Havdalah Club is a once a month, Saturday evening program for children in grades 3, 4, and 5. Each month we play games, discuss and debate a Jewish value, explore some Jewish texts related to that value, and join together for a short Havdalah ceremony to end Shabbat together. It's a combination of fun, community, debate, and learning!
While learning on Zoom, we are making adjustments to our curriculum to meet kids’ needs, incorporating whole group and small break out rooms.
Maxine has served as an educator at Kavana for many years, helping us to develop our educational approach. She currently leads our monthly Havdalah Club and Prep & Practice programs, and teaches over the High Holidays. Outside of her work with us, Maxine is a faculty member in the University of Washington's College of Education, working primarily with soon-to-be elementary school teachers.
Lizzi is so excited to continue working with Kavana this year! She is originally from Wisconsin, but has spent time all around North America. She spent 13 years at Jewish summer camp, and loves engaging with Judaism in fun and active ways. Before moving to Seattle, she worked in Mississippi where she wrote and led workshops on Jewish social justice for all ages and interest levels. She has loved getting to know the youngsters in the Kavana community over this last year when she worked with Moadon Yeladim, Havdalah Club, and Prep and Practice. She is starting her second year in Seattle studying for her masters in Museology at UW.
Hava is grateful to be connecting with the Kavana community in new ways by becoming a teacher this upcoming year! She grew up with Kavana, and when she isn’t taking a semester off of college due to covid, she studies child development and sociology at Pitzer College. She’s excited to work with kids in developing Jewish identities during such a crucial time in the world! Outside of working with kids, Hava loves cooking, being outdoors, and exploring Seattle.