Religious School Families, Young Families and the Young at Heart Havdalah in the Woods

June 27, 2:00 PM – June 28, 4:00 PM

Kettle Pond State Park & Boulder Beach State Park
Groton, Vermont


Cookouts, Havdalah under the stars, stories around the campfire.

Kettle Pond


Saturday, June 27

2:00 – Arrive Kettle Pond State Park and set up camp

3:00 – Swim in Kettle Pond, hike, play games, do crafts, sing, dance, whatever we feel like doing!

Kettle pond nighttime with 3 stars

5:00 – Start our cookout–Temple Sinai will provide burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers, campers bring the rest

When 3 stars appear–Havdalah under the stars!

6:30 or so until bedtime – Stories, singing, dancing

Sunday, June 28

Wake up whenever we want!

Breakfast – Temple Sinai will provide fixings for pancakes and eggs, campers provide the rest

10:00 – Break camp

11:00 – Check out of Kettle Pond (Park rules)

11:15 – Reconvene at Boulder Beach State Park, just a few minutes away from Kettle Pond – our Kettle Pond passes gain us admission. Boulder Beach has a wonderful swimming beach, great playground equipment.

Through the rest of the day – play, swim, hike at Boulder Beach. Campers provide their own lunches.

Where will we camp?

Lean-to in woods with camping gear
Remote lean-to at Kettle Pond State Park by Justin Lajoie

We’ve reserved 9 lean-to’s on the shores of Kettle Pond, and we’ll have lots of room for tents. Compost toilets will be available, but no running water, we’ll have to bring in our own.

If you’ve never camped before, give it a try! Camping is a wonderful way to turn off the noise of the world and connect with friends, family, and the peace of Shabbat!

If you can’t stay overnight, join us for the day!


  • Kettle Pond overnight campers–$10 per person
  • Kettle Pond day use (6/27) – $6 Adults, $4 kids
  • Boulder Beach day use (6/28) – $4 Adults, $2 kids

To reserve, call Stacie Gabert at Temple Sinai (802) 862-5125

Program leader: Saragail Benjamin
Event co-sponsored by Temple Sinai VT & PJ Library VT

Temple Sinai logo   PJ Library - Jewish Bedtime Stories and Songs for Families

More details coming as the event gets closer!

Got questions? Email Saragail or call her at (914) 500-7157