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Our Second Shabbat Together

Posted on 07/07/2014 @ 04:28 PM

The Shabbat atmosphere at Perlman is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It begins at chofesh (afternoon free time), when all of the girls spend the majority of their time getting ready together. Once we are finished getting dressed, everyone comes together and takes pictures with friends. We then all head to the large quad—the central meeting spot at camp—and underneath the Perlman tree we have a menorah lighting together as a community to bring in Shabbat. Then we move into a group Friday night service and a great Shabbat dinner. After dinner, the night is filled with singing and nigguns where we have the option for “Shira” or a “Rabbi’s Tisch.” In “Shira,” we sing and dance to our favorite BBYO songs with the help of amazing songleaders Eric Hunker, Happie Hoffman, and Kevin Sloan. In the “Rabbi’s Tisch,” the Jewish educators come together to lead singing, chanting, and share stories about Jewish values and morals. On Saturday, we are lucky to get a late wake up and have some time to sleep in. Then, we have the option to participate in whatever service we want, be it a service involving nature, discussion, or meditation. Then, we all join together as one holy community, one k’hilah kedosha, during the torah service. This week, three girls had the opportunity to read from the Torah for the first time and become Bat Mitzvot. It was awesome to be a part of such a special moment for them, and really interesting to see what motivated them to make that big step. After the service, we are able to choose from different electives. The options range from discussions about controversial and popular topics— everything from Instagram likes to “voluntoursim", to reading, to cloud watching. Shabbat at Perlman is a time to connect and spend quality time with everyone. I’m so lucky to be spending a summer filled with amazing experiences like these!

Randi Rubenstein Beth Kadima BBG #639 D.C. Council, Northern Region East

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