Prep & Practice


We aim to empower families to celebrate Jewish holidays in ways that are meaningful to them, with the community and in their own homes.

About the Program:

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).  Families will circulate through various activities in a "round robin" format, and we will cluster families into groups based on the ages of their children. 

Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur: September 25th 
Shabbat: November 20th
Chanukah: December 18th 
Tu B'Shevat: February 5th 
Purim: March 5th
Passover: April 2nd
Yom Hashoah/Yom Haatzmaut/Yom Hazikaron:  April 30th
Shavuot/end of year celebration: June 4th 

Program Staff

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Rabbi and Executive Director

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.

Rabbi Sydney Danziger
Rabbinic fellow

Sydney joins Kavana as a member of the first cohort of rabbinic fellows from the Jewish Emergent Network. She is a former labor organizer and Birthright Israel official and more recently served as the assistant rabbi at Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati. Sydney is a native of Albuquerque and was ordained by Hebrew Union College.

Maxine Alloway
Education Coordinator

Maxine 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 program. 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.