The Family of Great Awakening Assemblies will be celebrating the Feast of Trumpets together in Detroit, MI September 18-20, 2020. The 2020 Yom Teruah celebration includes 100+ Persons Sounding the Shofar (Trumpets), Workshops, Night of Worship, a Sabbath Gathering, Basketball Tournament, Lake Baptism (Immersion), and Cookout at Metro Park.



Registration Fee: $160.00 per person

Registration fee includes a 3 day and 2-night sleeping accommodations, all meals, snacks, and activities.

Your registration includes the following:

  • 2 Night 3 Day Stay
  • All Meals Included
  • Family Oriented
  • 100+ Persons Sounding the Shofar (Trumpets)
  • Workshops
  • Night of Worship
  • Sabbath Gathering
  • Lake Baptism (Immersion)
  • Cookout at Metro Park
  • Installation of New Morehs
  • Snacks
  • T-Shirt

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During the Retreat, you will be trained by our leaders. They are dynamic, fun presenters who teach biblically and Hebraic-centered and professional-sound concepts. Our Speakers are:

  • Dr. Kenneth Howard
  • Ron Dalton Jr.
  • Elder Eddie Stallworth
  • Dr. Michael Laws
  • Moreh Vaughn Parker
  • Moreh Rick Marlin


The Yom Teruah Event will run from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning.

Friday September 18, 2020

  • 1:00-4:00pm Arrival and Fellowship
  • 5:00-6:00pm Registration, Dinner and Fellowship
  • 6:00-7:00pm Evening Session (Welcome and Worship)
  • 7:00-8:00pm Workshop A
  • 8:00-8:35pm Break
  • 8:30-9:30pm Workshop B
  • 9:30pm Blowing of the Shofars


Saturday September 19, 2020

  • 8:00-9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:45am Fellowship Time
  • 10:00-12:00pm Sabbath Gathering
  • ü Worship
  • ü Installation of Morehs
  • ü Sabbath Teaching
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00pm Free time
  • 3:00-4:00pm Workshop B
  • 4:00:5:00pm Workshop C
  • 6:00-7:00pm Dinner
  • 8:00–10:00pm Night of Worship

Sunday September 20, 2020

  • 8:00-9:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Lake Immersions at Metro Park
  • 12:00-5:00pm Great Awakening Cookout



Moreh Retreat 2020 COVID-19 Retreat Policy & Procedures

We are so excited to have you all at the Yom Teruah Event 2020.

We want you to know our biggest goal during this retreat is to keep you and your family safe. While COVID-19 has entered into every part of our lives, we still want the focus of your this retreat to be about fellowship, learning and fun!

As the time of the Yom Teruah Event progresses most communication will be sent via email. It is also important that all forms are completed, including the new COVID-19 Release Form.

We will be asking all Participants to complete a Pre-Retreat Health Screening Form, in addition to daily healthy screening while at retreat. We are finalizing our infectious disease procedures with medical experts for COVID-19 and will share those with you next week.

Potential Case of COVID-19 Policy

In the wake of the rapidly escalating concern for the Coronavirus and those affected, the health and safety of our Participants is our first priority. Please see below our planned procedures:

  • If you are sick, stay home. 
  • During your stay at the Retreat- wash your hands often. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Consider keeping a small hand sanitizer in your pocket, or use the ones that the Great Awakening have placed in general areas of our facilities.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, and cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. Dispose of tissue immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid shaking hands when possible. Shake and then wash or invite fist/elbow bumps as greetings.
  • • Avoid touching your face, and keep others accountable when appropriate.
  • Avoid touching things that you absolutely don't have to.
  • Large gatherings are an opportunity for cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses to spread, so help keep our community safe and healthy.

Health and safety is the Great Awakening number one priority at this time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions regarding these procedures.

A Healthy Retreat Begins At Home

Participant families will be required to complete the pre-retreat health screening document and bring it with them when they check in to retreat. If there has been any potentially contagious illness or COVID-19 in the household prior to retreat, contact us for instructions. Once at event, Participants will be required to stay with their groups and not interact with other groups at retreat to reduce the chance of spread. Temperatures will be taken twice daily and recorded for all Participants and staff. A nurse and physician will remain on site throughout the retreat week.

Participant or Staff Presents Fever or Other COVID-19 Symptoms

If a Participant has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, they will be isolated immediately in our separate COVID-19 medical building and evaluated for symptoms. The Participant will be asked to leave the event as soon as possible but no later than 8 hours following the initial phone call. The local health department will also be contacted. The Great Awakening will provide an N95 mask for the Participant to wear home, should they not have access to an N95 mask. We will request that you arrange to be tested and inform the Great Awakening of the results.

Should a Participant in the group test positive, it is our policy to notify all Participants and their families who are a part of the group and require them to depart from retreat. They will be instructed to leave the retreat within 8 hours. This policy is designed to keep retreat safe and healthy and not spread the virus. It also emphasizes the importance of good hygiene practices prior to retreat and during the event session.

After Retreat for All Participants

Following retreat, it is highly recommended Participants self-isolate for a two-week period to ensure they have not contracted COVID-19 and to remain distant from anyone in the household who may have increased risk factors.

The above processes are drawn from guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Guidance, authored by Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., the State of Michigan, our local health department and our team of retreat medical experts.


Please be prepared with face coverings for all family members in the vehicle, as well as Participants. Staff will be wearing face coverings, too.

Each Participant and their family will be assigned a check-in time for Friday. You will receive this time the week prior to the Retreat. It is very important that you arrive at retreat at this time. The gate will be closed to all guests unless it is your time to check-in. When you arrive, staff will guide your vehicle to the designated drop-off area.


During the Yom Teruah Event, rooms will be at half-capacity. For some room layouts, this will mean only 1 Participants per room (where there had been 4). For other rooms it may mean 2 Participants per room (where there had been 4). This will allow for 6-feet between Participants while sleeping. It will be very important that each Participant's items can be stored in under-the-bed containers. Additionally, because all Participants will be here for 1 week, a weekly assigned laundry time will be given to each cabin group to wash bedding and other personal items. Sheets will be changed daily. Please make sure you bring a non-mesh laundry bag with you. We will provide laundry detergent but if you have any sensitivity please consider packing your own.

Cleaning & Meals:

Participants will be asked to do daily sweeping, trash-removal and cleaning of their living areas. Each building, room and bathhouse will be cleaned and disinfected by trained staff.

Instead of eating family style in the dining hall, there will be designated outside and inside areas for each Participant group to eat. These will be exclusive to each group to help prevent cross-contamination. Each meal will be served in an individual container for each Participant and retreat staff members will pass out. If a Participant has a dietary need this will be marked on the outside of the container. Participants and staff will eat every meal with their designated groups.

Daily Activities and Groups:

Participants will eat and participate in activities within their small (16 Participants) groups. Under the guidelines put forth by both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) practice is highly recommended. Participant retreat activities will proceed as usual, with activities such as worship gatherings, training sessions, and outdoors sessions. At activities such where equipment is needed, each Participant will be assigned an equipment number. This means they will always use the same equipment during these activities. This is to help with contact tracing and lower the risk of cross-contamination. Equipment will be sanitized between groups. The few all retreat activities, including worship and the dance, will proceed normally but with social distancing between groups and face-coverings will be worn during times of singing.

After Retreat for All Participants

Again, following retreat, it is highly recommended Participants self-isolate for a two-week period to ensure they have not contracted COVID-19 and to remain distant from anyone in the household who may have increased risk factors.

The above processes are drawn from guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center and the Great Awakening and our team of medical experts.



Colombiere Conference & Retreat Center is nestled on 420 rolling acres of mature pines and hardwoods in Clarkston, Michigan. Located right off I-75, we are less than an hour drive from Detroit, Flint or Lansing.

Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center

Attn: Conference Center Manager

9075 Big Lake Rd.

Clarkston, Michigan 48346

Phone: 877-352-6119 (toll free)

Phone: 248-620-2443

General: (248) 625-5611 ext. 275

Fax: 248-620-2433


Downtown Clarkston is just two miles away with several excellent restaurants, fast-food outlets and shopping district. Shepherd's Hollow Golf Course is located on the grounds. 2 large outlet shopping malls are a short drive. Interstate I -75 is less than one half mile from the entrance to the center with Flint just 25 miles to the north and Detroit 35 miles to the south.

Colombiere is easily reached via I-75 north from Detroit or south from Flint to Dixie Highway - Waterford (#93) exit, then south on Dixie 1/4 mile to Big Lake Rd.


From Ann Arbor, take U.S. 23 north to M-59 (Highland Rd. Exit 67). Go east (turn right) to Airport Rd north (left turn) to Andersonville Rd (right turn) to Dixie Highway north (left turn) about 5 miles to Big Lake Rd. Turn Left on Big Lake. Follow the signs to Colombiere Center (approximately 1/2 mile).

Taxi Services

From Flint Bishop Airport

Bishop International Cab (810)691-6396 estimates $68 to Clarkston

Hey! Taxi (810)629-7080 $57 to Clarkston

Citizen’s Car Service 1-800-878-7887 $95 to Clarkston

Detroit Metro Airport

Airport Taxis 1-800-745-5191 $91 to Clarkston

Metro Cars 1-800-456-1701 $103 + gratuity

Citizen’s Car Service 1-800-878-7887 $85



Overnight accommodations are available for a maximum of 240+ guests. A limited number of rooms are available with private bath. However, due to COVID restrictions, we have made a decision to place one person per room. All rooms without bath have a sink in the room with common use of restrooms and showers located across the hallway. Bed linens and towels are provided. The conference center is located in one building on 4 floors. Each floor has varied meeting spaces to best suit your group needs.

All Rooms have the following Features:

  • FREE wired and wireless Internet Access
  • Microwave & Refrigerator
  • Coffee Makers
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk with lamp

Building Access

Exterior doors open at 6:00am. Doors are locked at 8:00pm.

First Aid/Medical Emergencies

Clarkston Ambulatory Care Center (5885 M-15, Clarkston, 248-625-2273) is open 24 hours. If transportation is needed, contact your group coordinator. CVS Pharmacy (7091 Dixie Hwy) and Walgreen (7110 Dixie Hwy) are the nearest pharmacies. Colombiere staff is not trained to administer emergency first aid. The group coordinator is responsible for contacting a doctor, etc. Report emergencies to any available Colombiere personnel.


Dress is comfortable and casual unless dictated otherwise the Great Awakening H2N International. During warm weather, tank tops, halter-tops, beachwear is not permitted in the dining room or lobby. Walking shorts are acceptable. Appropriate footwear is necessary in the dining room.


Room keys are issued to you on arrival by your group coordinator. When leaving, guests are asked to drop the key in the key box by the front lobby receptionist. There is a $10.00 charge to the group account for failure to return a key.   


Meals are normally served buffet style in the facility’s dining room which overlooks our spacious grounds.  However, due to COVID restrictions ALL MEALS WILL BE SERVED ON A TRAY. We will accommodate all types of special dietary needs.  Vegan and Vegetarian meals available upon request.  Upon finishing, Participants and their families are asked to place their trays on the carts provided.”

Breakfast: 8:00am

Lunch:  12:05pm

Dinner: 6:00pm


Recreation Room

Participants can enjoy an array of activities in our recreation room where you can enjoy a game of ping pong, board games, jumbo Jenga, corn hole, darts or Connect 4. Our space boasts a colorful, modern look and a simply fun place to utilize during breaks and free time.



Colombiere features an outdoor heated pool which is open seasonally. Participants are welcome to enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool to relieve stress and satisfy exercise needs. Please bring your own towels for pool use. Lifeguards are required for pool use.   One lifeguard is required for every 50 people in the pool enclosure. 

Half-Court Basketball

This Conference Center has a brand new outdoor ½ basketball court is located next to the athletic field. Basketballs are available for check out at the Reception office.

Athletic Field

Beautiful large open space primarily used for any outdoor activities.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club

Shepherd's Hollow is a 27 hole public golf course. It has been acclaimed as one of Michigan's finest golf courses.

Wireless Internet

Colombiere offers WiFi access in most areas.

Camp fire

Seating is provided around the Camp fire.  

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