MSH: Magnificent Shabbaton was Heart-stopping!
Midreshet Shalhevet’s ‘event-of the-year’ took place Shabbat Parashat Noach at Camp Seneca Lake. The student body, along with alumni and faculty, joined together for the annual Shabbaton. We kicked Shabbaton off with an amazing event run by Coach and G.O. which allowed the whole school to “travel” to eight different countries before becoming immersed in this year’s theme of “Around the World in 180 Days”. Everyone participated and had an amazing time. “Shabbaton was so fun! I really got to learn more about all the girls in my grade in so many ways,” said freshman Shira Eliav. Shabbat kicked off with a beautiful Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat led by the madrichot, and Ma’ariv. Before dinner, Menahelet Mrs. Esther Eisenman welcomed everyone with a heartfelt, inspirational d’var Torah. Junior Eliana Hirsch gave a dvar Torah during dinner, followed by learning sessions with topics including; Going Against the Tide,
What Makes Judaism So Special, Around the World [to Come]: How to Get Into the World to Come, and Ticket for One: Leaving the Rest of the World Behind.
At the open forum tisch, the panel of Mrs. Eisenman, Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss, Rabbi Ariel Rosensweig, Mrs. Shira Glas, and Mrs. Hindy Feder answered a host of different Torah-based questions. Rabbi Shalom Glas even lent his opinion on some of the questions! Shabbat morning began with a beautiful Rosh Chodesh davening and d’var Torah from Rabbi Elie Feder. Following an outdoor Kiddush in the unbelievably pleasant weather, each grade participated in another learning session with a limudei kodesh teacher with topics including; Was Destroying the World Really Necessary, Shabbos Around the World, People Around the World, and Where you Land; Navigating the World after Graduation.
After the enlightening sessions, we sat down for lunch and a dvar Torah from senior Sarah Austin. As Shabbat came to a close, everyone joined together for seudat shlishit. After a dvar Torah from senior Hayley Tanzman, which led into a beautiful kumzits, we were fortunate to hear (and sing along with) Havdalah made by by Mr. Moshe Seewald and Mr. Robert Zeitz. It was the perfect ending to an amazing Shabbat. “I felt so close to all the girls as we were singing and swaying together. The experience was so incredible,” shared freshman Nesya Cohen.
Melaveh malkah at the MSH Shabbaton is probably one of the most exciting events on the school calendar! The ruach carried over from Shabbat, as everyone made their way to the gym and started the festivities with a G.O. activity that went wrong, turning into an enthusiastic silly string war. After the games, the students changed into costumes from countries around the world such as Greek, Mexican, French, and Scottish. The entire weekend was filled with zemirot, ruach, and achdut among all the girls. MSH is incredibly grateful to everyone who was instrumental in making the Shabbaton successful: Coach Ilona Diamond; G.O. president Sarah Austin, G.O. members Aviva Marmer, Becky Haviv, Jackie Kramer, and Lital Davidov; alumni madrichot Malka Marmer (MSH ‘14), Noa Eliach, Tamar Yastrab, and Bella Weiss (MSH ‘16); and especially to our generous sponsors.