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Date: Friday, March 09, 2018
Location: B'nai Israel Congregation
Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Friday, March 9–Sunday, March 11 at the Pearlstone Retreat Center
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!
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 experience 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. Students are encouraged to bring sports equipment and Shabbat friendly board games for use during free time on Shabbat.
Will there be bus transportation to the Kallah?
Yes. Buses will depart promptly from B’nai Israel at 1:45 PM on Friday, March 9 and will return to B’nai Israel at approximately 12:30 PM on Sunday, March 11. 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 PM.
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 PM. If students have trouble securing an excused absence, please contact Rabbi Berkowitz.
Where will my child stay for the weekend?
We will be staying at Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD (www.pearlstonecenter.org).
What kind of adult supervision will there be for the weekend?
Rabbi Mitch Berkowitz and Rebecca Ravski, Youth Director Sam Berenson, and Education Director Moshe Ben-Lev, and Kadima Youth Advisor Kevin Lazerus, will be joining us as program facilitators and supervisors.
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 ensure 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 cell phones 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 $195 must be received in full, along with a completed application. Additional financial aid is available. Please contact Rabbi Berkowitz for more information. Applications submitted by February 9 are subject to a $15 discount. All applications are due on Tuesday, February 23. Unfortunately, no refunds can be made for any cancellations made after February 23.
How can I get in touch with my child in case of an emergency during the weekend?
You will be given a cell phone 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 $240. Special thanks to the Dollye and I. Wolford Berman Educational Initiative Grant for significantly subsidizing this experience.
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Organized by: Rabbi Mitchell H. Berkowitz
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