Posted on 07/28/2012 @ 11:00 PM
Shabbat is a unique experience away from home. Traditions are respected in old and new ways that can redefine the way we view our own Shabbats and the Shabbats we lead in our regions. Impact: Chicago gave us, as teens, a chance to lead our own services, while centering the focus on what we found to be important as we learned through service. Three service options were offered by the Saturday Shabbat committee; a traditional service based around Stand Up!, a meditation Shabbat, and “It’s all Interpretive (Dance)” service. I lead the interpretive dance Shabbat. We danced to songs around the story of the seven days of creation and recited traditional prayers as well as those of Kabbalah Judaism. We connected through mind, body, and spirit finding the things that inspire us the most on the day of rest. Most of all, I feel like we all found a way to look within and take a breather and discover Shabbat for ourselves. Though only one Shabbat we get to experience here in Chicago, it had meaning far greater. I was so glad that to spend Shabbat with my new friends and new-found love for interpretation.
With Undying Love for Impact Chicago 2012, The Gan Project, Philanthropy, and the wonderfully magical city of Chicago, I remain,
Zoey Rosen, Los Angeles.