Our Annual Shabbaton – 45 Families Strong!
Our community continued to strengthen as 45 Day School families came together for our 2nd Annual ADAT Day School Shabbaton last Friday. Last year, we brought 32 families together at Camp Ramah, so with 13 more families this year, the ADAT spirit was even more powerful!
Our goal was to create a weekend that brought the community together in a casual environment – in ways that were both familiar and that were outside of one’s comfort zone and atypical. With the backdrop of the beautiful Ojai Valley, our families had an opportunity to hang out with long time friends, meet new ones, and have some quality time with their own families. We braided challah, held Kabbalat Shabbat services, took a family hike with the Camp Director, Rabbi Joe Menashe, played kids versus parents soccer, swam in the Olympic-sized pool and water slides, played GIANT games, celebrated Havdalah, and closed with fun taste and smell activities and Tikkun Olam projects to help the post-Thomas Fire Ojai/Ventura community. Our evening activities for kids and parents were a highlight with bingo, karaoke, and a talent show.
Beyond the activities and fun, perhaps the best part of the weekend was that special magic that happens at camp. The setting, the break from routine, the shared experience, and the fresh air bring out the fun and serenity we often need to “escape” to feel. We are ever-grateful to our generous donors who helped fund this memorable weekend, and to the families who sponsored and led parts of our Shabbaton. Here are just a couple of the comments from our Day School families who attended:
“Thank you SO much for allowing so many of us to come together for this lovely weekend. It was a spectacular community event, on a gorgeous campus, with all of our needs addressed, and a much-needed getaway. We appreciate you very much.”
“Thank you to ADAT for an awesome and memorable Shabbaton 2018. Was lovely to spend time with friends and family in beautiful Ojai. Something that I know my children will remember for years to come.”
Save-the-Date in your family calendar now for our 3rd Annual Day School Family Shabbaton: October 12-14, 2018.