Strengthening Community at Our Shabbaton

April 07, 2017
Ariana West

Dear Parents,

Our community continued to strengthen as 32 Day School families came together for the first ADAT Day School Shabbaton last Friday. With the ECC simultaneously holding their Shabbaton at Camp Ramah that weekend, it was quite an incredible showing of ADAT families.

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 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 held Kabbalat Shabbat services, took a family hike to the treehouse and beyond, participated in the ropes course, swam in the Olympic-sized pool and water slides, made spice bags, celebrated Havdalah, and closed with an art project.

Beyond the activities and fun, perhaps the best part of the weekend was the feeling – that intangible something that we knew would happen when our community came together. We have already begun to plan for next year and hope for even greater participation.  The families who attended had a truly special experience.  Check out some of the comments from our Day School families who attended:

“It was a wonderful and impactful experience for the whole family. I truly feel relaxed and energized. I loved being a part of this memorable event.”

“The freedom that the kids had with the combination of togetherness with their family was great! The mix of activities for parents and kids was the perfect amount. I loved the shabbat morning service with Zachary and the woman I think her name was Naomi – the interactive activities she did were super fun.”

“My husband had never been to Havdalah before, and boy, did this set the bar high!”

“Thank you for allowing our community to enjoy such a special weekend at Camp Ramah. It was truly a magical time for both parents and kids and such a special community builder. Our family would love to be part of such a great weekend again.”

I am thrilled to share that you will not have to wait as long for the next Shabbaton, as we have already set dates for the next two years. Save-the-date now for December 8-10, 2017! We hope you will join us. In the meantime, thank you again for your enthusiastic participation and an extra special thank you to our donors who so generously supported our School’s commitment to bringing community together in this way.

I am so grateful to have shared in our School’s first Shabbaton with all of you.

Shabbat Shalom & Chag Kasher V’Sameach,

Jodi

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