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! Program participants take turns hosting this program at their home.
In a typical year, Havdalah Club sessions are held in participants’ homes, always on Saturday evenings, typically from 5-7pm. This year, given Covid considerations and the fact that Havdalah Club students are not yet eligible for vaccines, we plan to begin the year with outdoor meetings whenever weather permits, and we may adjust timing to correspond more closely to sunset. If you have a space like a deck or yard that might be conducive to hosting, please let us know. Whenever it’s not possible to meet outside, we will meet online (on Zoom).
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.