2018 Congregational Retreat

We are thrilled to announce a fun and unique opportunity through our on-site Camp Retreat.  Join our clergy, staff, and members of the Temple Emanu-El family for a wonderful weekend at our Temple. This retreat will be filled with camp-style opportunities for everyone. Whether you are part of a family with children or an adult without kids, this is an enriching time together with plenty of activities, including stimulating discussions, inspiring services, singing, schmoozing, eating, and relaxing.

February 9-10, 2018

Tentative Schedule

5:30 PM - Arrival and shmooze
5:45 PM -  Kabbalat Camp Style Shabbat services, Wear white.  This service will be lead by Rabbi Dana Magat, EESY teens, Phil Hankin, Director of Education, and Robin Kopf, Religious School Song Leader.  A musically oriented service on our beautiful courtyard (weather permitting)!
6:30 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Song session and Israeli dancing
8:00 PM - Adults and young kids leave; kids ages 2nd grade and above stay for overnight at Temple

8:00 AM - Wakeup for overnighters
8:15 AM - Breakfast
8:45 AM - Pack up
9:00 AM - Adults and others arrive
9:15 AM - Shabbat morning artistic Service, lead by EESY teens, and supported by artists in residence, Isaac and Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik
10:15 AM - Kiddush nosh
10:30 AM - Art intensive session for teens and adults, lead by Isaac and Shawna; children's program separate - run by staff
12:45 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Chuggim (Elective Activities) for all ages
2:30 PM - Family Art session, lead by Isaac and Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik
3:30 PM - Break/Its Its snack
3:50 PM - Family Maccabiah games
4:45 PM - Havdallah
5:00 PM - Go home

About our Artists-In-Residence: 

Husband and wife “dynamic duo” Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik spend a lot of their time talking about Judaism, comic books, and art. They have a powerful one-two punch, bringing deep Jewish scholarship together with a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional art of papercutting, sharing insights, telling stories, and providing your community with the opportunity and tools to make visual biblical commentary — what they call “paper midrash.”  Learn More Here.