In 2017, Temple Emanu-El was awarded a three-year Kallah Project grant. We assembled a motivated committee of members to plan and execute the first Kallah retreat. There were bumps in the road – most notably the sudden death of Kallah Project director Rabbi Barb Moskow. Rabbi Barb was the organizational leader of the Kallah Project, but also was the inspiration to create a something beautiful in every community with which she worked. During her time with us, Rabbi Barb infected us with a vision of something special on the horizon, so we pressed forward with the planning. Temple Emanu-El is grateful to Jill Epstein and Rabbi Seymour Rossel, both Kallah Project board members, for stepping in to provide support and guidance in the months leading up to our Kallah.
Over 50 Temple members spent a beautiful weekend at Bagby State Park in Georgia. The weather could not have been more perfect for fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, riding bikes, or just relaxing. Temple lay-leaders led the community in Shabbat t’fillah, songs and skits. Student rabbi, Caroline Sim, led one of her always wonderful Torah discussions. And Rabbi Rossel brought his gifts of sermons and stories all weekend. We appreciate the men of the congregation for cooking up a wonderful meal on Saturday night. There were many other hands that worked on projects large and small to make the weekend a success – and we appreciate each and every one of you. Judging by the smiles all around, it was certainly a successful Kallah and we look forward to doing it again next year!