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Shabbaton Ruach

Ruti Tsour '21

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The Shabbat of October 20th was one to remember. Filled with ruach and enthusiasm, the school Shabbaton this year was a blast. The amazing weekend started after seventh period on Thursday the 18th. Student council played a senior video and a teacher kahoot that got us pumped for the rest of the weekend. After we got on the buses, we arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, got our keys, and ran to our rooms. We were excited to begin the unforgettable weekend. Thursday night was full of festivities: a mentalist, mishmar, swimming, a movie, and karaoke, which resulted in a spontaneous dance party. Nobody wanted to go to sleep! On Friday, we took a trip to Chelsea Piers for rock climbing, ice skating, trampolines and more. Although everything until this point was amazing, nothing compared to Shabbat itself. After the entire school took pictures outside, we went into the ballroom for pre-Shabbat ruach. A new addition to the Shabbaton, pre-Shabbat ruach was definitely a success. “It added so much excitement going into Shabbat because everyone was dancing and cheering, which we usually only do after Shabbat. It was really nice to see all the grades come together to dance on Erev Shabbat even before the bonding had really begun” said Aliza Cohn, 2021.  A beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat was led by the Ma’ayanotes, the school choir, which was followed by Ma’ariv and dinner. After dinner and sessions, an incredible tisch was led by the tisch committee and the college fellows. “It was so inspiring to share the beautiful singing and Divrei Torah with the entire school,” said Elisheva Raskas, 2021. When the night came to a clase, we all went back to our rooms to have a good night sleep before the wonderful day ahead. We woke up, davened, had kiddush, sessions, lunch, and menucha. A meaningful slow shira was led by the Seniors, while the entire school came together to sing in harmony and acknowledge the power of unison. “When we started singing all together nothing else mattered, and everyone sang as one with so much achdut and kavana” said Atara Tarlow, 2022. Shabbat came to an end with an exciting havdalah filled with ruach. Havdalah went into a Melava Malka with amazing food, dancing, and music for the entire school. The DJ, lights, and singing made the night so perfect that no one wanted to leave! “The Melave Malka brought me together with my peers, and really made me feel connected to Ma’ayanot as a whole. Being able to sing and dance with everyone was an amazing experience that I will never forget” exclaimed Allie Weinberger, 2020. I know I speak for the entire school when I say that we cannot wait for Shabbaton 2019!

 

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