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NFTY-NEL Winter Kallah

Friday, December 6, 2019 8 Kislev 5780

All Day for 2 Days

How can you help welcome 125 teens to Temple Emanu-El?

VOLUNTEER - Meal time is when we need the most help.  Volunteer to help with meal set-up, food pick-up or organization, clean-up, etc.

DONATE - Consider sponsoring a meal and keep those teens well fed! Any amount of money helps and will go towards meals for the weekend, as well as activities and supplies we need during Winter Kallah. 

HOST - Would you be willing to host teens in your home? In addition to audacious hospitality for our out-of-town teens, hosts are asked to provide breakfast for their guest(s) on Saturday morning and rides to and from Temple Emanu-El.

For more information and to sign up to help during Winter Kallah, please contact Temple Emanu-El Youth Engagement Coordinator Lauren Bernstein at

All Temple Emanu-El members are welcome to join NFTY-NEL on for Shabbat Friday, December 6 or Saturday, December 7--but space is limited!

Separate registration will be required for both Friday and Saturday.  REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 25.

Register for TempO Emanu-El Family Shabbat-click HERE

Register for Brunch & Learn with Jacob Spike Kraus-click HERE

Meet Musician-in-Residence Jacob Spike Kraus

Jacob “Spike” Kraus is a 28 year old singer/songwriter, educator & innovator. Now based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jacob serves as the Artist in Residence at Temple Israel of West Bloomfield. His music has been included in the cantorial curriculum of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and is featured by Jewish Rock Radio & PJ Library. Originally from Boston Massachusetts, Jacob has been song leading for over a decade at synagogues, day schools, and summer camps. Now he spends his summers touring Jewish summer camps across North America - performing, teaching, and just being generally “camp-ful”. 

Jacob graduated from Muhlenberg College in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Music Performance, and released his first album “Shake Off the Dust” one year later, featuring the smash hit “What Makes You Glow,” known endearingly in most circles as “Fish Swim”. His sophomore release, “Cornerstones,” (2017) introduced a contemporary style to Jacob’s sound, catapulting his music into the 21st century. His music is eclectic, drawing on themes from Pop, Rock, Folk, and Rhythm & Blues genres. Not one to be “put in a box” stylistically, Jacob hates the question “What kind of music do you play?”  His go to answer: “the feel-it-in-your-bones, can’t-stop-humming-it-later” kind. 

The son of a Rabbi as well as the product of Jewish day school and Jewish summer camp, Jacob brings more than musicality to his work. His intimate knowledge of the Hebrew language, Jewish texts and culture add depth to his songs and authenticity to his role as a musical educator. Throughout the year Jacob tours the country singing with multi-generational communities and using Jewish music as a tool to educate and engage the next generation of Jews. You can hear Jacob’s music anywhere music is streamed or sold, and find out more about Jacob and his music at   


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