Sally: This year, the Shabbaton was a great experience! I had so much fun getting to know people, and just spending time with friends. It was a truly relaxing weekend where we didn’t have to worry about homework, school, or anything else going on in our lives. It was a great environment and a great community of people to be with. There was a good energy and I noticed that everyone was getting along and really just wanted to have a good time. The highlight for me, was going down to the lake, and cannoning with two of my friends. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and everyone was having a great time. Most people ended up not wanting to leave the lake when it was time to go. It was a great day and it really started the Shabbaton with a positive outlook. Going back to school, I felt that there were new friendships made, and the school as a whole became much closer.
Libby: I felt that this year the Shabbaton was a great communal experience for the whole school. We were blessed to have great weather while we were there. My favorite part was also going up to the lake. There was really a sense of togetherness and everyone seemed to be having a great time.The next day (Saturday), we had special Tefillah options. I went to guided imagery and yoga. It was a great way to start off the day on a relaxing note. That night, I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave a Dvar Torah. A Dvar Torah is a personal reflection and an analysis of a weekly Torah portion. It felt really great to address the whole community with my thoughts and feelings, and I felt as though everyone was listening and interested in what I had to say.
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