A Shabbat Experience at August Execs
Posted on 08/19/2012 @ 12:00 AM
On Friday evening we worked to together to plan and develop different Shabbat programs to meet the needs and interests of the entire Execs body. It was very important for our community to try new things, whether that meant prayers in a different style, sung with a new tune, or sitting in separate seating.
Our Shabbat experiences gave the Execs body the opportunity to learn something new and most importantly to choose how they wanted to welcome the Sabbath.
One service was led by Grand Aleph Shaliach, Benji Fages and was conducted in a more traditional style. There was great participation from our Execs body. It was a spirited service and included ruach through the prayers and conversation throughout.
The other service was led by our International Sh'licha Andie Djamal and Grand Aleph S'gan, Ryan Ladd. They were joined by our song leaders, Happie Hoffman and Eric Hunker. Their Shabbat community sang beautiful songs in new melodies.
At the conclusion of our services the entire Execs body joined together for a Shabbat dinner. We enjoyed a beautiful meal and were joined by members of BBYO's Board of Directors' Executive Committee: Walter Solomon, Marc Saperstein, Rob Ruby and Chairwoman of BBYO's Board, Estee Portnoy. It was a great opportunity to share with them the highlights of our weekend so far and to hear their own stories from their time in AZA and BBG.