Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
Location: B'nai Israel Congregation
Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Friday, March 20–Sunday, March 22 at the Pearlstone Retreat Center
All 5th and 6th graders are invited to join B’nai Israel clergy and staff at Pearlstone Retreat Center for a weekend of fun and games! Celebrate Shabbat and get to know new friends on this special weekend away.
Click here to download the registration form.
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 20 and will return to B’nai Israel at approximately 12:30 PM on Sunday, March 22. 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.
Where will my child stay for the weekend?
We will be staying at Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD (www.pearlstonecenter.org).
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.
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 Sarah Jarvis (240-221-2515, email@example.com) with any questions you may have.
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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