Shabbaton Experiment Surpasses All Expectations
This year's Community Shabbaton -- jointly sponsored by SCM, Hebrew College and CJP's Commission on Jewish Life & Learning -- took on a new, collaborative look with fabulous learning and the same sense of community and great davening/worship we've learned to expect from past Shabbat gatherings.
Based on the Meah learning model, our theme, "What About God," was taught by four of Meah's amazing faculty members: Dr. Marc Brettler, Dr. Rabbi Shaye Cohen, Dr. Deeana Klepper and Dr. Jacob Meskin, who explicated biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern perspectives, respectively, on this important and provocative theme.
Pictured here are Alan Teperow (holding the kiddush cup for Havdallah) along with Steve Lipman (holding the Havdallah candle), Suzanne Hanser Teperow and Vice President Fred Cohen (in the background).
Read what people who attended this year's Shabbaton had to say about their experience:
“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! It's been more than a week since the Shabbaton and I am still feeling the joy from the time we shared together. You did a fabulous job organizing the program under this new and different format. Truly, a sense of community did emerge. The people were wonderful (new friends and old), the learning was thoughtful and interesting, the food was yummy and the davening and music (really, they cannot be separated) were inspiring.
SCM Shabbatonim are always wonderful. And this one in particular came at a time when I really needed that boost, that sense of community and that inspiration. I arrived on Friday full of a stressful week (among many) and emerged on Saturday night feeling replenished, connected and inspired.
I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgivukkah. May you and the Synagogue Council continue to grow from strength to strength.”
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“Mazel tov on a fabulous Shabbaton. Every speaker was outstanding. Every participant was totally engaged. It was really great.”
Steffi Aronson Karp
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“Thanks very much for encouraging me to come to the Shabbaton - it was terrific! I enjoyed the fantastic speakers, thoughtful study partners, and joyful singing.”
NOTES FROM HAIFA
Thank you very much for all of your help and for guiding me around during my stay in Boston. It was a truly wonderful week, and I learned a great deal from you. We in Israel have much to learn from you in Boston.
Thank you for everything!!
With Warm Blessings and Thanks,
Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Haiyun
Moriah Congregation, Haifa
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We are back home, the Jet Lag is almost behind us and we have time to reflect on the wonderful Shabbaton that we experienced in Jewish Boston.
We assume that you yourself felt the positive "click" between the three Rabbis. We all enjoyed the physical atmosphere, the true friendship, and the general warmth.
We are convinced that the work of SCM, the diversity — the sensitivity to service everyone and to offend no one — is quite evident. The cooperation, spiritually and venue at Hebrew College proved itself.
The special attention given to the Israeli delegation, the visits to the Vilna Shul, Mayyim Hayyim, Gann Academy and the Holocaust Memorial were very successful and appreciated.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Rabbi Rafi & Karen Weinberg