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Community Kallah

Like camp for kids of all ages, every Memorial Day weekend!

Each spring, JRC members get out of the city to spend Friday to Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends at Perlman Retreat Center in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. The weekend is filled with learning, praying, socializing, sports, singing, dancing, games, and lots of food.

We celebrate Shabbat with a Friday evening community service, a spiritually enriching adult Saturday morning service, and a community Havdalah ceremony. During the weekend, adults have the opportunity to study with clergy, while the kids are invited to join Kamp Kallah for fun activities. There is also plenty of free time to connect with friends and forge new relationships.

Registration Instructions for JRC Members

  • Log in: Log in to the member portal with your email (the one you gave JRC as your contact information) and password.
  • What’s my password? If you don’t remember your password or haven’t set one up yet, please select “forgot my password” and enter your email address. A link to set up a password will be emailed to you.

What to Expect: Learning, Fun, and Community 

After you register, you will receive a packet by email explaining how to get there, what to bring, who’s coming, and full details about the schedule.

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Accommodations

The Perlman Retreat Center is located on 380 acres of woods and fields, less than two hours from JRC. We stay in very basic (but clean) heated rooms with 2-3 bunk beds and a private bath. Some tent camping sites are available at a discount. All food is prepared in a kosher kitchen and served buffet style; vegetarian options are available upon request. Kampers have access to public bathrooms in two nearby buildings.

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Kamp Kallah

Kamp Kallah is all about the kids! Kamp counselors organize and oversee this program. We’ve got plenty of activities to keep kids entertained and happy—nature hikes, sports, art, singing, youth services, junior onegs, and playtime.

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Childcare

Childcare is available during adult learning, praying, and party times; individual babysitters give younger children lots of personal attention. Kallah guests are invited to volunteer to babysit and lead activities for the younger kids under Kamp staff’s supervision.

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Recreation

The Perlman Retreat Center is a lovely setting for an enjoyable outdoor weekend, offering sports, hikes, bike rides, challenging yourself on a high-ropes course, or taking time to relax, read a book, or schmooze with friends, old and new. You can do as much or as little as you wish.

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Friday evening

We try to arrive between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm to get settled into the relaxed spirit of Shabbat and the weekend.  At 6:00 pm, we have a short meet-and-greet followed by  Shabbat dinner, a community Kabbalat Shabbat service, singing, and dancing. Afterward, adults will delve into our first learning session. Kamp Kallah will be open for school-age kids to enjoy snacks, games, and movies. Babysitters will be available for younger children. We close the evening with an adult late-night happy hour and schmooze.

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Saturday

The schedule is full with prayer, learning, partying, free time, and food! After breakfast, Rabbi Weiss and Cantor Friedland lead a Shabbat service, and Kamp Kallah is open for fun and games. After lunch, everyone is invited to hang out during free time. In the late afternoon, another adult learning session will be offered with activities designed to stimulate hearts and minds.

After dinner, we will host the annual talent show. You can share your talent or cheer others on as they entertain us all! We close Shabbat with a Havdalah service and bonfire singalong (complete with s’mores, of course), as well as late-night partying for those with more energy.

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Sunday

After breakfast, there are participatory activities (including arts and crafts and the annual Kallah Olympics) for all ages, followed by free time, lunch, and a closing friendship circle before everyone heads home.

Volunteering

Part of the magic of Kallah is the incredible contribution made by our members. In the past, participants have lead yoga for adults and kids, taught Israeli dancing, organized Ultimate Frisbee and softball games, and coordinated the bonfire. We’ve even got volunteer opportunities for kids. Check out the registration form for more details about volunteering.

Any questions?

Contact Kallah coordinators at:  familykallah@jrctogether.org.