Shabbat Shalom Y’all

Keith Kalinsky, Big Apple Region, IC 2017 Press Corps

Keith Kalinsky, Big Apple Region, IC 2017 Press Corps

By Sarah Swartz, Lake Ontario Region, IC 2017 Press Corps  

Shabbat is meant to be spent with family, and it was so special to spend Shabbat with my BBYO family from home and abroad. We started off Shabbat with Friday night services. I attended a Zen Shabbat service, which gave participants a sense of calm in the midst of a hectic week. We talked about our favourite ways to relax, which reinvigorated participants for the second half of IC. After services,  we had a traditional Friday night dinner - if you consider a Shabbat dinner with 2,500 people, traditional. I attended a special Shabbat dinner for high school seniors, where we celebrated our last Shabbat dinner at International Convention, and looked forward to continuing our involvement in the Jewish community on post-secondary campuses. To finish off Friday night, we attended Onegs to celebrate Shabbat, which ranged from song sessions to arts and crafts - there was even a rodeo! Saturday morning, we attended more Shabbat services to start off a busy day of Limmud sessions. I went to a Twitter service, where participants learned about the importance of social media in activism and self-expression. Celebrating Shabbat is always my favourite part of a BBYO convention, and this time was no exception. To see Jews from all over the world celebrate Shabbat in unison was such a beautiful and fun experience, which engaged and excited all participants.