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1102 East Lasalle Avenue
South Bend, IN, 46617
United States

(574) 234-8584

Sinai Synagogue – an integral part of the South Bend community since 1932.

Sinai Synagogue is a proud part of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement, a dynamic blend of our inclusive, egalitarian approach and a commitment to Jewish tradition.

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Everything you need to know about Sinai's Kallah Retreat

Steve Lotter

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Friday November 1st - Sunday November 3rd


What is the Kallah?

It’s an unforgettable weekend of friendship, community, and a joyous celebration of Shabbat in a casual and relaxed setting. It is a retreat program in which to reflect, renew, and relax - l’hahshkif, l’hithadesh, l’anuach.

What we do at the Kallah

Check-in: Friday, Nov. 1st, 4 PM (but people can arrive as late as 10 PM if you need to)

We begin with a welcome and a chance to settle in. Then we gather for a singing, swinging Kabbalat Shabbat. Dinner is followed by an evening program and a special oneg. Then you may retire to your room, schmooze with your friends or stay up for a late night “Rebbe’s Tish.”

Shabbat morning begins with a leisurely breakfast and continues with engaging Shabbat services followed by lunch. After lunch we’ll enjoy a long period of free time. It’s a good opportunity to snooze in your room, schmooze with friends old and new in any of the lounges, stroll, or just relax with a good book. You’ll have a variety of optional activities to choose from: indoor and games (gaga ball), hikes, book talks, study sessions, mah jongg or free time.

In the late afternoon, we’ll regroup for an engaging workshop and then it’s of to dinner followed by the sights, sounds and smells of Havdalah. The evening concludes with a rousing social program. Then, it’s of to bed or catch a late-night movie.

Sunday morning, it’s time to wake up, eat up, pack up and wrap up with an amazing Tikkun Olam project.

Check-out: Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 11 AM


Religious observance, or not

Or in other words, will you get yelled at if you turn on a light during Shabbat? Of course not! People observe Shabbat in many different ways. To make everyone feel comfortable, we will differentiate between public and private areas. In public areas, we will not write or use our devices. In the privacy of your room, you may observe Shabbat as you wish. However, we do encourage you to leave all the noise and mechanics of your weekday behind and bring the peace and quiet and restfulness of Shabbat into the privacy of your room. Just in case you are wondering, attendance at services is always optional.


We will be guests at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, which is nestled onto the north shore of Lake Gilbraith in rural Donaldson, Indiana, on the campus of The Center at Donaldson, which also houses Ancilla College and Earthworks. This natural setting provides the flexibility to offer Kallah participants options for time with community and time to be alone, areas to be active and areas to rest, space to be indoors and space to enjoy nature on 65 acres of woodlands and meadows. The entire facility is ADA compliant.

There is a lounge with a refrigerator for our use if you have dietary needs and need to bring supplementary food or medicine.


Each hotel-style room has two twin beds and a private bathroom with a shower. There is no charge for children ages 0- 5 if they sleep in their parents’ room in a sleeping bag or portable crib (that parents bring). Please review the following options for children 6-17 and mark the registration form accordingly.

Options for children:

Option 1: If your child is between ages 6-17, and would enjoy a slumber party with FEAST friends, then s/ he can sleep in the supervised slumber party room. Your child will be charged the child rate for this option.

Option 2: If you want your child to sleep in your room in a sleeping bag on the floor, s/he will be charged the child rate.

Option 3: If your child will not enjoy the slumber party option, nor sleeping on the floor, then s/he will need to sleep in a bed in a room with one of their parents and will be charged the adult double occupancy rate.

Childcare will be available during all adult evening activities.


All meals will be dairy and/or pareve.

There is a lounge with a refrigerator and microwave for our use if you have dietary needs and need to bring special food or medicine.

Snacks will also be provided throughout the Kallah at the 24-hour Coffee (and Hot Cocoa) Corner.


We only reserved 35 rooms this year and we are already over one-third full. Register now to ensure you get in!

Complete the registration online through the Sinai website (click here). Or, download and complete this registration form and send your check, made payable to Sinai Synagogue, to 1102 E. LaSalle Ave., South Bend, IN 46617. Your payment is your reservation.

Contact Colin Pier-Silver at, or call 574-234-8584 (ext. 1003) and leave a message with any questions. 


Prices are per person and include 2 nights accommodation, 5 meals, snacks, programming, and free-time activities.

Registration deadline is Oct. 11th
Single Occupancy $235
Double Occupancy $190
Children ages 6-17 (in slumber party room or sleeping bag in parents’ room) $85
Kids 5 & under are FREE

***If you are a single attendee and would like to save by sharing with another single, please contact Colin and she will try to make a match.

The Kallah is sponsored by Sinai Synagogue through a generous grant from The Kallah Project. The retreat is open to the greater South Bend Jewish community.

Finances should not be an obstacle to attend; stipends are available. Contact Colin Pier-Silver with any questions.

Jamie Wendt Poetry Reading

Steve Lotter


Sunday, April 7 at 11:00am

Jamie Wendt is the author of Fruit of the Earth, a poetry collection published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha with an MFA in Creative Writing, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Drake University. Her poetry has been published in a variety of literary journals, including Lilith, Raleigh Review, Minerva Rising, Third Wednesday, and Saranac Review. Her essays on Jewish writing have been published in Green Mountains Review and the Forward. She contributes book reviews for the Jewish Book Council, Literary Mama, and other publications. Wendt teaches high school English and lives in Chicago with her husband and two children. You can learn more about Wendt at

"Doing Justice: Faith-Based Community Organizing" - Sunday, January 20 at 11 AM

Steve Lotter


"Doing Justice: Faith-Based Community Organizing" with Andre Stoner, Faith in St. Joseph County

Sunday, January 20th at 11 AM

Faith in St. Joe County is an emerging multi-racial and interfaith network of congregations and community groups building relational power to help ordinary people speak effectively into decisions that shape our community. FISJC is a local affiliate of Faith in Indiana. Andre Stoner, part-time organizer for FISJC, will share about the vision, successes, and challenges of this work.

The New Voice of Yiddish Song: Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell in concert, December 1

Steve Lotter


Don’t miss Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell in concert at Sinai Synagogue on Saturday, December 1st at 7 PM! Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door. Ages 12 & under are FREE.

About the concert
Four years after his San Francisco Opera Company debut, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell decided to devote himself to the music of Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975) one of the twentieth century's most prolific performers of chazzanut, Chassidic nigunim and Yiddish art song. In The Sidor Belarsky Songbook, Anthony delves into the rich, vibrant world of Ashkenazi Jewish culture and song with a performance of selections from the Sidor Belarsky Songbook.