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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.

What's New

Everything you need to know about Sinai's Kallah Retreat

Steve Lotter

Friday December 9th - Sunday December 11th


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 the Jewish soul is explored and refreshed - shavat va’yinafash.

What we do at the Kallah

Check-in: Friday, Dec. 9, 4 PM

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 outdoor sports (sledding if there is snow), hikes, book talks, study sessions, 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 more schmoozing.

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

Check-out: Sunday, Dec. 11, 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 or TAMID friends, then s/ he can sleep in the supervised slumber party room. Your child will be charged the child rate for this option. Please note the slumber party rooms will be divided into two age groups: 6-12 (FEAST students) and 13-17 (TAMID students).

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 double occupancy rate.

Childcare will be available during all adult evening activities.


All meals will be dairy and/or pareve provided by Earthworks, a local, sustainable farm and caterer that is part of The Center at Donaldson.

Snacks will also be provided throughout the Kallah.


REGISTRATION IS ON A SPACE-AVAILABLE BASIS - We have only 60 beds reserved for our group. Register early!

Download and complete this registration form and send your check, made payable to Sinai Synagogue, to 1102 E. LaSalle Ave., South Bend, IN 46617. Payment is due in full at the time of your registration; your check is your reservation. No refunds will be given after November 20th, due to our commitment to the retreat center.

Contact Colin Pier-Silver at, or call 574-303-5056 with any questions. 


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

Registration (deadline Nov. 12th)
Single Occupancy $225
Double Occupancy $180
Children ages 6-17 (in slumber party room or sleeping bag in parents’ room) $75
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 Rabbi Friedland, in confidence, to apply for a stipend: or call 574-234-8584.