Brondesbury Park holds largest ever United Synagogue residential Shabbaton
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Thursday 21st May 2015

Brondesbury Park Synagogue last weekend held the biggest residential Shabbaton in United Synagogue history, with 238 members from the community, encompassing 55 families, spending an inspiring and memorable Shabbat at Wokefield Park Hotel in Berkshire. 

Part funded by the Chief Rabbi's Centre for Rabbinic Excellence (CRE), and the United Synagogue's Living and Learning Programme and featuring input from guest lecturers Rabbi Malcolm Herman of SEED and Rabbi Yitz Sandler, the packed weekend programme included a Friday night Oneg Farbrengen, break-out learning sessions linked to the weekend's overall theme of 'connections', a Brondesbury v Brondesbury 20-a-side football match, and culminated in a spiritually-charged musical havdallah. 

 

A team of 21 Madrichim and Madrichot along with nannies, were on-hand to ensure that the large cohort of the community's younger members were well looked-after and fully engaged, through discussion groups, sports activities, a youth BBQ and a night trek. 

Brondesbury Park's Rabbi Baruch Levin said: "The Shabbaton was the realisation of a dream in the making for five years. The atmosphere was absolutely electric from beginning to end spurred on by a sense of communal ruach and positive Shabbat energy which was palpable throughout.  People have been genuinely moved by this experience and we look forward to using it as a building block to add meaning and depth to the community’s continued growth in Yiddishkeit."