Yom Kippur Retreat
Friday, September 29, 2017 through Sunday, October 1, 2017
Join Rabbi Carla Fenves, Rabbinical Student Rena Singer and Monica Pevzner from our community engagement team for an informal Yom Kippur retreat in the wilderness. Experience Yom Kippur the way it was originally intended—no suits, cell phones, or distractions. Spend a full day in nature reflecting on the year passed by and the days ahead.
The cost for the weekend is $140/adult, $65/child (3-17), free for children 2 and under. We will be at Camp Newman in Sonoma. This retreat is open to members of the Congregation and their families.
Registration is now closed, we hope you’ll join us next time!
Here is a sample schedule:
Arrive in late afternoon and check-in
Festive group dinner and introductions
Kol Nidre Service
Morning Yom Kippur Service
Free Time- Arts program, hike, text study
Yizkor and Neilah
Campfire and smores
Check out by 12pm
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I, or my kids, want to eat during Yom Kippur?
We provide the pre- and post-fast meals on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you are not fasting, then we encourage you to bring your own food for during the day on Saturday. Try to stick to easy, non-perishable things, because there will be no kitchen available for preparing meals.
Will childcare be available?
Yes! We will have babysitting during Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Morning services for children ages 2-6. We will also have “busy bags” for children who sit through services. We encourage you to bring your child’s favorite non-electronic toys, board games, etc. so long as they are willing to share.
Can I help to lead any of the activities?
Again, yes! We would love it if you wanted to lead an afternoon activity, have an honor during services, or help coordinate. Please contact Rabbi Fenves if interested.
Will Internet or cell phone coverage be available?
No and no. That is the point.
What is proper attire for the retreat?
Yom Kippur is a day to focus internally and not to worry about dressing up. Traditionally, Jews wear white on Yom Kippur to represent purity and rebirth and avoid make-up, leather, or any luxury goods.
What should I pack?
Think glamping. You will need bedding for each person—either sheets or a sleeping bag and pillow. Although it can get warm during the day, bring for the evening, as it gets a bit cold. Plus, fun stuff like flash lights, picnic blankets, portable chairs, etc.
Is transportation provided?
No. Once people are registered, we will do our best to help find carpools.
How far is URJ Camp Newman from Emanu-El?
The drive to Camp Newman takes a little over an hour without traffic. We advise families to leave San Francisco before 2 pm to avoid traffic congestion, which can lengthen the ride to 2 hours. The best option is to leave early and enjoy a relaxing lunch and afternoon in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg.
Can I come for just part of the retreat–arriving late or leaving early?
We would love for you to get the full experience. But do what you can. The cost is the same regardless. If you are arriving late, sure to contact Monica with when you plan to arrive so we know when to expect you.
What is the housing breakdown?
Housing requests will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.
There are two options: Field Cabins are dorm-style with 4 sets of bunk beds and 1 large shared bathroom with showers.
The Faculty Cabins, while further away and uphill from the major activities of the weekend, allow for more privacy with two bedrooms with one bath and do have a few extra amenities like a kitchenette and living room.
Update: we hit capacity for our Faculty Cabin requests and currently only have space in our Field Cabins.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact Monica Pevzner.