Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Location: B'nai Israel Congregation
Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Friday, February 24–Sunday, February 26 at Capital Camps
Join the B’nai Israel staff for a very special weekend! We introduce our students to a traditional Shabbat experience and provide opportunities for learning, socializing, and fun! Highlights include a bonfire with ghost stories and songs, s’mores, a talent show, and snow tubing!
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of things will you do on the Kallah?
Our primary goals for the program are to introduce our students to a traditional Shabbat and to provide opportunities for socializing and fun. Our multifaceted program includes evening social programs, sports, informal educational opportunities, Junior Congregation style services, and much more. The Saturday evening activity will be snow tubing at Ski Liberty. Students are encouraged to bring sports equipment and Shabbat friendly board games for use during free time on Shabbat. Students interested in helping to plan the program should contact Youth Director Sam Berenson and ask to join our steering committee.
Will there be bus transportation to the Kallah?
Yes. Buses will depart promptly from B’nai Israel at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, February 24 and will return to B’nai Israel at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 26. If we anticipate a late return to the synagogue, parents will be contacted via text message. Parents who would like to bring their child up to camp on their own must arrive to camp by 5:00 p.m.
Will my child have to miss school on Friday?
In order to allow enough time for the students to settle in at camp and to begin our program before Shabbat, it is necessary for us to depart from Rockville no later than 1:45 p.m. If any children have trouble securing an excused absence for this program, please contact Rabbi Safra.
Where will my child stay for the weekend?
We will be staying at in Lodge Bet at Capital Camps in Waynesboro, PA (www.capitalretreat.org). Students will be housed in groups of 3–6 (depending on the size of the room) in hotel-style rooms, with private bathrooms. Boys and girls rooms will be separated. All staff members will be lodging in the same building.
What kind of adult supervision will there be for the weekend?
Rabbi Michael and Sharon Safra, Youth Director Sam Berenson, Education Director Moshe Ben-Lev, and Assistant Education Director Babette Cohn will be joining us as program facilitators and supervisors. Additional adults will be hired as counselors to maintain a staff:student ratio of 1:7.
What kinds of rules and restrictions will there be? How will my child be affected by Shabbat observance?
This application packet includes a list of rules designed to insure the safety of all participants, the integrity of our program, and the sanctity of Shabbat. In addition to all the special things we do to honor Shabbat, we will refrain from traveling, writing, handling money, playing musical instruments or radios, and using telephones or electronic devices. Children are not permitted to arrive at or leave the facility during Shabbat. Cell phones are not permitted to be used in public spaces throughout the weekend.
What are your payment and refund policies?
In order to secure your space on this exciting Kallah, payment of $229 must be received in full, along with a completed application. Additional financial aid is available. Please contact Rabbi Safra for more information. Applications submitted by January 24 are subject to a $10 discount.All applications are due on Tuesday, February 7. Unfortunately, no refunds can be made for any cancellations made after February 10.
How can I get in touch with my child in case of an emergency during the weekend?
You will be given a cell number in order to reach us on Shabbat. This cell phone will be on throughout the weekend. On Shabbat we ask that you limit calls to true emergencies. In the event that you cannot reach the cell number you are given, call B’nai Israel (301-881-6550) and follow the prompt to the emergency line.
When will I get more specific information?
All registered participants will receive a mailing including a packing list, emergency contact information, a program schedule and other useful information in advance of the Kallah. In the meantime, please contact Youth Director Sam Berenson (240-221-2515, firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have.
*Please note that the actual cost of this weekend is $364. Special thanks to the Dollye and I. Wolford Berman Educational
Initiative Grant for significantly subsidizing this experience.
Organized by: Samantha Berenson
Have questions?Contact the organizer