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, and seekers of all ages, in a joyful week-long communal gathering in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, home of UMass Amherst. Kallah engages, transforms and deeply connects.

Class Registration is now open!

There are many ways to plan your Kallah class experience this year!

You can take one 4-day class or a different workshop each day for 4-days, in both the am and pm. Mix and match – you can have classes in both am and pm, workshops in the am and pm, or a class and a different workshop each day. Your schedule is up to YOU!

Download the daily course schedule Download the KALLAH program guide

Kallah Registration

REgister for the Full Week REgister Shabbat Only Bonim Work/study (Instructions/sign up)

Kallah 2018 "How to Register" - and see next tab for pricing.

All prices are all-inclusive per person, and include classes and/or workshops, housing, and meals.

1. Choose your Registrant Type
  • Adult: Three choices for housing - single suite-style dorm housing, double suite-style dorm housing NOW SOLD OUT, and discounted pricing from the UMass Hotel CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY.
  • 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 and meals)

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

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)

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.

Floor plans coming soon.

Double Room (Suite-Style Dorm) SOLD OUT

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.

Floor plans coming soon.

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 CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY

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): $2,445

Double Room (Hotel): $1,860
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: $1,155

Kesher Commuter: $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 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 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 - Call to be waitlisted
High quality hotel rooms with either a single king or queen bed or two double beds.

Double Room (Hotel) $525 - Call to be waitlisted
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

Adult Shabbat-Only Commuter $405

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  Transportation and Off-site Hotels

Q: What airport should I fly into?

Hartford/Bradley International Airport (BDL) is the best choice for fastest and least costly transportation from airport to UMass Amherst.  

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) offers more flights, but shuttle service is longer and significantly more expensive.  

If you are renting a car, Hartford/Bradley is about 1 hour from UMass Amherst.  Boston Logan about 2 1/2 hours.

If you are on in the Northeast Corridor, consider Amtrak trains to Springfield, MA, or bus service direct to Amherst.

See next FAQ.
  

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.

See next FAQ for shuttle info.

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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Discounted shuttle service will be available to and from Hartford (Bradley Airport), and Springfield (Amtrak and Bus Station).  Discounted fare is $47.50 per person one way, and $25 more for second traveler if arriving on same flight and using same payment method.  Rates not inclusive of driver gratuity.  

From Boston Logan, full-fare shuttles are available, and these are expensive due to distance.  

Book directly with Valley Transporter:  To receive discount for travel To/From Hartford (Bradley) and Springfield (Amtrak/Bus Stn) mention our Group: ALEPH, and use Group Code 1986 ALEPH

Reservation Office hours Monday - Friday 8 am until 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am until 4 pm, Eastern Time Zone, (413)253 -1350 #2 or (800) 872-8752 #2.
 
To assure availability, book at least 2 weeks prior for both your incoming and departing trips.  
If you must cancel, do so at least 48 hours in advance to assure credit.

For passengers booking without a discount, call or book online at www.valleytransporter.com.

If you are traveling on Valley with a small child, please bring your own car seat.


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

The UMass hotel is very nice and right at the center of campus and Kallah activities. Select the hotel option during Kallah registration to take advantage of our special negotiated rate.  

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  Dorms at the University of Massachusetts

Dorms are modern with 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.

Dorm Singles will likely be in North Dorm, and Dorm Doubles in Commonwealth Dorm.
Both are about the same distance to classes (7 minute walk), and to dining hall (11 minute walk), or less travel time if taking one of our many chauffeured golf carts.

See Campus Map in the next Section, under University of Massachusetts Information.

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.  If you definitely require a kitchen, you should register for Dorm Single Suites, as all these suites offer kitchens.  Utensils are not provided.

  University of Massachusetts Information

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

We clocked it at 11 minutes.  It’s about 10-15 min walk at a leisurely pace.  

Or, take advantage of our fleet of golf carts to shuttle you.  See next FAQ.

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

A fleet of golf carts will assist guests during transition times between programs and meals.  If you need a one-person personal mobility vehicle, we will help you find a vendor who can rent directly to you.

Q: Do you have a map of the UMass campus?


Click button to view a PDF map of the UMass campus.

umass map PDF

  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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If you are staying on campus at the UMass Hotel, the North Residential Area, or the Commonwealth Residential area, complimentary parking is included with your room. You are free to come and go as needed, but only one pass per room will be provided. 

If you are commuting to campus, note that discounted daily parking is available at a rate of $6.50 per day or $45.50 for the week. Please visit Guest Services on the Main Level of the Campus Center Building to acquire your discounted parking pass. 

Parking is free on the following: 
  • Weekends 
  • Surface lots 
  • After 5 pm 
Handicapped parking spaces are available campus for those who need them. They are free throughout campus with one exception--the garage (attached to the UMass Hotel).

  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.  No towels provided.  Bring your own!

  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 (where Classes and Workshops convene).

  University of Massachusetts Library

Q: Can I use the library?

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We can use the UMass library for email, internet, and browsing - but not taking out - 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 guest 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.

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.

Counselor Position Available: Download information
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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!

Faculty and Program Guide

Teacher Selection Process for ALEPH KALLAH 2018
4 Day Intensive Teachers


The Kallah team is preparing for Kallah 2018: Gathering of the Sparks, to be held 2-8 July 2018, at UMass, Amherst. We hold a vision for a Kallah which brings together the sage teachings of revered teachers with newer voices bringing fresh insights.

We will engage teachers to lead us through text, stimulate our minds with new ideas, engage us in edgy conversation, stoke our curiosity about what’s possible, and help us connect our Judaism to our day-to-day lives.  


Our evening entertainment will help us lift our spirits through performance.


We will be gifted with heartfelt davvenen leadership, creating space for us to bless, praise, heal, express gratitude and connect throughout the week.  Our davvenen leaders will lead everything from traditional-egalitarian services to a learner’s minyan and including chanting sessions, meditation, dance, movement, yoga, healing, a mix of these, or more! 

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