Sukkot Retreat at Camp Miriam, Oct 10–12


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 10

  • 3:50pm – ferry from Nanaimo to Gabriola Island
  • 5:00pm – official start with walk to the “Point” for Kabbalat Shabbat;
  • 6:15pm – candle lighting and dinner back at camp; evening program with flashlights! 

Saturday, Oct 11

  • A mix of learning, singing, playing, and sharing during the day
  • Havdallah and a “sharing of talents”; weather permitting: a campfire

Sunday, Oct 12

  • 11:00 am approximately – end of program

The art galleries on Gabriola are open all of Thanksgiving Weekend – a wonderful outing after the retreat. 

Costs for the weekend are as follows:

  • Adult: $60
  • Child (12 and under): $40 first child
  • ($20 for each additional child)

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 cleanup. 

In addition, each family will 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:  The 3-star Surf Lodge hotel is a three minute walk from the camp and highly recommended.  Speak to Leah about how to contact the hotel.

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 

Fill out the registration form here


If you have any questions, please email or call Leah Levi at (250) 370-1246 or (604) 782-1201.

Wild Play, June 22 for congregation teens

Back by popular demand!! 

We have decent funds left over from the fall Apples & Honey fundraiser, so this event will be heavily subsidized for everyone.  The cost is just $10 per person and includes both the Wild Play course as well as pizza and drinks after the course.  This event is for all students in grades 6-12 (and their parents!).
To participate, everyone under the age of 19 must have a waiver signed by a parent – adults can NOT sign for kids that aren’t our own, so please be sure to print, sign and send your child’s waiver with your child on the day of the event.

Also, kids under the age of 12 will need a “buddy.” Please check out specific details at
Since Wild Play is a bit of a drive (for some of us), it’s a very good idea to car pool – please reply early so we have an idea of who will attend, how many adults we’ll need (for “buddies”) and who is able to drive.
This is a super events for both kids and parents, so don’t be shy if you’d like to participate! Also, let us know if you are available to “buddy” someone under 12 in case there is a child wanting to participate who’s parent isn’t able to attend.