Meor Spring 13 reunion Shabbaton at the Safier house in Far Rockaway, NY July 26 – 27. REGISTER HERE!
Shabbaton Packing List
|What is a shabbaton?
From Friday evening through Saturday evening, Rutgers students are welcomed into hosts’ homes and participate in an authentic Shabbat experience, replete with food, singing, discussions, and chilling time.
Who are the hosts?
Families in various locations (Highland Park, NJ; Far Rockaway, NY; etc.) request to host students from Rutgers. Besides setting up a guest room for the guests, they also share the Friday night meal together. The types of hosts vary in ages and professions, but all are excited to share a Shabbat with RJXers.
How much does it cost?
Shabbatons are all free for RJXers. Transportation, room and board are provided for the entire weekend.
Do I need to bring my own linen?
No. Hosts will provide you with fully made beds and towels.
“I attended the Shabbaton this weekend, and it was a powerfully enlightening experience. For the first time in my life, I feel as though I’ve had a real introduction to Judaism. The services contained a significance I have not previously understood.”
- Jordan Ledvina
“What a great weekend! While this is my second Shabbatton, the first one having been in Passaic last semester, this was opened my eyes to a whole new perspective. The family I stayed with the Faeur family had seven girls, a father who graduated Rabbinical College, and a lovely mother who made us feel comfortable in her home.
It started with us arriving at the home, and meeting the family. We then ate Kougal before going to Friday Shull…then dinner…then Oneg. On Saturday, I woke up and talked to some of the girls while the family was at Shull (I regret not going actually) and then had lunch at the Lewis’, discussions at another family’s home (with tons of kids that I loved playing with!) and girls only dinner. We got back just in time for the closing of Shabbat, and saw Havdalah, which I’ve never participated in before. It was awesome going to services Friday night. I can honestly say those were the first services I not only sat in (I’ve sat in on services here and there in the past few years) but actually actively paid attention to. I really enjoy sitting at a table with other Jews, and making blessings…talking about nice things (not gossip or junk) and learning the Parsha. All in all a very good weekend!”
- Yelena Shvartz