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Weekend to Remember V- Russian Shabbaton

20/02/2014 - 20 Adar

Inspirational Weekend draws huge crowd

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This past weekend, Chamah, in partnership with LYO, hosted the Fifth Annual National Russian Jewish Shabbaton at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Stamford, Conn. The annual event drew more than 1,000 participants, out of which 300 were children.

Despite snow and sleet dousing the Northeast and much of the country, the Shabbaton, which featured noted speakers and award-winning entertainment was a huge success. The weekend has consistently been full since it was first organized.

Chock full of lectures, workshops and entertainment—featuring both English-language lecturers and Russian ones—the weekend left an indelible mark on many of its attendees, none more than Marina Braverman, who met her husband Alex at the Shabbaton.

“We first met at a Friday-night singles event; that’s where the first connection was made,” describes Braverman, who was attending her second Shabbaton at the time. “We later met again through a rabbi who set us up, but that initial connection was made there.” “We all shared an experience, and even though we all may be on different religious levels—some more and some less—we were all comfortable with each other,” she says.

This Shabbaton brought together three generations: grandparents, who suffered the worst under Soviet oppression; parents, who immigrated here; and children, born here and now free to connect to their faith. Many of the grandparents had tears in their eyes, seeing their descendants so happy to be celebrating their Jewishness. For so many others, the weekend leaves life-long impressions and keeps them coming back.

 

 

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