Sukkot Retreat at Camp Miriam

Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4

You are invited to join us in celebrating Shabbat and Sukkot in a family friendly, community environment, complete with our own sukkah.  Rabbi Harry will lead us in a fun, thoughtful program meant for anyone who wants to come.  Below is information about registration, logistics, cost, and a basic explanation of how the retreat will work.

Camp Miriam is located on Gabriola Island, off Nanaimo.  The camp is across the road from a typical gorgeous Gulf Island beach and down the road from beautiful sandy beaches.

The program:

  • Friday, Oct 2
    • 3:45pm – ferry from Nanaimo to Gabriola Island
    • 5:00pm – official start with walk to the “Point”
    • 6:15pm – candle lighting and dinner back at camp;
    • then Kabbalat Shabbat  
  • Saturday, Oct 3
    • A mix of learning, singing, playing, and sharing during the day
    • Havdallah and a “sharing of talents”;
    • weather permitting: a campfire
  • Sunday, Oct 4
    • 11:00 am approximately – end of program
    • The art galleries on Gabriola are often open on Sundays – a wonderful outing after the retreat.

Costs for the weekend are as follows:

  • Adult: $ 75
  • Child (12 and under): $40 first child ($20 for each additional child)
  • $40 for Adults staying off-site.

The fee covers accommodation and food for Friday night dinner, breakfasts, hot drinks and snacks.  We will be depending on volunteer participants for food preparation and paid help with cleanup.

In addition, each family should bring:

  • Two vegetarian/dairy main course dishes.  One should be a hot dish (e.g. Casserole) and the other a cold dish (e.g. Bean salad, humus, dolmades).
  • One dessert which feeds 6 – 8 people each.
  • Please be sure to label your dishes with your name and all ingredients.
  • Accommodations: Camp Miriam has winterized cabins with bunk beds; families will be bunking together.  Bathrooms with flush toilets and showers are communal.
  • Alternative Accommodations:  Some of us are not up to the full-on camp experience and have already booked our alternatives, e.g. at the 3-star Surf Lodge, a three minute walk from the camp or B&Bs.  

What to bring:

  • sleeping bags, pillows, towels, warm clothing, rain gear
  • kippot, candle sticks, candles, talit
  • any personal medications
  • flashlights; baby monitors for young kids
  • songbooks/ideas for talent sharing/musical instruments
  • a piece of Judaica or heritage item which has meaning for your family

PLEASE Fill out this form and deliver to the office.
If you have any questions, please email, or call the office 250 382-0675

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