February 7-9, 2020

Happy Valley Conference Center, Santa Cruz

With artists-in-residence Chava Mirel & Rabbi Leora Kaye

A fun-filled multigenerational weekend with Artists-in-Residence, Chava Mirel and Rabbi Leora Kaye. All are welcome, with or without kids!

  • Play, pray and celebrate Shabbat and Havdalah
  • Enjoy inspiring worship and music with Artist-in-Residence, Chava Mirel
  • Learn the art of storytelling with Artist-in-Residence, Rabbi Leora Kaye
  • Engage in your choice of workshops, relax with a book, or chill with friends
  • Teens can serve as Counselors in Training (CITs) or participate in learning sessions with adults
  • Kids enjoy special programming and a wide range of camp activities including music, crafts and sports
  • See old friends and make new ones!
(with one other family)
(private room, shared bathroom)
(1 family per room, private bathroom)
Baby (0-2) $0 $0 $0
Child (3-11) $75 $125 $150
Adult (11+) $150 $200 $250
Shared Housing Semi-Shared Housing Private Housing

Rabbi Leora Kaye:
Leora’s experience spans the Jewish world including education, programming, and filmmaking. As a rabbi she seeks ways to expand people’s understanding of Judaism, encouraging them to approach their spiritual lives on their own terms in sophisticated ways. She first combined her interests in media, storytelling, and ethics by working on the Sundance award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl. She went on to work as the rabbinic consultant for Shalom Sesame, has been an adviser on many other media projects and wrote the study guides for the animated series Jewish Food For Thought.

As Director of Community Engagement at Congregation Rodeph Sholom from 2004 to 2015, Leora spearheaded innovative initiatives including the synagogue’s groundbreaking conversion program and creation and implementation of a new engagement strategy. She also served as the Youth Director of Temple Israel in Boston and as Associate Director of Programming for Synagogue 2000.

As Director of Program at the URJ, Leora is responsible for creative advancement of the core priorities of the Reform Movement: Tikkun Olam, Strengthening Congregations, Audacious Hospitality, Youth, and Israel. Leora graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and received rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2002. She and her husband Doug Gordon, a writer and television producer, live in Brooklyn with their children, Galit and Zeb.

Chava Mirel:
Seattle-based Chava Mirel is a nationally touring singer, guitarist, composer, prayer leader and recording artist. Performing in a multitude of genres, She bridges communities with her universal approach to spirituality through song. A highly sought-after vocal recording artist, Chava is known for her rich, luxurious vocals, lush harmonies and rhythmic phrasing. From electrifying concerts to engaging educational sessions to transcendent prayer experiences, she connects with communities with an inclusive message of love and compassion.

Chava exhibits ease and fluency in an astonishing array of musical styles. She has toured and recorded with a spectrum of artists including Reggie Watts and punk icon Ari Up. Chava is also a celebrated jazz and world music artist. She is a featured vocalist for global jazz fusion band Duende Libre, who’s last album “Drift” was the recipient of the Golden Ear award for Best Recording in the Northwest. Chava also plays keyboards with the legendary Reggae artist Clinton Fearon (the Gladiators).

An award-winning Jewish music composer, Chava provides outstanding artist-in-residence services at congregations from coast to coast. She has sung with luminaries Dan Nichols and Julie Silver on the Plenary Stage at recent URJ Biennial conventions, and her compositions have been included in compilations and songbooks throughout the Jewish world. She is a recent alumnus of Hadar Institute’s Rising Song Fellowship, and her voice has been featured in multiple recordings that have gained popularity across denominations.

Chava recently released her 3rd full length album, “Into The Light”, a dreamy, heart-wrenching and deeply personal reinterpretation of the Great American Songbook. Her first single, a cover of Alice-In-Chains’ “Would?” has received critical acclaim and international radio play.

In between touring synagogues across the country and singing in jazz clubs, Chava enjoys nature in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and son.

With gratitude for the generous support of the Zeichick Family Fund for Sukkat Shalom and the Shabbaton Fund.