2014-02-05

Registration and Agreements

We are now accepting reservations to join the Passover Village 2014 (5774 by the Hebrew Calendar). Spaces are limited and are available on a first-come basis.

DATES AND TIMES: The 2014 Passover Village Retreat officially begins at 9:00 AM on Friday, April 18th through 11:00 am on Sunday, April 20th.

Ideally, arrive as early as Wednesday or Thursday, April 16th or 17th in time to set up your personal campsite and enjoy a relaxed afternoon and evening or more of rest and fellowship and "Village-making."  Allow 1.5 hours minimum travel time by car from Los Angeles; arrival before dark will simplify campsite setup (very dark by 8 pm on these dates).

If you cannot arrive on Wednesday or Thursday, arrive early enough (7 or 7:30 am) on Friday morning to set up your personal campsite and join the Opening Council at 9:00 am.

LOCATION: This year we will be gathering in the Angeles National Forest (specific location with registration), a pleasant drive about 90 minutes from Los Angeles and less than an hour via a two-lane paved highway (HWY 2) from the La Canada-Flintridge area.  The group camp at 5000' elevation is similar in amenities to last year's site in Joshua Tree (which was at 3000' elevation) but in the forest vs. the desert.  Any passenger car can easily make the trip as the elevation gain is very gradual and the road is in good condition (and if your car made it up the steep grades from Palm Springs to Yucca Valley, it will be just fine here).  Bonus features include running water available right in the kitchen area and a large communal fire circle.  And, there's a great spot for our community mishkan (tent). 

CAMPING AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

* As mentioned above, our group site has running water in the kitchen area. 

* Multiple picnic tables and a community barbecue pit  

* Pit toilets like Joshua Tree will help us feel more or less "at home."

There are sites for individual tents scattered throughout the group site.

* This is a family-friendly site, however it is in the National Forest and precautions are advised for the occasional bear (not as likely during our busy season, but possible).

* As mentioned above, this site is NOT a very short drive from stores, motels or B-&-B accommodations.  While these are available in La Canada/Flintridge, note that each trip to or from the Village site will require a 45- to 60-minute drive each way and is not recommended.

* Exact location and directions will be provided after registration.  Please don't plan to "just drop by."


ACCESSIBILITY: The campground is accessible via road. The outhouses meet ADA requirements for accessibility. Most of the campsite is sandy or loose soil, making wheelchair mobility difficult. But as during our exodus from Egypt, when the infirm and disabled were carried, we will accommodate special needs.

UPDATED COST FOR 2014: To encourage participation of families with children, this year our requested donation is $72 for adults (13 and over), while children 12 and under will be free! Following the tradition of "Let all who are hungry come and eat," no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Firewood will be provided for us by Michael Chusid so no need to purchase and transport one bundle per person as before!  Thanks, Michael!

MEALS: Meals provided by Passover Village will be "kosher-style" and free from leaven. Vegetarian options will be available. Let us know of any other dietary limitations.

Friday Night: An outreach to some past Villagers who might like to coordinate a Shabbat meal and/or service will be forthcoming.

Saturday Night: The Seder dinner on Saturday night will be catered.

Other Meals and Snacks: Bring food and kitchen/cooking items for your own enjoyment. (Meal-time sharing is encouraged.)

PASSOVER VILLAGE AGREEMENTS: 
We agree to respect and care for ourselves, each other, the community and the land. To safeguard the freedom and sanctity of time and space in the Passover Village, the Leadership Council has endeavored to balance the needs of individuals with those of the community. To that end, the following updates are effective with Passover Village 2013.

By registering for this retreat, attendees also agree to the following:

Photography and Recordings:
Please:
-- When we are gathered In Community with a common focus or, "In Session," put away cameras and recording devices.
-- When we are not gathered as a focused community, having lunch, talking with others, etc., photos and recording are allowed within bounds of respect, privacy and permission: Be discrete, non-intrusive, and respectful of all participants when taking any photographs or recording; some may prefer not to be photographed or recorded at all.
-- Do not publish photos or recordings in public media
-- If unsure about a photo or recording, do not take or publish it.
Personal Displays and Self Promotion:
In the spirit of a retreat, so that we might leave behind the things of the day to day world, please do not bring personal displays or promotional items into community areas.
Thank you!

REGISTRATION: Send payment plus your name(s), phone number(s), email address(es), and the age(s) of child(ren) if applicable. Please let us know where you heard about Passover Village and what attracts you to our event. Make checks payable to Larry Richard.
Mail to:
Larry Richard
2118 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 594
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(Larry's cell:  310-560-6004)
 Must be received by March 31st to confirm your space.
IMPORTANT: To help with planning, please let us know when you register:
* WHAT DAY and TIME you plan to arrive

* NUMBER IN YOUR PARTY (ages of all 17-and-under children, must be accompanied by parent)

* NUMBER and DESCRIPTION of VEHICLE(S)


CARPOOL AND PARKING: Updated February 5, 2014.
We encourage carpooling; let us know if you can offer or need a ride.
Parking is limited in the group site parking lot.  


(EXCEPTION:  if you choose to camp in a nearby individual "family site" (non-reservable, first-come/first-served and a short walk from the group site) parking for one or two vehicles will be included in the cost of your family campsite).  

Overflow parking is available nearby but each vehicle must display a valid $5-per-day Adventure Pass.  As a Village, we will provide the prepaid Adventure Passes as needed 
THEREFORE, WE MUST KNOW HOW MANY VEHICLES to expect (see above).


LEADERSHIP: Throughout the year, a Leadership Council -- with help and input from other community members -- keeps alive the spirit of Passover Village and plans and organizes our gatherings. Members of the Leadership Council have taken on facilitation of various aspects of Passover Village (with some others' tasks to be decided):
  • Dan Brumer
  • Laurie Burton
  • Michael Chusid
  • Sandra Goodman
  • Larry Richard
  • Devorah Miriaam Cohen 
  • Avram Wagman
  • Marc Weigensberg
  • Rina Daly 
VOLUNTEERING: It takes a village to make a village. Will you help organize or lead…?:

Baking matzah
Making haroset
Assembling the Seder plate
Bringing music, song, and ruach (spirit)
Preparing a teaching, creative activity, or ritual
Planning a meditation walk
Mentoring our "young warriors"
Bringing the fruit of the vine
Leading part of Seder
Repairing tent
or whatever your calling.

The Passover Village will offer a chance to immerse and spend time in these ancient forms as we recreate aspects of the Exodus, celebrate community and share in the traditional "non-traditional, expanded, experimental, enhanced and engaging Passover Village Seder!"  We invite you to revisit the excellent study notes posted by Marc throughout the year to begin your Passover Village experience right away!    You will find them elsewhere in the blog pages.

MORE INFO AND TO VOLUNTEER:
Michael at (818) 219-4937

Larry at (310) 560-6004


KAVANAH

     We have spent our year since the last Passover Village studying the reign of Solomon -- his accession to David's throne, his wisdom, and -- most significantly -- his construction of the Temple.

     We asked ourselves, "What would it take for each of us to build a temple?"  A peaceful spirit, a dedicated soul, an intention to consecrate a space, a willingness to live in the purity of the moment, the sanctity of a breath, a gift from the heart
 – all these.

  And, we asked ourselves, "What is a temple?"  A building, a tabernacle, a tent, a human body, a human mind, a human soul -- all these.

  We will join our wandering ancestors as they end their wandering and settle into a place, and we will try to live up to the responsibility of creating, defining, and maintaining a holy space.




NOTICE: Outdoors activities and camping are inherently dangerous. By participating you agree to accept all risks to yourself and property, and to hold harmless the organizers of and participants in Passover Village.

Revised 2014-02-05 Dan B.

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  2. Is this a public event? Is there an organization overseeing it?

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    1. This event is open to the public by with a reservation. We reserve the right to refuse participation. However we abide by the concept, "Let all who are hungry come and eat."

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