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Chagigah Basics

What is Chagigah?

Chagigah is our biennial celebration of Reform Judaism. Chagigah means just that:  a celebration. It reflects the special atmosphere we will create over the weekend, celebrating Reform Judaism and being part of something bigger.

It’s the place for Reform Jews and our friends and family from across the UK to come together to learn, pray, share ideas, sing and enjoy ourselves. We will hear from inspiring guest speakers, reunite with old friends and create new connections. Additionally this year Reform Judaism will launch three initiatives as part of our commitment to strengthening communities, inspiring our members and pursuing tikkun olam.

The weekend is relaxed, enjoyable and inclusive. We hope you will join us!

When is Chagigah?

Chagigah will take place between 24-26 June 2016.

Registration is open from 4pm on Friday 24th June with our Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service starting at 6.30pm and dinner at 8pm. On Sunday 26 June we will be holding our AGM and conclusion session and will finish at 2pm, after lunch.

Where is Chagigah?

Our venue for the weekend is Eastwood Hall near Nottingham. This is a beautiful 4 star hotel and conference centre and we will have exclusive use for the weekend.

For more information please see their website 

Registration and logistics

Can I register over the telephone?

We would love it if you can register online but if that isn’t possible please do call Amy on 020 8349 5674 and she will be happy to take your registration details and payment over the phone.

My community is funding me, how do I register?

If you would like your community to be invoiced for all or part or your place or for any other booking queries please contact Sarita on 07415 274362 or by email on chagigah@reformjudaism.org.uk

If you would like to pay by installments this is possible, please get in touch.

My partner isn’t Jewish

They won’t be on their own. Many non-Jewish partners and children come to simply enjoy a weekend of being looked after, of lovely surroundings, good food and an opportunity to relax. Of course we would welcome them to join in with sessions and services but if they just want a swim we are happy they are here with you.

Single rooms

There are a very limited number of single occupancy rooms available. If you are coming on your own but are willing to share a room please do indicate on your booking form. If you are coming on your own but are willing to share a room please do indicate on your booking form.

Subsidised places

Reform Judaism believes strongly that finances should not prevent anyone from joining any MRJ events. In the case of subsidies we ask that you first approach your community and should you require any further assistance please contact Rabbi Laura for a confidential conversation on rabbilaura@reformjudaism.org.uk

Young adult volunteers

We are offering heavily subsidised rates for young adults aged between 18 and 27; in return we ask that you spend around 8 hours over the weekend helping either in the crèche, RSY-Netzer programme, babysitting or as a general runner.

We will endeavour to work with you to create an individual schedule that allows you to participate as much as possible in the parts you wish to.

Will Wi-fi be available in the hotel?

Yes!

Chagigah Programme

New! Strengthening Communities Initiatives

At Chagigah this year, Reform Judaism will launch three initiatives as part of our commitment to strengthening communities, inspiring our members and pursuing tikkun olam. We are committed to resourcing these initiatives for 12-18 months after Chagigah as we use the collective of our 42 communities to work together for our future. At Chagigah we will bring communities together to learn from external experts, ask ‘big questions’ and apply what we learn when we get back home. Participation in these projects will embolden congregational lay leaders and professionals to take risks, learn from their successes and challenges and establish new knowledge for the field and the Movement.

We would love to welcome teams from communities’ as well as individuals to join one us the following initiatives focussing on leadership, action & practice

  • Reimagining synagogue leadership
  • Tackling adult social care in our communities and beyond
  • Enhancing individuals’ Jewish practice and experiences

The initiatives are the result of discussions involving Reform Judaism’s professional staff, rabbis, members and lay leaders and we hope you will agree that they address some of the key issues affecting us all.

Do I have to come as part of a synagogue team?

No! If you plan to be part of the initiatives you will find it helpful to be with other members of your community so that when you get home you can work together on implementing change. If you are from a small community we will buyneurontinonlinehere.com twin you with another small community so that you can support each other.

I'm nervous. Convince me!

The great thing about Chagigah is that there really is something for everyone, whether you’re active in your community, culturally Jewish or part of a mixed-faith family. We have a great team of volunteers who will be ensuring that everyone is welcome and all your questions are answered – from which session might suit you best to pointing you towards the pool, gym or bar!

There are activities and events planned for every day of the weekend. Learning sessions, daily and Shabbat services, musical and other forms of entertainment, meetings and networking sessions, are some of the many opportunities and events available.

Remember, nothing is compulsory. Chagigah is your weekend to take part to whatever extent you want to.

Study with Leo Baeck College

We are delighted to be joined by Leo Baeck College as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary. The College will be bringing the very best of its faculty allowing us the opportunity to study with them, whether it be texts, debates or discussion the highest quality of learning can be assured.

What other learning opportunities are there?

There will be a wide variety of sessions focussing on different areas including Israel, Reform Values, Mental Health, European and World Jewry etc. Don’t worry, we are confident there will be plenty for you.

But what about singing and craft?

Don’t worry we haven’t forgotten you, there will be sessions where you can sing your heart out, learn new tunes and remember your favourites. You can even be part of the Chagigah choir.

We are delighted to have Kathryn Michael with us who will be running craft sessions throughout the weekend so whether it’s a whole weekend of crafting or a bit of down time you will be well looked after.

Will you hold an AGM meeting?

The Movement for Reform Judaism’s AGM will take place at Chagigah on Sunday at 8.45am. If you are unable to join us for the whole weekend you are welcome to join for just the AGM or to book a day delegate place for the whole of Sunday.

Facilities and programming for families with young children

Chagigah is a joyful Jewish experience for the whole family, from Kuddle Up Shabbat to early morning family learning and the cutest Havdalah in the crèche.

When you arrive on Friday there will be an early dinner option at 5pm for our crèche age children (bookable in advance) and a special Kuddle up Shabbat service at 5.30pm.

Our crèche for those aged 0-4 will be staffed by qualified nursery nurses and will be open on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. You are welcome to keep your youngest participants with you or let them have a creative Jewish experience of their own with their soon to be new friends.

RSY-Netzer youth programme

RSY-Netzer, Reform Judaism’s very own youth movement, will be running a parallel event throughout the weekend for children aged 5-16. You can drop your children off as soon as you arrive so they can start making new friends. The weekend is perfect for anyone who wants to get a taste of what going on an RSY-Netzer event is like, as well as for those of you who already know you love being in an RSY-Netzer environment.

We would love to welcome teams from communities’ as well as individuals to join one us the following initiatives focussing on leadership, action & practice

  • Reimagining synagogue leadership
  • Tackling adult social care in our communities and beyond
  • Enhancing individuals’ Jewish practice and experiences

The initiatives are the result of discussions involving Reform Judaism’s professional staff, rabbis, members and lay leaders and we hope you will agree that they address some of the key issues affecting us all.

Family Rooms

There are a number of family rooms available, if you require a cot please make a note on your booking form. It is your choice to what extent you use the crèche, whether for an occasional hour or for the whole time it is open. You are of course welcome to visit your child/ren whenever you wish and if you prefer to feed them yourself just let the nursery staff know on the day.

Evening childcare

We plan to offer a listening service each evening which will be staffed by young adult volunteers. Babysitters will sit in the corridor and alert you if they think there is a cause for concern. When you arrive be sure to collect a babysitting form and put it on your room door with your mobile number and the names and ages of children. Please do let us know if you plan to use the babysitting service so we can plan accordingly. This is subject to enough Young Adult Volunteers booking for the weekend.

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