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Shabbat at Kallah

Posted on 07/27/2014 @ 11:21 AM

Shabbat has always been one of my favorite aspects about Judaism, especially in BBYO. At the beginning of Kallah we chose different Shabbat programmatic committees and really made this Shabbat about us, the Kallah community. Before Shabbat we got to take photos in the small quad with old and new friends, capturing the moment to ensure we never forget how amazing Shabbat was. After that we had participant led menorah lighting and Kabbalat Shabbat, which helped us welcome Shabbat to our camp. We then celebrated with a delicious Shabbat dinner that encouraged everyone to sit with new people based on similar traits, I sat at the wisdom table with a variety of old and new people. We finished the night with our first separates that increased the brotherhood among all the participants.

The next morning the Shabbat atmosphere of the previous night continued. I, along with many others, decided to keep Shomer Shabbat, staying away from all technology to immerse myself in Kallah. During the day, we were able to attend a variety of services and electives, furthering our connection to different aspects of Judaism while having fun. We then had an extra long Shabbat free time where we could meet new people, ask questions to staff, play sports, or just hang out and relax around camp. That night we got an amazing opportunity to talk to a panel of our Jewish educators. This allowed us to ask a variety of questions to the many Jewish educators that we had connected to in the past week. Finally, our communal Havdallah brought everyone together once again to celebrate the closing of Shabbat and the beginning of the next week.

Nathaniel Bernstein Great Midwest Region

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