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October 6, 2015 | 23rd Tishrei 5776

Contact: Emily Grotta
UAHC Department of Communications

Reform Movement Plans Summer Kallah Retreats for
New Hampshire, Colorado and California

For some Reform Jews, summer is a time not for sun but for serious study, as they willingly devote some vacation to travel to one of three five-day Kallot sponsored by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Now in its 13th summer, the UAHC Kallot are retreat programs of exploration, study, and worship-unique experiences in which organized study classes are combined with prayer, singing, socializing, entertainment, and much more. Designed specifically for congregational members who wish to explore Jewish topics in-depth with leading scholars, the Kallot have become transformative experience, leading the participants to more spiritually fulfilling lives throughout the year.

This summer's programs will be held as follows:
· June 27 to July 1 at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH
· July 18 to 22 at the University of California at Santa Cruz
· August 1 to 5 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Each site offers classes taught by leading Jewish scholars, authors, or artists in areas of unrivalled scenic beauty, with breathtaking views and opportunities for outdoor exploration.

Organized around the theme of "Am Yisrael Chai/The Jewish people Lives: Exploring the Jewish Sense of Self and Community," the 2001 Kallot curriculum includes daily limudim (text-based seminars) and chugim (participatory group workshops). The outstanding faculty-which changes with location-includes leading professors from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Jewish studies departments from major universities, as well as well-known artists, musicians, and story tellers. A full listing of faculty and the courses they will teach can be found online at

In a special new feature this year, members of the Guild of Temple Musicians are invited to a special Synagogue Musicians Track at the New Hampshire Kallah. Led by Cantor Josée Wolff, Director of the UAHC's Department of Synagogue Music, Mark Dunn, senior editor of Transcontinental Music Publications, and Mark Kligman, associate professor of Jewish musicology at HUC-JIR, the track will teach musicians the basics of Shabbat liturgy and repertoire and the connection between music and text in the service.

Similarly, the Colorado Kallah will offer a program for congregational educators, including a pre-Kallah seminar taught by Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D., director of the UAHC Department of Jewish Education, New York, NY, and Michael Zeldin, professor of Jewish education, the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, HUC-JIR, Los Angeles, CA

For those who can take an additional day away from their homes and work, each location has a variety of pre-kallah programs on a wide range of topics ranging from Jewish food to Jewish meditation, as well as a day-long class for those who wish to improve their Hebrew skills.

The registration fee includes all meals (kosher style), housing, and program materials. The cost to UAHC congregation members is $650 in New Hampshire and Colorado, $770 in California. There is a $150 additional charge for the pre-Kallah seminars.

Information on the Kallot, including the curriculum, faculty, and registration forms, may be found online, or by contacting the UAHC Department of Adult Jewish Growth, 212-650-4087.


The Union of American Hebrew Congregations is the central body of the Reform Movement in North America, and unites 1.5 million Reform Jews in over 900 synagogues in the United States and Canada. UAHC services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC.


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