Congregational Shabbaton 2018

The descriptive information below was from our April 2018 Shabbaton and is indicative of what we will be planning for our next Congregational Shabbaton scheduled to take place in 2020.


Join us at our first ever ESHKOL (Educational SHabbaton Weekend at KOL Shalom). Shabbaton means a program of education held on Shabbat, or in our case, an entire weekend with a focus on community activity and learning. ESHKOL in Hebrew means a cluster (usually of grapes), and just as each individual member of Kol Shalom is special and sweet in their unique way, so are grapes, but they do not grow as solitary things. They develop and are nurtured in a “cluster of community” – an ESHKOL.

Our Shabbaton takes place over three days at Camp Kalsman and includes multi-generational activities for all congregational age groups. In addition to services and activities led by Rabbi Paul and Cantor Laura, we are privileged to have Abbey Bell, Pacific Northwest regional director of NFTY (U.S. Reform Jewish Youth Movement), coordinating youth and teen activities, and Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Mika Ahuvia, Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair at the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, leading three education sessions.

Lodging and food will use camp facilities (all food is provided but attendees will need to bring their own bedding, towels and toiletries). Our Eshkol will begin on Friday afternoon (the very end of Passover – so we will serve matzah with dinner) and ends Sunday afternoon (see our preliminary agenda).



We are still working out our final schedule and will distribute an updated and complete program to all attendees prior to the Shabbaton. For now, here is what we have planned for the weekend.

April 6, Friday

3:00-5:00p               Arrival and Welcome

5:30-6:30p               Dinner (seventh day of Pesach, so we will still get to eat matzah)

7:00-7:45p               Evening Kabbalat Shabbat Service

8:00-9:00p               Scholar-in-Residence Session / and Child Bedtime Stories (parallel track)

9:00-conclusion         Adult Get-Together and Schmooze

April 7, Saturday

8:00-9:00a               Breakfast

9:00-10:00a             Torah Study

10:00-11:15a           Camp Style Morning Service

11:15-noon              Scholar-in-Residence Sermon / Children’s Activity (parallel track)

Noon-1:00p              Lunch

1:30-3:00p               Nature Walks or Outside Activities / or Learning Session with Rabbi Paul (parallel track)

3:00-6:00p               Free time for group games, sports, music, Social Action Project, Mincha afternoon service or other activities

6:30-8:00p               Dinner (Sunset on April 7 is 7:48pm)

8:30p                       Havdalah followed by an evening Congregational Talent Show

April 8, Sunday

8:00-9:00a               Optional Morning Service

9:00-10:00a             Breakfast

10:00-noon              Family Film Session or Family Arts and Crafts Activity / and Scholar-in-Residence Session (parallel track)

Noon-end                 Farewell Event with a boxed lunch provided to eat here or take home



Camp Kalsman offers several different options for lodging—you will be able to request your first and second lodging choices that appeal most to you.

There will be a small surcharge for the more limited small-room lodging options for a single individual or a family wanting a private room.

There are eleven full-bed or double twin rooms (in the medical facility) all with private baths – these will be allocated first to attendees that require private bath arrangements, wheel-chair access, or close proximity to the dining facility.

There are a limited number of small upstairs and downstairs rooms (in the Retreat Center) suitable for families, some with private bath and some with a shared bath. The Retreat Center is a slightly remote building with a short walk back to the dining facility.

There are also a few yurts that can accommodate an entire family. The yurts utilize Pool House bathrooms and can be supplied with portable space heaters.

Much of the available lodging will be in two large (but heated) connected cabins with bunk rooms, shared by up to 18 people in each (camper style), with two small private rooms also available in those buildings. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent. Children age 8 and above will be allowed to use cabin lodging without parents (but with parental permission). Supervisory youth counselors will be present in the cabins.

There are also non-heated cabins (with sealed window and space heaters) that we don’t plan to use, but can be made available if we receive a much larger registration than we have projected.

The parking lot can also be utilized by recreational vehicles, although there are no power hook-ups.