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Fifth Grader Reflects on their Class Shabbaton

March 11, 2015 by Jennifer N (’16) (Students)

On Friday, February 27, the forty-four students of the 5th grade class went to Kemp Mill for the annual Shabbaton to experience an Orthodox Shabbat. Several very nice families hosted three to six kids in their homes, which were within a half-mile radius of each other. My host family was very nice and welcoming, especially their two kids. We walked to Kemp Mill Synagogue for Friday night services, that featured a lot of fun singing and dancing that everyone loved. We also attended Shabbat morning services and Shabbat afternoon services (also known as Mincha) at the shul. We had a delicious dinner and lunch at the shul as well. In addition, we did a lot of fun and interesting activities, including performing skits, discussing the Torah portion of the week, and enjoying some free time. The Shabbaton ended with a beautiful Havdalah ceremony at one of our host homes. I enjoyed learning about other traditions from our families and the shul. Everyone had a great time!