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Annual Russian Shabbaton Attracts 1,000
A joint idea by CHAMAH and Lubavitch Youth Organization has become a yearly tradition, with cloes to 1,000 Jews of Russian descent participating in a uplifting Shabbaton in the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Connectitut ● The organizers told Chabad.info
: "If you ask us how the Shabbaton was - it cannot be descrived in words. The Gemara says that whomever did not see Simchas Beis Hashoeiva - never saw happiness in his life; we can say that whomever did not see this Shabbaton - never saw a Shabbaton"
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3 Adar 5772 (26.02.2012)
A joint idea by CHAMAH and Lubavitch Youth Organization (Rabbi Kasriel Kastel) has become a yearly tradition, with cloes to 1,000 Jews of Russian descent participating in a uplifting Shabbaton in the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Connectitut.
Early Friday afternoon, a team of five people greeted the participants, giving them a package with the Shabbaton program, and various informational booklets in Russian. Along with the room key, they also got a Kosher chocolate...
The children were entertained by a clown, and watched a premiere screening of the newest Purim video, created by R' Moshe Khusid. Then 25 counselors arrived to keep the children entertained for the rest of the Shabbos, so their parents can discover more of their heritage.
The women greeted the Shabbos by lighting candles with Rebbetzins Doba Levin from Kensington (Flatbush), and Tanya Malachovsky from Crown Heights.
The unexpected size of the crowd left the organizers unprepared, so they split the group into three Minyanim. One beginners Minyan, one advanced Minyan, and one Bucharian Minyan. Three renowned Chazanim inspired the crowd: Rabbi Berel Zaltzman, Rabbi David Babinert and Cantor Grisha Tzatzkes.
Rabbi Hillel Zaltzman addressed the crowd, mentioning that the Shabbaton is in memory of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, wife of the Rebbe, and saying that each and every one of the participants should thank the Rebbe for these activities and many more undertaken by the Rebbe to keep the flame of Russian Judaism alive.
He concluded by thanking Rabbi Bentzion Laskin, from Chamah who spent months preparing the Shabbaton; Mrs. Chedva Federman who organized many aspects of the Shabbaton; to Mrs. Chana Zaltzman (wife of Rabbi Efraim Zaltzman) who arranged the children's program along with the Head Counselor Chana Griff.
On Motzoei Shabbos the men participated in a performance by the Rambam orchestra, and the women had a concert by songwriter and performer Zlata Razdolina.
The organizers told Chabad.info: "If you ask us how the Shabbaton was - it cannot be descrived in words. The Gemara says that whomever did not see Simchas Beis Hashoeiva - never saw happiness in his life; we can say that whomever did not see this Shabbaton - never saw a Shabbaton."
Chamah would like to thank the following people who made the Shabbaton a reality:
Rebbetzin Sarah Rodkin for baking all the Challos for Shabbos
Rabbi Bentzion Laskin (Chamah - New York)
Mrs. Esther Segal from Israel
Rebbetzin Sarah Mendelsohn.
Rabbi Dovid Okunov (FREE - Brighton Beach) who directed the teenager program.
Rabbi Moshe Chaim & Doba Levin (Chabad of Kensington (Flatbush).
Rabbi Kasriel Kastel (Lubavitch Youth Organization)
Rabbi Chaim & Rivkah Brikman (Chabad of Seagate)
Rabbi Eli & Tonya Kogan (Chabad for Russian Jews - Staten Island)
Rabbi Dovid Karpov (Chamah - Moscow).
Rabbi Boruch Lepkivker (Bris Avrohom - New Jersey).
Mrs. Batya Chudaitov (wife of Rabbi Moshiach Chudaitov - Chamah)
Rebbetzin Sarah Dubov.
Rebbetzin Shterna Kanelsky (wife of Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky - Bris Avrohom, New Jersey).
Rabbi Sholomo Naginsky who spoke about Shiduchim.
And last but not least, Rabbi Yisroel Deren, the Shliach to Stamford, Connecticut.