“Emes,” the theme of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls’ Shabbaton, resonated throughout the weekend of March 2. Held at the beautifully furnished Villa Roma Hotel in upstate New York, the Shabbaton was filled with fabulous ruach and meaningful experiences. Friday night’s panel of ba’alei teshuvah clearly attested to the emes of Torah, as each speaker narrated her path to Torah Judaism and the changes to her life. The impact of the evening was felt for days afterwards, as students and faculty members discussed how inspirational the speakers were.
Is telling the truth challenging? On Shabbos afternoon, the seniors presented “The Hard Truth Café,” featuring different scenarios of when and if to tell the truth. A spirited melaveh malkah and the annual SKA talent show followed Havdalah, rounding out an amazing Shabbos!
With the difficulties caused by Hurricane Sandy , this year’s Shabbaton required extra effort on the part of Rabbi Yosef Zakutinsky, SKA director of programming, and his wonderful assistants, Mrs. Yafa Storch and Aliza Schwartzblatt. Many thanks go to them and to Mrs. Helen Spirn, head of school; Rabbi Jeff Rothman, principal, grades 9–10; and Dr. Tzipora Meier, principal, grades 11–12, for making this an incredibly inspiring weekend. Thank-you to all the additional administrators, teachers, and madrichot who gave up a weekend with their families to join the SKA family. Each SKA student who attended the Shabbaton at Villa Roma really enhanced this Shabbos! v