Kallah 2018

About ALEPH Kallah 2018

A Unique Transformative Jewish Experience
Immerse yourself in a celebration of vibrant learning, spiritual wisdom, and joyful prayer. Meditate, chant and create. Feed your heart, mind, body and soul with art, dance, music, and social justice. Kallah brings together some of the Jewish world’s most inspiring teachers and leaders.

Kindred spirits come from far and wide to Kallah, a week-long gathering that is Jewish Renewal. Hundreds of seekers, educators, clergy, students and lay leaders will descend on the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, home of UMass Amherst, to soak in this joyous, diverse, and family-friendly experience.

There’s no place like ALEPH Kallah 2018
Kallah 2018 will combine spirituality, education, and music, in a celebration for all ages, building on the work of Reb Zalman z”l, spiritual founder of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. The UMass Amherst campus is easily accessible by all means of travel and offers modern accommodations and delicious sustainable food.

Kallah Registration


REGISTER TODAY for Kallah 2018!
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Kallah 2018 "How to Register"

1. Choose your Registrant Type
  • Adult: Three choices for housing - single suite-style dorm housing, double suite-style dorm housing, and discounted pricing from the UMass Hotel.
  • Kesher (adults under 36 years of age): This is a subsidized registration package that includes give back volunteering at the Kallah. If you are under 36 and do not wish to participate in the program or volunteer, please register using Adult.
  • Teen Kallah (13 to 18) and Kids Kallah (under 13): Please choose Registrant Type "Teen" for Teen Kallah, and "Child" for Kids Kallah. We are pleased to be offering two youth programs at Kallah 2018.
  • Kallah Faculty and Staff, please contact kallahprograms@aleph.org regarding registration information.
  • Mitzvah Core/Work Study participants: More information coming soon.
  • Shabbat Only: Includes two nights and 5 meals (Friday Shabbat dinner, Saturday all meals, and Sunday breakfast). Shabbat Only participants may choose one Friday afternoon workshop. Please use the Shabbat Only Registration Form to register for the Kallah 2018 Shabbaton -- make sure you click on the "Shabbat Only Registration" button under the "Book Your Spot" tab.
2. Multiple Registrations and Groups
  • Parties of 2-or-more may be included in the same registration. To add another adult, teen or child to your registration, simply click “Add Another Person” upon completing your own information.
  • Groups of 8 or more: Step 1: Find a group leader to organize 8 or more people for Kallah 2018. Each Adult Standard registration will receive a $50 per person discount. Step 2: Once the group leader has 8 or more participants, please contact Steve Weinberg (stevew at aleph.org) with the participants' names in your group and we will email you back a Discount Code for your group to use to register.

3. Start Your Kallah Registration
To begin, please enter your email address. For additional persons, you may use the same email for each subsequent registration or you may use unique emails for each individual. A confirmation email will be sent to each unique email.

4. Choose Your Lodging – for housing/commuter options and prices, please click "Pricing & Lodging".

Early Arrival on Sunday, July 1: Please let us know in your registration that you are coming on Sunday afternoon and will join us for dinner. There is an extra fee of $125 per adult, Kesher, & teen, $50 per child under 13. We cannot accommodate early Sunday July 1 arrival without an advance reservation that includes this choice.
*The Early Arrival fee for adult hotel lodging is $175 for Hotel Double Room and $235 for Hotel Single Room.

5. Make your class/workshop choices for the week (Tuesday – Friday)
Class and workshop options will be available in February. If you pre-register before classes have been announced, you will be given the opportunity to make your class choices before the general public.

You may choose one of the following class options (when class/workshop choices become available):
  • A 4-day morning class and a 4-day afternoon class, or
  • One 4-day class (Morning or Afternoon) and a series of workshops, or
  • Workshops only, 8 workshops - NO classes.
6. After choosing your classes, you can either "Add Another Person" to your registration or proceed to check out.

7. Check out
  • Please review your registration for accuracy. You may make edits or changes before making payment.
  • NOTE on T'rumah Financial Aid Fund Fee: In the spirit of T’rumah ("gift" or “offering”), everyone who participates in an ALEPH program contributes to the T’rumah Financial Assistance Fund via a 3% registration fee. T'rumah enables ALEPH to make programs financially accessible to as many participants as possible. T'rumah is only applied to the basic registration price.
  • Payment may be made by credit card, PayPal, or check.
  • Partial Payments - you may pay the full balance when you register, or pay a minimum 50% deposit. All balances are due by May 10, 2018. A late fee of $54 may be applied to payments received after May 10.

ALEPH Kallah Cancellation Policy:
  • Cancellations must be received in writing to kallah@aleph.org.
  • Cancellations received until May 10, 2018 may receive a full refund (less $60 registration fee per person)
  • Cancellations from May 11 to 31 may receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations will not be accepted on or after June 1, 2018. There will be no refunds or exchanges.

All balances are due by May 10, 2018. A late fee of $54 may be applied to payments received after May 10.

Kallah 2018 Registration

Kallah 2018 Pricing & Lodging

Kallah 2018 All-Inclusive Prices Per Person (include classes and/or workshops, housing, meals)

ALEPH Kallah 2018 has 3 choices for adult housing:
  1. Suite-Style Single UMass Dorm
  2. Suite-Style double UMass Dorm
  3. UMass Hotel with discounted Kallah pricing

All dorm housing is suite style.

Single Suites have 4 single bedrooms in a suite sharing a bathroom and living room. Double Suites have 2 bedrooms (2 beds in each room) sharing a bathroom and living room. The Hotel at UMass has arranged a special discounted rate for ALEPH Kallah. High quality hotel rooms with either a single king or queen bed.

Single Room (Suite-Style Dorm)

Early Bird $1,435 / Regular Price $1,510 
Single Suites have 4 single bedrooms in a suite sharing a bathroom and living room. If you have suitemate request, please add on the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate all requests.

Double Room (Suite-Style Dorm)

Early Bird $1,260/ Regular Price $ 1,355 
Double Suites have 2 bedrooms (2 beds in each room) sharing a bathroom and living room. If you have a roommate and/or suitemate request, please add on the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate  all requests. Families with children under 12 will be housed in double suites together.

NOTE on Beds: All Double Rooms have 2 single twin beds.

Dorms Include

  • Bed(s)
  • Mattress (39" wide x 80" length)
  • Sheets, pillow and blanket
  • Communal Living Room 
  • Study Desk & Chair (x2 for double)
  • Wardrobe Closet 2-Drawer Dresser
  • Curtains 

UMass Hotel

The UMass Hotel has arranged a special discounted rate for ALEPH Kallah. High quality hotel rooms with either one king or queen bed or two double beds.

Single Room (Hotel) Early Bird $2,315 / Regular Price $2,445

Double Room (Hotel) $1,760 early bird/ $1,860 regular registration
If you have a roommate request, please add that on the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate all requests.

Adult Commuter

Commuters receive all the benefits of Kallah registration (excluding housing) including meals and on campus parking. 

Commuter Early Bird $1,100 / Regular Price $1,155

Kesher Commuter Early Bird $780.00 / Regular Price $820.00

Special Pricing Opportunities

Kesher Program (adults under 36 years of age)
Kallah 2018 All-Inclusive Prices Per Person (include classes and/or workshops, housing, meals)

This is a subsidized registration package that includes giving back by volunteering at the Kallah. If you are under 36 and do not wish to participate in the program or volunteer, please register using Adult Standard. 

There are two options:

Kesher Suite-Style Double Dorm Room Early Bird $950 / Regular Price $985
Double Suites have 2 bedrooms (2 beds in each room) sharing a bathroom and living room. If you have roommates and/or suitemate request, please add on the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate all requests.

Kesher Commuter Early Bird $780 / Regular Price $820.00
Commuters receive all the benefits of Kallah registration (excluding housing) including meals and on campus parking.

Youth Program Housing

Kallah 2018 All-Inclusive Prices Per Person (include all programs, housing, meals)

Teen Program (13 – 18 years old) $825
Includes housing in a suite style double when on campus.

School Aged Children Program (5-12 years old) With Bed $560
Price for a double room suite where child is sharing with a parent or other child.

School Aged Children Program (5-12 years old) No Bed Needed $420
Assumes that the child will sleep in the same room with parents with a sleeping bag (not provided by Kallah).

Preschool Program (3-5 years old) With Bed $345
Price for a double room suite where child is sharing with a parent or other child.

Preschool Program (3-5) No Bed Needed $235 Assumes that the child will sleep in the same room with parents with a sleeping bag (not provided by Kallah).

Toddler Program (0-3 years old) No Bed Needed $160 Assumes that the child will sleep in the same room with a parent in a setup you provide.

Commuter School Aged Children Program (5-12 years old) $420 Local families, join us for our wonderful Kids Kallah Program.

Commuter Preschool Program (3-5) $235 Local families, join us for our wonderful Kids Kallah Program.

Shabbat Only Information

Join us for Shabbat only experience. Includes two nights and five meals (Friday Shabbat dinner, Saturday all meals, and Sunday breakfast). Shabbat Only participants may choose one Friday afternoon workshop. Local families, join us for our wonderful Kids Shabbat Only Program!

Single Room (Suite-Style Dorm) $495
Single Suites have 4 single bedrooms in a suite sharing a bathroom and living room. If you have suitemate request, please add on the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate all requests.

Double Room (Suite-Style Dorm) $440
Double Suites have 2 bedrooms (2 beds in each room) sharing a bathroom and living room. If you have roommates and/or suitemate request, please add on the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate all requests.

Single Room (Hotel) $685
High quality hotel rooms with either a single king or queen bed or two double beds.

Double Room (Hotel) $525
High quality hotel rooms with either a single king or queen bed or two double beds. If you have roommate request, please add on the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate all requests.

Kesher Shabbat Only Double Dorm $300.00

Kesher Shabbat Commuter $275.00

Teen Program Shabbat Commuter 13 – 18 years old $175
(with permission from Kallah Director kallah@aleph.org)

Teen Program Shabbat 13 – 18 years old (Double Room Suite-Style Dorm) $300.00
(with permission from Kallah Director kallah@aleph.org)

Shabbat Only all children 3 – 12 years old Double Room Suite-Style Dorm $125.00
Families with children under 12 will be housed in double suites together.

Shabbat Only Commuter all children 3- 12 years old $100.00

Shabbat Only Toddler 0-3 Free / No charge 

Special Early Check-in on Sunday, July 1

Please let us know in your registration that you are coming on Sunday afternoon and will join us for dinner. There is an extra fee of $125 per adult*, Kesher, & teen, $50 per child under 13. We cannot accommodate early Sunday July 1 arrival without an advance reservation that includes this choice.

*The Early Arrival fee for adult hotel lodging is $175 for hotel double room and $235 for hotel single room.

ALEPH Kallah 2018 will take place on July 2-8, 2018 on the beautiful campus of - UMASS Amherst, Massachusetts

We look forward to welcoming you!

University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 - Click for directions.

Kallah 2018 Registration
Shabbat Only Registration

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  Transportation and Off-site Hotels

Q: What airport should I fly into?

Either Hartford/Bradley International Airport (BDL) or Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Q: Arriving by bus or train?

Train passengers arrive on Amtrak from New York, Boston or other cities on Northeast corridor into Springfield Union Station.

Bus passengers may travel economically to UMass Amherst on Peter Pan Lines or Greyhound.

Q: How will I get from the airport in Boston or Hartford, or from the train station in Springfield to UMass Amherst?

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We are working on discounted group rate transportation. Please check back here for more information.

Airport and Train Station Shuttles
Seemo Shuttle - Shared shuttle, charter, and private service to/from Bradley airport and Amtrak at Springfield Union Station. Reserve online or call (800) 908-2829.

Valley Transporter - Shuttle service to/from Bradley, Logan, New York, and Providence airports Amtrak at Springfield Union Station. Hourly service to Bradley. Reserve online or call (800) 872-8752 or (413) 253-1350.

Q: Are there any hotel deals if I don’t want to stay in the dorms?

There is a very nice hotel at the center of campus and Kallah activities. We have made arrangements for a special rate with them, please register through the ALEPH website to receive this pricing. Click button to register.

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  Dorms at the University of Massachusetts

All rooms have controlled air conditioning. Each room will have either one or two twin beds that are made before your arrival. 

Each bed will have linens that fit the extra long beds, pillows, and blankets. Towels, wastebaskets, recycle bins will be provided.

Q: What’s not included?

Hangers, bedside/reading lamps, and clocks are NOT included. Soap and other toiletries are NOT included.

Q: Are the rooms air-conditioned?

Yes, all rooms are air conditioned, they are on a campus control system.

Q: Are there kitchen facilities in the dorms we can use?

Some of the dorms have small kitchenettes in the suite. There are some communal kitchen spaces in the dorms.

  University of Massachusetts Information

Q: How long is the walk from the dorms to the classes?

It’s about 10-15 min walk at a leisurely pace.

Q: I have mobility issues, how will I get around campus?

We will have golf carts and vans to assist guests during transition times between programs and meals.

Q: Do you have a map of campus?

Click button for an interactive map of the UMass campus.

umass interactive map

  Check In and Check Out Times

Q: What day do I check in?

Kallah 2018 starts Monday, July 2.

Registration check-in time on July 2 starts at 1 pm - dinner is included.

The Kallah formally begins at 3:30 pm

Check-out time on July 8 is 9 am.

Breakfast on July 8 is 7 am to 8 am.

Q: May I come in on Sunday, July 1st?

Yes, please let us know in your registration that you are coming on Sunday afternoon and will join us for dinner. There is an extra fee. We cannot accommodate early Sunday July 1 registration without an advance reservation that includes this choice.

Check-in time on July 1 is 4 pm - dinner is included.

Kallah 2018 starts Monday, July 2.

Check-in time on July 2 starts at 1 pm - dinner is included.

Registration check-in begins after 1 pm on Monday.

The Kallah formally begins at 3:30 pm

Check-out time on July 8 is 9 am.

Breakfast on July 8 is 7 am to 8 am.

  Parking

Is there parking?

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On-campus parking is available for everyone. There is no charge for parking on campus, but a parking permit is required. To receive a parking permit, you must provide your name and auto license number when you check in upon arrival at Kallah (we suggest you take a photo of your license plate and bring it with you).

  Rec Center and Pool

Q: Can we use the pool and gym?

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Day passes will be available for $3 per person, per day.

  ATM

Q: Is there an ATM?

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Should you need them, there are ATM machines located outside of Franklin Dining Commons and on the 1st level of the Campus Center.

  University of Massachusetts Library

Q: Can I use the library?

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We can use the UMass library for email, internet, and borrowing books.

  Laundry

Q: What if I need to do laundry?

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There are pay per use laundry facilities in each of the dorms. Detergent is not sold in the laundry rooms, and it is recommended that you bring your own.

The laundry services in the residence halls are coin operated.

  Post Office

Q: Where is the closest Post Office? Clone

The closest Post office is at 145 University Drive in Amherst. There is also an Amazon Store right in the Campus Center.

  Internet

Q: Will we have access to internet?

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Yes, a code will be available once you are on campus.

Teen Kallah and Kids Kallah


Kids Kallah Children and Teens Discovering Eco-Judaism through Western Massachusetts Nature


Welcome to our Kallah adventure for your children and teens. While you experience the joys and learning throughout the week, your children and teens will be doing the same!

In this Eco-Judaism adventure, children of all ages will experience art, theater, music, outdoor adventure, ceramics and more. Morning, afternoon and evening programs will engage Kallah kids in building community and creating their own amazing memories. In addition, we are offering family Shabbat experiences, engaging family programs, Amherst, MA area outings and opportunities for children to explore the beautiful UMass campus with our staff. This multi-age program will explore and will engage children throughout the week.

What ages is Kids Kallah designed to engage?
Our Kids Kallah program of activities, outings and experiences are designed to engage and excite 3-12 year olds in individual and collective discovery throughout the week.

Is there a Kids Kallah specifically created for infants and toddlers?
Kids Kallah for toddlers will allow parents to participate in Kallah classes with no worries. Led by experienced early childhood educators, young children will enjoy age-appropriate arts and crafts, songs, games, and walks on the beautiful UMass campus plus a beautiful child-centered family Shabbat morning service.

What about evening programs for my child?
Kallah Kids offer two amazing evening programs for families.

Haverim (Friends) Connect Time! This is a space created for kids to engage in art, Jewish games, community building (and maybe a video) while their parents are at all evening programs and the Shabbat morning program. Parents must provide a cell phone number to receive a text from the Kids Kallah counselors if they are needed. This space is designed for preschoolers through 12 years old.

Kallah In-room One-on-One Program: If you’d like your child to be safely sleeping in his or her own bed while you enjoy Kallah activities, this service is for you. This is an additional special service we are providing with qualified counselors. Request the days you would like an evening counselors from our list of offerings. Once you have registered for Kids Kallah, we will be sending you separate information on this program.

This is a space created for kids to engage in art, Jewish games, community building (and maybe a video in the evening) while their parents are at all evening programs and the Shabbat morning program. Parents must provide a cell phone number to receive a text from the Kids Kallah counselors if they are needed. This space is designed for preschoolers through 12 years old.

Families loved our In-room One-on-One Program at Kallah 2016! In-room One-on-One Program:
If you’d like your child to be safely sleeping in his or her own bed while you enjoy Kallah activities, this service is for you. This is an additional special service we are providing with qualified counselors. Request the days you would like an evening counselors from our list of offerings. Once you have registered for Kids Kallah, we will be sending you separate information on this program.

Enroll your child in the adventure of a lifetime: Kids Kallah 2018. Pack your bags and embark on a meaningful learning adventure to Massachusetts this summer to experience a new kind of journey with Judaism.

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Kallah for Teens with Wilderness Torah!


Kallah’s unique and transformative teen program is back again! Led by Wilderness Torah mentors and guided by their core philosophies of earth-based Judaism and nature connection, teens will be guided into the wilderness on an exciting, connective, four-day backpacking adventure.

For four days, teens will explore the beautiful outdoors of Western Massachusetts through backpacking (6+ miles to a basecamp), nature-connection, and wilderness adventure, while gaining insight into their own life’s journey through group building, Jewish teachings, and some solo time in the wilds.

Guided by the theme Finding the Hidden Light (Ohr Ein Sof), teens will nurture their connection with the natural world, themselves, their group, and Jewish tradition. Activities will include wild plant ethnobotany, wilderness travel skills, and Jewish experiences that attune us to nature's cycles. Ample space will be created for guided quietude and reflection as well as group sharing. The team will be welcomed back by the Kallah community before Shabbat and invited to share stories of their journey.


We are excited to see your family in Massachusetts this summer!

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KALLAH DIRECTORY

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215-247-9700 x 34
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Kallah Director, Tamy Jacobs:
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