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Shavuot 2022 Frequently Asked Questions

General | Registration & Financial Aid | Housing & Logistics | Family Programming

We've tried to answer the most common questions about the Shavuot Retreat in the FAQ below. If you don't find the answer to your question here, please email shavuot@kehilathadar.org.

General

Come for the davening and the learning, stay for the relaxing atmosphere and scenic lake!
On Shavuot, the Kehilat Hadar community leaves Manhattan’s Upper West Side to join with friends and guests from all over the country together at Camp Kinder Ring, a little over an hour outside Manhattan. 
For three days, we create a Shavuot community centered around traditional, egalitarian davening, high-caliber learning on a variety of topics, and outdoor recreation. The retreat offers activities for all ages and interests, from softball, frisbee, and yoga to board games, learning niggunim, and studying Jewish texts. Highlights include the Tikkun Leil, where we study all night, the tisch, where we sing and celebrate, and the big barbecue on the last day.

What is the Tikkun Leil Shavuot?
It is a Shavuot tradition to stay up all night learning, and the retreat provides a line-up of classes from dusk until dawn, taught by community members and esteemed guest teachers. In the past, our teachers have included Rabbi Judith Hauptman, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Dena Weiss, Joey Weisneberg, and Rabbi Ethan Tucker. We provide snacks, coffee, tea, and cheesecake! Everyone is encouraged to participate and stay up as much as they feel comfortable. The Tikkun, taking place on the first night of Shavuot, concludes with Shacharit at dawn, and we also have a 9 AM Shacharit service.
 

Registration & Financial Aid

Registration will open in April. See the home page for more information about the registration process, costs, and housing.

How do I pay for the retreat?
On the registration form, registrants will rank their choices for housing. We will then match registrants into housing and then send out confirmation emails and invoices. Payment is required by credit card within 48 hours of receiving the invoice, otherwise the housing offer will be released. There is no surcharge for credit card payment. Registration is not confirmed until payment is received. You will receive a confirmation email once you have paid; if you do not, please email shavuot@kehilathadar.org

Please review our refund policy.

We encourage everyone who feels able to make donations during the registration process to help us provide financial aid.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, we have some funds available for financial aid in hopes of making the retreat accessible to everyone who wants to join. Learn more here, and email shavuot.finances@kehilathadar.org with any further questions. 

If I cancel, can I get my money back? 
When you register we are counting on your participation and plan accordingly. If you must cancel, a portion of your registration fees will be refunded as follows:

Cancellation Date

Registration Refund

Through May 6

 90% refunded

May 7–14

50% refunded

May 15 and on

non-refundable

In the event that you receive a positive COVID test or otherwise are required to quarantine during the dates of the retreat, please contact us to cancel and we will provide a full refund. 

Please note that due to the busy season, refunds may not be processed until after Shavuot. We appreciate your patience.

Housing & Logistics

What housing options are offered?
Camp Kinder Ring offers a variety of summer camp-style housing, including bunks and private cabins. There are a variety of housing categories – at different price points – so that you can choose the best accommodations for you.

Please note that not all accommodations in a particular price category are identical, some have slight variations, but that is life on camp! Contact shavuot.housing@kehilathadar.org with any questions. Housing placement will be done based on availability, and first priority will go to KH and SZ community members. Please register promptly, as we expect many of the housing categories to fill up fast!

All housing comes with bedding and towels. Most of the accommodations are not heated, so you may want to bring an extra blanket. Camp also does not provide porta-cribs, so families must bring their own if necessary. While we cannot guarantee more than one room per family, we do guarantee one bed for each child who needs a bed.

Individual registrants can request a preferred roommate. Please note that roommates requesting each other must choose the same housing type. While we cannot make guarantees in terms of housing, and will not be able to confirm specific requests in advance of the retreat, we will do our best to accommodate all needs.

What time will the retreat start? 
Check-in at camp is available between 5–7 PM on Friday, June 3, followed by Mincha at 7:10 PM. Additionally, the early seating for dinner will be at 6:00 PM. 

What sort of weather should I anticipate?
The days could get hot and the nights could get cold, so we recommend that everyone bring clothes for weather extremes, as well as seasonal weather (which is what we hope for!). Most of the housing accommodations are neither heated nor air-conditioned, so please take that into account when you pack. A recommended packing list will be available for registered participants.

Family Programming

Will there be programming for children at the retreat?
We offer activities and programming for children of all ages at the retreat. There will be kids services for different age groups, a variety of fun and educational activities, and a kids' lounge stocked with snacks and games. For nights when dinner starts quite late, there will also be an earlier seating of dinner. We offer babysitting in a common location during morning services for all children. We also offer babysitting during naps and bedtime, for those who register for a housing category that includes babysitting.

For any specific questions regarding families at the retreat, or if you are interested in assisting with the planning, please email shavuot.kids@kehilathadar.org.


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Sat, May 28 2022 27 Iyyar 5782