10 Dec Singing Together, at the Shabbaton
One of my favorite Schechter events is the annual Shabbaton. This is an all-grade, family weekend at a camp in upstate New York right before the end of school. The Shabbaton is very special and meaningful to me and most of my grade.
The most memorable part of the Shabbaton is the Saturday night Havdalah service. Everyone comes together and gathers in a big circle for the final moments of Shabbat. After Havdalah, there is a giant campfire with s’mores and singing. For many years, my mom, Jane Rosenberg, has put together a packet of song lyrics from great American songs (mostly from the 1960s and 70s) to sing during the campfire. Because this past year was my last Shabbaton, I decided that I too would make a song list, along with my mother’s, of songs I wanted to sing. Lead by Ben Mann on his guitar, we sang the songs my mom and I had put together. It was so powerful having all my friends around me, and their families around them, singing together. In that moment, I felt the strong sense of community that is so much a part of Schechter Manhattan.
–Sydney Tepner attended Schechter Manhattan from kindergarten through 8th grade with her twin sister, Remy. Sydney graduated in 2015 and now attends Trevor Day School.