Prep & Practice

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Sunday, June 6, 2021
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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.

About the Program

Prep & Practice helps parents and kids learn about, prepare, and practice for Jewish holidays. Each month we do a deep dive into an upcoming holiday, through singing, stories, discussions, and activities.  

This monthly program is for families- parents and kids alike. It is appropriate for kids in preschool and elementary school (K-5). This year, we'll be structuring the program to have FOUR breakout groups- one for parents, one for younger kids, one for early elementary, and one for upper elementary to ensure that the content is appropriate for families with kids ranging from preschool through elementary.  

While learning on Zoom, we are making adjustments to our curriculum to involve more small group discussion, as well as activities that can be done at home.

2020-2021 Prep & Practice Dates

Oct. 11th (Simchat Torah)

Nov. 8th (Shabbat)

Dec. 6th (Chanukah)

Jan. 24th (Tu B’Shvat)

Feb. 21 (Purim)

Mar. 21 (Pesach)

Apr. 25 (Lag BaOmer)

May 16 (Shavuot)

June 6 (Havdalah)

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.

Brielle Bush
Brielle Bush
Moadon Yeladim Educator

Brielle is excited to return to the Kavana community as a teacher in Moadon Yeladim and 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 Sophomore year at the University of Washington and will be pursuing a teaching internship at the Jewish Day School. She loves working with kids and looks forward to a fun year at Kavana!

Lizzi Meister
Lizzi Meister
Moadon Yeladim Educator

Lizzi is so excited to continue working with Kavana this year! She is originally from Wisconsin, but has spent time all around North America. She spent 13 years at Jewish summer camp, and loves engaging with Judaism in fun and active ways. Before moving to Seattle, she worked in Mississippi where she wrote and led workshops on Jewish social justice for all ages and interest levels. She has loved getting to know the youngsters in the Kavana community over this last year when she worked with Moadon Yeladim, Havdalah Club, and Prep and Practice. She is starting her second year in Seattle studying for her masters in Museology at UW.

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
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.