We aim to empower families to celebrate Jewish holidays in ways that are meaningful to them, with the community and in their own homes. Every year we have a different theme or lens that we use for exploring the holidays.
Prep & Practice helps parents & kids prepare and practice for Jewish holidays through stories, cooking, building, and creative arts & crafts projects. This monthly program is for families - parents and kids all together. It is appropriate for children in preschool and elementary school (younger and older siblings are also welcome, but the content will be targeted specifically for that age range). This year, we'll be structuring the program to have three breakout groups (one for parents, one for younger children and one for older children) to ensure that the content is appropriate for families with children ranging from preschool through elementary.
On any given day, you might find Rachel meeting with new partners, preparing for life- cycle events, teaching Torah, pondering next year’s budget, or trying to keep her inbox below 1000 new messages! She also enjoys leading spirited prayer services and believes in the role of Judaism in working toward the principles of justice and service. Rachel co-founded Kavana in 2006 with Suzi LeVine, and since then has received national recognition and awards for her work. She is a native of Charleston and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Maxine helps guides the big picture of Kavana’s educational approach, designing curriculum and working with our educators on professional development. She also leads the Havdalah Club and Prep & Practice programs. 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.
Jessica is excited to be joining the Kavana Prep & Practice education team! She has been a Kavana partner for six years and loves helping families find meaningful ways to observe Jewish holidays. She originally hails from Newton, MA, but has called Seattle home for the past 15 years. She has a Master of Education and has served various roles in Kavana’s education programs over the years. She has taught pre-school high holiday family programs and tutored Bat Mitzvah students. Before having her two daughters, Jessica worked as a science educator at the Pacific Science Center and is now applying to nursing school. She is looking forward to sharing holiday traditions with other Kavana families!