Prep & Practice

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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.

We gather monthly on a Sunday morning to do a deep-dive into an upcoming Jewish holiday through stories, song, discussions and projects. Parents and children begin and end each session in whole-family groups; in between, we break out into age-based groups (typically one for preschool/pre-K students, one for early elementary students, one for older elementary students, and one for adults), where educators guide age-appropriate learning and activities.


Prep & Practice takes place monthly on Sunday mornings, from 10am - 12noon. Here are the 2021-22 dates:

October 17
November 21
December 12 - postponed due to weather forecast!
January 9
February 13
March 13
April 3
May 22
June 12

Due to Covid, we plan to at least begin the 2021-22 school year by meeting in outdoor locations. Each month, we will announce the location in advance, and we will also be prepared - in the case of inclement weather - to meet instead on Zoom. Hopefully this way we will be able to maximize in-person interaction among both children and parents, foster a sense of community, and also maintain the safety of our group (and particularly our currently-unvaccinated children).

Program Staff

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.

Brielle Bush
Brielle Bush
Moadon Yeladim Educator

Brielle is excited to return to the Kavana community as a teacher in Prep and Practice. She grew up in the Seattle area and attended the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle and Northwest Yeshiva High School. Brielle has experience working in youth programs at various Synagogues and being a counselor at different Jewish summer camps. Brielle is starting her Junior year at the University of Washington and is active in Jewish organizations on campus. She loves working with kids and looks forward to another fun year at Kavana!