action


(25th) Creating Safety, Preserving Faith: Religious Leaders Respond to Domestic Violence


(24th) Building Sacred Space in the City: Religious Freedom in Bricks and Mortar

(23rd) Building Economic Resilience in Faith Communities


(22nd) Immigration: From Estrangement to Engagement

(21st) Confronting Hate Crimes


(20th) Investing In Our Future: The Health of Children & Youth

(19th) Growing Older and Wiser in an Aging City


(18th) Cultivating Hope: Planting Seeds of Environmental Justice in NYC

(17th) Faith as a Force for Recovery: Substance Abuse and Addiction


(16th) Mental Health


(15th) Religious Communities and Conflict Mediation

(14th) Religious Communities and Domestic Violence


(13th) Getting Health Care Access in New York City

(12th) Religious Diversity in New York’s Public Square: Religious Accommodation New York’s Public Schools and Hospitals


(11th)Poverty and the Justice System


(10th)Poverty in New York City

(9th) Post 9-11 Challenges to Religious Communities in New York.


(8th) Immigration and Immigrants Rights

(7th) Youth Leadership and Social Action- an intergenerational Retreat


(6th) Transformative Justice

(5th) The Contribution of Religious Communities to the Education of Children and Youth


(4th) Roots of Violence & the Reimagination of Community

(3rd) Youth and the Search for Identity


(2nd) Patterns of Incarceration and the Prison System

(1st) Immigration, Police Brutality, Identity, and Youth