Posted on 02/15/2015 @ 03:52 AM
On Friday night the entire IC body gathered together to welcome in Shabbat. The participants came together in seven different kabbalat Shabbat service options. The offerings ranged from a traditional prayer service to prayer through spirit and dance. After services, teens enjoyed two Oneg Shabbat sessions, with nearly 20 different options. During the Oneg sessions, teens engaged in meaningful conversations such as “Worldwide Freedom of Speech”, while others enjoyed seeing old friends at BBYO Summer Experience 2014 reunions. The diversity of the options on Friday night allowed teens to experience Shabbat in new and unique ways.
Saturday morning opened with a wide variety of Shabbat service options. Teens participated in Hebrew Letter Yoga, meditation, prayer through movement and dance, prayer through storytelling, and much more. One session, Technology and Tefillah, taught the participants how to enhance their prayer experiences by utilizing their electronics.
The rest of Saturday was spent in sessions with participants from North American Federation of Temple Youth’s (NFTY) 2015 Convention. This monumental moment made history, as more than 3,000 teens came together to learn, sing and work to strengthen the Jewish people. Our teens joined with theirs to attend more than 100 program options. The sessions covered a huge range of topics, which again allowed for unique experiences for all.
Several of the Limmud sessions were lead by guests, community partners and as always, BBYO and NFTY teens. These sessions gave participants access to amazing representatives from relevant and impactful organizations. Guest speakers included Rebecca Angel Baer from CNN, Aliza Goodman and Scott Frankel from The iCenter, Adam Maslia from Israel on Campus Coalition, and Emmanuelle Chirqui, film and TV actress and activist, among many other impressive individuals. A list of our speakers from throughout IC is here!
Shabbat came to a close with a beautiful Havdallah ceremony lead by teens and the amazing group of IC 2015 song leaders. The entire Shabbat experience left the teens with a renewed energy for their Judaism and their time in BBYO. Shavuah tov, may your week be full of peace and joy as we bring IC 2015 to a close.
-Lindsey Rabinowitz, Great Midwest Region, IC 2015 Press Corps