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Congregational Retreat 2023

Friday, January 27, 2023 5 Sh'vat 5783

All Day for 2 DaysHappy Valley Conference Center, Santa Cruz

Hello PTS!
Our congregational retreat will be held from January 27 through 29, 2023 at the Happy Valley Conference Center, a beautiful retreat location in the woods of Santa Cruz! To register, scroll to complete the form below. You must be logged in to register.

Friday, January 27th​​​​

  • Check in will be at 4:30 at Happy Valley Conference Center in Santa Cruz
  • A night to remember! We will welcome Shabbat with a service led by Charlie Kramer and your clergy. Afterward, retreat participants will enjoy an evening program with Theatre Dybbuk to kick off the weekend.

Saturday, January 28th

  • Sing and pray with Jewish musician, Charlie Kramer
  • Drama and movement with Jewish theater group, Theater Dybbuk
  • Nature, music, sports, games, relaxation, and crafts for adults and children alike!

Sunday, January 29th

  • Say goodbye to the weekend with one last program and our closing circle. Thanks for a great weekend and L'hitraot until next year!
  • Checkout will be at 12:15pm 


  • Participants Ages 11+: $250 
  • Children 3-10: $200 
  • Children 0-2: Complimentary

If you need any financial assistance, please reach out to Rabbi Liora Alban.

More information on the retreat's special guests...

Charlie Kramer

Recently featured in USA Today, Charlie Kramer is a life coach for the Disabled, helping his clients gain vital self advocacy skills, independence, acceptance, and guides them in effectively accomplishing their relationship and career goals. An international touring speaker, performer and musical artist, Charlie has traveled across North America, Israel and Australia sharing his talent and powerful message. He utilizes his blindness as a tool to educate people on the importance of inclusion, equality and radical self-acceptance.


Theatre Dybbuk

Founded in 2011, Theatre Dybbuk is an arts and education organization and theater company that creates theatrical events based on Jewish folklore, rituals, and history. Its work is steeped in and based around arts, culture, education, and exploring the universal human experience from a Jewish perspective. It combines live performance with educational offerings to engage youth, young adults, and audiences of all ages. 



With gratitude to the Lokay Educational Fund and the Zeichick Family Fund for Sukkah Shalom for substantially subsidizing this program. To support future congregational retreats, donate here. Click Donation, then select Shabbaton Fund under "Type."


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Tue, January 31 2023 9 Sh'vat 5783