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2019 Congregational Retreat

March 8 | 5:00 pm - March 10 | 12:00 pm

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Held at NatureBridge in Sausalito

A fun-filled multigenerational weekend with Artists-in-Residence, Alan Goodis and Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik.

All are welcome, with or without kids!

Play, pray and celebrate Shabbat and Havdalah

  • Enjoy stimulating learning sessions with our Artist-in-Residence, Alan Goodis
  • Learn the Jewish history of mosaics and help create a PTS mosaic with our Artists-in-Residence, Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik
  • 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, craft and sports
  • See old friends and make new ones!

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline is Wednesday, December 5th
Financial aid is available. Please contact Karen Wisialowski.

Registration has closed. Please contact Rabbi Molly Plotnik for more information, rabbiplotnik@sholom.org.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellations must be sent in writing to Rabbi Molly Plotnik.
You will receive a full refund if we receive your written notice of cancellation before February 8, 2019.
Cancellations received after February 8, 2019 will be refunded if we are able to fill the spot(s).

With gratitude for the generous support of the Zeichick Family Fund for Sukkat Shalom and Lokay Educational and Programming Fund.


Artist-in-Residence Alan Goodis
Alan Goodis is a touring Jewish musician playing over 150 events a year. Born and raised in Toronto, Alan is a proud product of URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute. Noted for his dedication to building relationships and community through music, Alan tours throughout the US to serve as an Artist-In-Residence and performer at Temples, Youth Conventions and Jewish summer camps.

In 2009, Alan’s self-titled debut album launched him onto the Jewish music scene with its powerful vocals and bold melodies. Alan is a strong presence in the Reform Jewish movement to engage and empower Jewish youth and adults through music. He’s served as Musical Director for NFTY International Convention and on faculty Hava Nashira. In 2011, he developed Nashir: an NFTY Teen Songleading Institute in partnership with the URJ to provide meaningful Songleader training to high school students. Alan has been a featured performer and presenter at URJ Biennials and the Wexner Foundation. In March 2014, Alan released his long awaited full-length studio album “This Place.” He lives in Chicago with his wife Codi.



Artists-in-Residence Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik
Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik is an artist living in Southern California. He cuts up paper and reassembles it into work made of clean lines and patterns, sinuous shapes and sharp edges, large fields of color and small intimate spaces.

He first showed his work in a “Yom Yerushalayim” arts fair in Jerusalem, and has since shown work in galleries across the United States; his work is in the hands of private collectors around the world. Brynjegard-Bialik’s most recent large commissions include “Tree of Life” for the new chapel space at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and “To Boldly Go,” presented to William Shatner on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.

Trained in graphic design, Brynjegard-Bialik started cutting paper while living in Jerusalem. He regularly speaks about the intersection of art and Judaism, has written on the topic for the CCAR Journal, and maintains an annual summer residency at URJ Camp Newman, where he leads workshops teaching campers about papercutting. In 2013 he was the artist-in-residence for the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial. In 2015 his work was included in the second annual Jerusalem Biennale, and received a juror’s award in the “Heroes & Villains” show at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution). In 2016 he served as a Teaching Fellow at American Jewish University’s Dream Lab (a thinktank of artists and educators developing a programmatic vision for infusing the field of Jewish education with creativity through the arts).

Isaac is married to his high school sweetheart, who is a rabbi in the Reform movement. They have three daughters, who often join him in his studio.