Prep & Practice

Program Details

Program dates: 9/18 11/6 12/11 1/22 2/5 3/5 4/2 5/21

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Prep & Practice is a monthly family program that teaches parents and children alike about Jewish holidays, empowering families to celebrate them in personally meaningful ways. Each year we move through the Jewish calendar using a different theme or lens.

Using stories, songs, discussions and projects, Prep & Practice deep dives into Jewish holidays. Parents, guardians and children begin and end each session as one large group; in-between, smaller age-based groups are used wherein educators guide age-appropriate learning and activities

Program Logistics

Prep & Practice takes place monthly on Sundays, from 10am-12pm and will run from September, 2022, to June, 2023

Program Staff

Rachel Osias
Rachel Osias
Director of Education

Rachel Osias acts as Kavana’s Director of Education. Born and raised in the long-grassed, oak-covered hills of California's San Francisco East Bay area, Rachel grew up playing and learning in the hidden worlds of local parks and neighborhoods. 

Rachel's professional and educational background has been an intentional interweaving of environmental sciences, educational equity, social and environmental justice, and experiential education. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy, a K-5th grade Teaching Credential, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Environmental Education. Rachel is passionate about communities in which teaching, learning and the pursuit of educational equity are derived from challenging systemic norms and embracing the identities, experiences and stories of all individuals. 

Maxine Alloway
Maxine Alloway

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.

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Rabbi and Executive Director

Rachel Nussbaum co-founded Kavana in 2006 and serves as its Rabbi and Executive Director. Thanks to her leadership, Kavana has received lots of recognition for its innovative approach to building Jewish community, and Rachel’s responsibilities run the gamut… from teaching and counseling, to dynamic prayer leadership, to re-working the synagogue model for the 21st century. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Rachel holds degrees from Duke University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has been a recipient of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship, the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the AVI CHAI Fellowship, and the Joshua Venture Group Fellowship; more recently she helped to found the Jewish Emergent Network and serves on its executive committee. Rachel resides in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood with her husband Noam Pianko and their three children, and the whole family enjoys the outdoorsy, low-key vibe of the Pacific Northwest.