Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    • (PDT)
    • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    Register

    Preparing for High Holidays can add new layers of meaning to the experience, along the lines of "the more you put into it, the more you get out of it." And according to many - including renowned rabbi, writer, and meditation teacher Rabbi Alan Lew, z"l -- preparation for High Holidays begins in advance of Erev Rosh HaShanah.... far in advance! In his beloved contemporary classic "This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared," Rabbi Lew charts the High Holiday season -- in his view, it stretches from Tisha B'Av in high summer through the end of Sukkot in the fall -- as a carefully-crafted opportunity for a spiritual journey of introspection, growth, and repair. Rabbi Lew's writing is readable and of exceptional quality -- it is by turns funny and poignant, down-to-earth and deep, and always based in stories from real people's lives. 

    We will read select chapters of the book in preparation for each session. 

    Series dates are: 8/21, 9/4, 9/18, 10/6 (Sunday), 10/16

    Participants are encouraged to come to the whole series; AND new-comers and drop-in attendees are also most welcome! Whether you plan to come to the whole series or plan to come less often, please register.

    • Saturday, September 14, 2019
    • (PDT)
    • Saturday, June 13, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Participants' homes
    Register

    Havdalah Club is a once a month, Saturday evening program for children in grades 3, 4 and 5. The goals of this program are: to help children develop critical thinking skills in a Jewish context, to teach kids how to grapple with life's questions and problems using Jewish texts and values, and to provide a fun environment in which to meet other Jewish kids.

    A note about the Series registration option:
    We encourage families to register for the series (rather than individual sessions) as ongoing participation helps build a sense of community among this cohort. As series participants, we assume that your child will attend each session, unless you tell us otherwise. Please email Maxine Alloway if your child will not be attending the upcoming session. 

    Location: 
    In order to provide an intimate environment, hosting responsibility will rotate to different kids' homes.  You will have the opportunity to host, if you'd like to.
      • Sunday, September 22, 2019
      • (PDT)
      • Sunday, May 17, 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 9 sessions
      • TBD
      Register

      This monthly program is for families - parents and kids all together. This year, we'll be structuring the program to have three breakout groups (one for parents, younger children and older children) to ensure that the P&P program is appropriate for families with children ranging from preschool through elementary. 

      A note about this Series registration option: We encourage families to register for the series (rather than individual sessions) as ongoing participation helps build a sense of community among this cohort of families. As series participants, we assume that your family will attend each session, unless you tell us otherwise. Please email Maxine Alloway if your family will not be attending the upcoming session. 

      (Note: There is an option to sign up for individual sessions if you can't commit to the series. Email us for the individual registration page.)

      • Sunday, September 22, 2019
      • (PDT)
      • Sunday, May 17, 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 9 sessions
      • Participants' homes
      Register

      Kavana’s High School program is a place for Kavana High School students to be Jewish, do Jewish, and become a Jewish community of youth. This is a student-led program, where the participants choose the focuses and the activities, and often lead much of the programs. Like everything at Kavana, it is a place for participants to (continue to) develop their own Jewish identities on their own terms.

      We are a diverse, pluralistic group of teens from Kavana families with a wide variety of beliefs, identities, and ways of doing Jewish — all are welcome!

      This year will probably include a lot of the same kinds of activities, but the particular mix of activities and the specific things we do will — as always — be up to the participants!

      The program takes place once a month on Sunday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm. Most sessions are in participants’ homes. 

        • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Queen Anne location
        Register

        We would like to invite you to an evening program that will serve as an opportunity for folks to meet and connect before the weekly Tuesday night program begins on Oct. 29. We have rescheduled this special evening for Oct. 15 during the harvest holiday of Sukkot due to some conflicts with back-to-school nights. 

        We will serve pizza, schmooze, and offer a short program… 

        In collaboration with Kavana partner Lisa Cohen (and parent of a middle schooler) we have developed a special program inspired by her short film, Confessions of a Social Bully. We will watch the film together, and then break into groups, with the kids’ discussion facilitated by their Middle School Program teachers, Maya Itah and Cara Abrams-Simonton, and the adults’ discussion facilitated by Lisa and Rabbi Rachel

        The exact location will be announced closer to the date. 

        Contact Cara with any questions - cara@kavana.org

        • Thursday, October 17, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Temple Beth Am

        There is an urgent need for volunteers for the Washington Immigration Solidarity Network (WAISN) (https://www.waisn.org/educationimmigration accompaniment program. The accompaniment program recruits and trains volunteers to accompany people navigating the pipelines of the immigration machine; to their immigration hearings, ICE check-ins, and civil courthouse matters.

        Accompaniment provides support to the person and enables volunteers to hold immigration and courthouse personnel authorities accountable. 

        Once you're trained you become part of the accompaniment program. You'll learn about upcoming accompaniments and can sign up for time slots and locations that work for you.

        The first of a 3-part immigrant accompaniment training  will be held on October 17, 2019 from 10 am to noon at Temple Beth Am. The training is sponsored by the Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW (JCIJ NW) and the The Church Council of Greater Seattle.

        Only a limited number of spaces are available. If you have questions or are interested in participating in the training, contact Libby Cohen.

        • Saturday, October 19, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)
        • Queen Anne Location - RSVP for details
        Register

        Traci Marx, our amazing musician, joins Kavana partners and Rabbi Josh to lead several Contemplative Shabbat Morning experiences. Like our Urban High Holiday Spirituality Retreat, these Shabbat mornings will begin with optional yoga and meditation, followed by Hebrew Kirtan Chanting with Traci based on the Shabbat morning service. 

        • Sunday, October 20, 2019
        • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Oxbow Farm
        Register

        What better way to observe the agricultural holiday of Sukkot than by spending time as a community on a farm?!  We'll glean produce (this means: pick what's leftover in the fields) and donate it to a local food bank.  Last year, we harvested many many boxes of kale, collards, green-beans and more!  It's a great opportunity to hang out on a farm, do a little Jewish learning with Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, meet some new friends, and get your hands dirty with a very tactile community service project.  Everyone is welcome to participate (partners and non-partners, adults and kids alike).


        • Thursday, October 24, 2019
        • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
        • Seward Park neighborhood
        Register

        Program & Schedule:  We're excited to be opening "Darom" / South Seattle location for our partners as a pilot program this year! If you're interested in this program for your child, please contact Cara, Kavana's Director of Education. 

        Moadon Yeladim provides a warm, positive environment in which kids build community and identity while also being exposed to Hebrew and Judaics. At Moadon we aim to provide kids with significant exposure to the Hebrew language, including sharing our love of Hebrew as a vibrant, living language as well as teaching basic Hebrew reading skills. This program is also designed to expose kids to Jewish history, texts, and values through in-depth study of select Jewish figures.

        Moadon Yeladim Darom will start on Thursday, October 24th. The program will run from 4-6pm, with drop off/welcome activities and snack starting at 3:30pm.

        Registration Info:
        The tuition fee for this program is broken into 8 monthly installments. Some families choose to pay in monthly installments and some choose to pay all at once.  If you have questions, or if the cost of this program feels prohibitive, please contact us directly at cara@kavana.org. Our aim is to make the registration process as smooth as possible, and to enable every child who wants to participate to take part.  We’re looking forward to a great year of learning, growing and building community together!

          • Saturday, October 26, 2019
          • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
          • Queen Anne Location
          Register

          All are welcome to join Kavana's monthly Shabbat morning minyan. Please RSVP for each service so that we can have a heads up on how many people to expect and set up for.  

          Want to read Torah, lead part of the service or give a d'var torah?  We'd love to have you - just contact us.

          • Monday, October 28, 2019
          • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
          • Kavana H.Q.
          Register

          This is the registration page for the Monday Moadon Yeladim group. To register for the Wednesday Moadon Yeladim group, please click here.

          Program & Schedule: Providing a warm, positive environment in which kids build community and identity while also being exposed to Hebrew and Judaics, Moadon is entering its twelfth year!  At Moadon we aim to provide kids with significant exposure to the Hebrew language, including sharing our love of Hebrew as a vibrant, living language as well as teaching basic Hebrew reading skills. This program is also designed to expose kids to Jewish history, texts, and values through in-depth study of select Jewish figures.

          Classes will fill on a first-come, first-served basis until we've reached capacity. Priority registration is given to returning and partner families.  Registration will open to new families on July 22nd, pending space available -- in the meantime, please join our waiting list by filling out this form.

          Moadon Yeladim will start on Monday, October 28th, 2019. The program will run from 4-6pm, with drop off/welcome activities and snack starting at 3:30pm.

          Registration Info:
          The tuition fee for this program is broken into 8 monthly installments. Some families choose to pay in monthly installments and some choose to pay all at once. In terms of registration options, you will note that there are many payment options, so therefore it looks a little complicated. What you need to indicate is:  Partner vs. Non-Partner, paying Annually vs. Monthly, and paying by Credit Card vs. by Check.  If you have questions, or if the cost of this program feels prohibitive, please contact us directly at cara@kavana.org. Our aim is to make the registration process as smooth as possible, and to enable every child who wants to participate to take part.  We’re looking forward to a great year of learning, growing and building community together!

            • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
            • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
            • Kavana H.Q.
            • 1
            Register
            About the Program:  The weekly two hour session includes time for socializing and community building, while enjoying dinner together, followed by two sessions of learning with a break for a whole group game.  The kids spend time with the whole group and break into small groups based on their grade when in a text or history session. This format ensures plenty of all group community building and also provides the kids with age appropriate learning.  

            Program Structure & Schedule: This program will run on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm, starting on October 29th, 2019 and running through June 9th, 2020. We'll order pizza and provide fruits & veggies for dinner each week.  

            Registration Options: You will note that there are so many payment options...  there are separate pricing structures for Partners vs. Non-Partners, those who pay annually vs. monthly, and those who pay by credit card vs. by check. Please select the option that applies to your situation.  If you have questions, or if the cost of this program feels prohibitive, please contact us directly (cara@kavana.org). Our aim is to make the registration process as smooth as possible, and to enable every child who wants to participate to take part!

            • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
            • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
            • Kavana H.Q.
            Register

            This is the registration page for the Wednesday Moadon Yeladim group. To register for the Monday Moadon Yeladim group, please click here.

            Program & Schedule: Providing a warm, positive environment in which kids build community and identity while also being exposed to Hebrew and Judaics, Moadon is entering its twelfth year!  At Moadon we aim to provide kids with significant exposure to the Hebrew language, including sharing our love of Hebrew as a vibrant, living language as well as teaching basic Hebrew reading skills. This program is also designed to expose kids to Jewish history, texts, and values through in-depth study of select Jewish figures.

            Classes will fill on a first-come, first-served basis until we've reached capacity. Priority registration is given to returning and partner families.  Registration will open to new families on July 22nd, pending space available -- in the meantime, please join our waiting list by filling out this form.

            Moadon Yeladim will start on Wednesday, October 30th. The program will run from 2-4pm, with drop off/welcome activities and snack starting at 1:30pm.

            Registration Info:
            The tuition fee for this program is broken into 8 monthly installments. Some families choose to pay in monthly installments and some choose to pay all at once. In terms of registration options, you will note that there are many payment options, so therefore it looks a little complicated. What you need to indicate is:  Partner vs. Non-Partner, paying Annually vs. Monthly, and paying by Credit Card vs. by Check.  If you have questions, or if the cost of this program feels prohibitive, please contact us directly at cara@kavana.org. Our aim is to make the registration process as smooth as possible, and to enable every child who wants to participate to take part.  We’re looking forward to a great year of learning, growing and building community together!

              • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
              • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
              • Kavana H.Q.
              Register

              Program Overview:  
              Driven by a group of Kavana Middle School Program graduates, Chug Ivrit (Hebrew Group) was born...  This group of rising 9th graders expressed interest in continuing their Hebrew learning and also getting to see one another on a regular basis.  

              Since this is a new, pilot program, if you are interested in registering your child, please be in touch with Director of Education, Cara Abrams, cara@kavana.org

              While the goals will evolve as our group coalesces over the first few weeks, we will focus on the following goals:

              1. Strengthening existing Hebrew reading skills

              2. Developing a beginner’s grasp of Hebrew grammar 

              3. Speaking simple conversational Hebrew

              4. Learning basic Modern Hebrew vocabulary 

              5. Listening to Israeli music, commercials, TV, films, etc.

              Program Structure & Schedule: 
              This program will meet on Wednesday evenings. We will begin with time for eating a pizza dinner and socializing from 5:30-6:00pm, and then shift to our Hebrew learning 6:00-7:00pm.

              Registration Options:
              You will note that there are a number of payment options...  there are separate pricing structures for Partners vs. Non-Partners, those who pay annually vs. monthly, and those who pay by credit card vs. by check. Please select the option that applies to your situation.  If you have questions, or if the cost of this program feels prohibitive, please contact us directly (cara@kavana.org). Our aim is to make the registration process as smooth as possible, and to enable every child who wants to participate to take part!

              • Sunday, November 03, 2019
              • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
              • TBD
              Register

              This monthly program is for families - parents and kids all together. This year, we'll be structuring the program to have three breakout groups (one for parents, younger children and older children) to ensure that the P&P program is appropriate for families with children ranging from preschool through elementary. 

              We strongly encourage you to sign up for the series - we're trying to build a sense of community here, and the more you come, the more you'll get out of it. However, we know this isn't possible for every family, and so this is the option to sign up for the November/Shabbat P&P session. If you want to sign up for the series, please click here.

              • Wednesday, November 06, 2019
              • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
              • Home on Queen Anne
              Register

              Many of us met over the summer to kick off a conversation about whiteness and racial justice, in a Jewish community context and from there we've created the the Racial Justice Book Club.

              We are reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Our second discussion of the book will be focused on chapters three and four.

              For more information or questions, please contact Lisa Porad.




              • Friday, November 15, 2019
              • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
              • New Queen Anne Location - RSVP for details
              Register

              End your busy weeks and celebrate Shabbat at Kavana with an experience designed to relax and renew. Each month, we welcome Shabbat with a liberal, multi-generational service that is musical, joyful and accessible. This service will be led by Rabbi Josh Weisman and musician Traci Marx. All are welcome. 

              We'll gather from 6:30-7pm for a little post-workweek nosh, with the service beginning at 7pm. This year, we're meeting at a new location on Queen Anne, so be sure to RSVP for location details.

              • Saturday, November 16, 2019
              • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PST)
              • Queen Anne Location
              Register

              All are welcome to join Kavana's monthly Shabbat morning minyan. Please RSVP for each service so that we can have a heads up on how many people to expect and set up for.  

              Want to read Torah, lead part of the service or give a d'var torah?  We'd love to have you - just contact us.

              • Saturday, November 16, 2019
              • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
              • South Lake Union
              Register

              YOU'RE INVITED...

              ...to share in the joy of our B'nai Mitzvah celebration, as the Kavana community turns 13 and reaches the age of responsibility in our tradition!

              The richness of tradition
              The excitement of youth
              The promise of tomorrow
              The precious moments of life.

              Please join us for a festive evening of dinner & drinks, Havdalah, toasts, and lots of dancing. 

              Saturday evening, November 16th
              6:00 - 10:00pm
              South Lake Union location (RSVP for info about venue)

              Ticket price: $125/person (This represents the true cost of this event.)

              Gifts: Donations are welcome - before or at the event - to Kavana's B'nai Mitzvah campaign, in honor of Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum. 

              [Note to parents: Older children and teens are welcome, although we're primarily planning this as an adult event. We will not have on-site babysitting for this event.  If you have little ones, please plan accordingly, as we'd love for you to be able to join us!]

              • Wednesday, December 04, 2019
              • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
              • Home on Queen Anne
              Register

              Many of us met over the summer to kick off a conversation about whiteness and racial justice, in a Jewish community context and from there we've created the the Racial Justice Book Club.

              We are reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Our third discussion of the book will be focused on chapters five and six.

              For more information or questions, please contact Lisa Porad.




              • Friday, December 13, 2019
              • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
              • New Queen Anne Location - RSVP for details
              Register

              End your busy weeks and celebrate Shabbat at Kavana with an experience designed to relax and renew. Each month, we welcome Shabbat with a liberal, multi-generational service that is musical, joyful and accessible. This service will be led by Rabbi Josh Weisman and musician Traci Marx. All are welcome. 

              We'll gather from 6:30-7pm for a little post-workweek nosh, with the service beginning at 7pm. We're meeting at a new location on Queen Anne this year, so please be sure to RSVP for location details!

              • Saturday, December 14, 2019
              • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PST)
              • Queen Anne Location
              Register

              All are welcome to join Kavana's monthly Shabbat morning minyan. Please RSVP for each service so that we can have a heads up on how many people to expect and set up for.  

              Want to read Torah, lead part of the service or give a d'var torah?  We'd love to have you - just contact us.

              • Sunday, December 15, 2019
              • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
              • TBD
              Register

              This monthly program is for families - parents and kids all together. This year, we'll be structuring the program to have three breakout groups (one for parents, younger children and older children) to ensure that the P&P program is appropriate for families with children ranging from preschool through elementary. 

              We strongly encourage you to sign up for the series - we're trying to build a sense of community here, and the more you come, the more you'll get out of it. However, we know this isn't possible for every family, and so this is the option to sign up for the December/Chanukah P&P session. If you want to sign up for the series, please click here.

              • Friday, January 10, 2020
              • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
              • New Queen Anne Location - RSVP for details
              Register

              End your busy weeks and celebrate Shabbat at Kavana with an experience designed to relax and renew. Each month, we welcome Shabbat with a liberal, multi-generational service that is musical, joyful and accessible. This service will be led by Rabbi Josh Weisman and musician Traci Marx. All are welcome. 

              We'll gather from 6:30-7pm for a little post-workweek nosh, with the service beginning at 7pm at a new Queen Anne location.

              • Saturday, January 11, 2020
              • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PST)
              • Queen Anne Location
              Register

              All are welcome to join Kavana's monthly Shabbat morning minyan. Please RSVP for each service so that we can have a heads up on how many people to expect and set up for.  

              Want to read Torah, lead part of the service or give a d'var torah?  We'd love to have you - just contact us.

              • Sunday, January 12, 2020
              • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
              • TBD
              Register

              This monthly program is for families - parents and kids all together. This year, we'll be structuring the program to have three breakout groups (one for parents, younger children and older children) to ensure that the P&P program is appropriate for families with children ranging from preschool through elementary. 

              We strongly encourage you to sign up for the series - we're trying to build a sense of community here, and the more you come, the more you'll get out of it. However, we know this isn't possible for every family, and so this is the option to sign up for the January/Havdalah P&P session. If you want to sign up for the series, please click here.

              • Sunday, February 02, 2020
              • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
              • TBD
              Register

              This monthly program is for families - parents and kids all together. This year, we'll be structuring the program to have three breakout groups (one for parents, younger children and older children) to ensure that the P&P program is appropriate for families with children ranging from preschool through elementary. 

              We strongly encourage you to sign up for the series - we're trying to build a sense of community here, and the more you come, the more you'll get out of it. However, we know this isn't possible for every family, and so this is the option to sign up for the February/Tu B'Shevat P&P session. If you want to sign up for the series, please click here.

              • Friday, February 07, 2020
              • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
              • New Queen Anne Location - RSVP for details
              Register

              End your busy weeks and celebrate Shabbat at Kavana with an experience designed to relax and renew. Each month, we welcome Shabbat with a liberal, multi-generational service that is musical, joyful and accessible. This service will be led by Rabbi Josh Weisman and musician Traci Marx. All are welcome. 

              We'll gather from 6:30-7pm for a little post-workweek nosh, with the service beginning at 7pm at a new Queen Anne location.

              • Saturday, February 08, 2020
              • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PST)
              • Queen Anne Location
              Register

              All are welcome to join Kavana's monthly Shabbat morning minyan. Please RSVP for each service so that we can have a heads up on how many people to expect and set up for.  

              Want to read Torah, lead part of the service or give a d'var torah?  We'd love to have you - just contact us.

              • Sunday, March 08, 2020
              • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
              • TBD
              Register

              This monthly program is for families - parents and kids all together. This year, we'll be structuring the program to have three breakout groups (one for parents, younger children and older children) to ensure that the P&P program is appropriate for families with children ranging from preschool through elementary. 

              We strongly encourage you to sign up for the series - we're trying to build a sense of community here, and the more you come, the more you'll get out of it. However, we know this isn't possible for every family, and so this is the option to sign up for the March/Purim P&P session. If you want to sign up for the series, please click here.

              • Friday, March 13, 2020
              • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
              • Queen Anne Location - RSVP for details
              Register

              End your busy weeks and celebrate Shabbat at Kavana with an experience designed to relax and renew. Each month, we welcome Shabbat with a liberal, multi-generational service that is musical, joyful and accessible. This service will be led by Rabbi Josh Weisman and musician Traci Marx. All are welcome. 

              We'll gather from 6:30-7pm for a little post-workweek nosh, with the service beginning at 7pm at a new Queen Anne location.

              • Saturday, March 21, 2020
              • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
              • Queen Anne Location
              Register

              All are welcome to join Kavana's monthly Shabbat morning minyan. Please RSVP for each service so that we can have a heads up on how many people to expect and set up for.  

              Want to read Torah, lead part of the service or give a d'var torah?  We'd love to have you - just contact us.

              • Friday, April 03, 2020
              • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
              • Queen Anne Location - RSVP for details
              Register