Over the weekend of May 25-27, Lubavitch Youth Organization, (LYO), hosted an exciting, new Pegisha Shabbaton in the heart of Crown Heights: “Thrive”.
Focused on learning the art of well-being and relationship success, this Shabbaton provided participants with real-life tools to better themselves, as well as providing an opportunity to meet like-minded Jews from near and far.
Under the auspices of Rabbi Kasriel Kastel and Rebbetzin Leah Klein, the Shabbaton, known by many as “Pegisha”, has been providing learning opportunities for Jews for over 50 years. Recognizing the changing cultural milieu, they have been exploring new ways to engage the 21st century Jew.
“Thrive” delivered. With over 100 participants from across the country and Canada, coming together to study and grow, this was one of the most successful Shabbatons to date.
“It was truly an amazing experience,” said Sarah from Maryland, “We’d been together less than 24 hours, and yet, people were opening up and sharing as if they’d been friends for years.
The sincere engagement of everyone on the Shabbaton created a feeling of unity and warmth that moved and surprised many participants. As Rabbi Yisroel Bernath, a Shliach in Montreal who led the programming observed, “Everyone had this really incredible growth mindset. They were lining up to talk to us.”
“They really wanted tools for change, and I think they found it at our programs” added Rus Devorah Wallen, LCSW, who co-led the weekend and guided participants in Torah-based mindful meditation.
With Farbrengens going into the early hours of the morning and high engagement levels throughout the weekend, it was clear that participants were glad they came.
“It was a fantastic Shabbos,” enthused Gary Waxman from Washington D.C. “The organizers and speakers were wonderful. They encouraged and challenged us, and enabled every person who was there to shine.”
While Yossi, a Dentist from Passaic, NJ remarked, “It was my first time in Crown Heights. It was amazing, warm and caring on every level. The food was great, the lectures were excellent and the Shabbaton guests were very warm.”
Many attendees commented on how inspiring the weekend had been. Aside from the learning, they had the opportunity to daven in the Rebbe’s room and visit the Ohel, which was a spiritual highlight for many.
Lubavitch Youth Organization thanks the Crown Heights families who so graciously hosted participants in their homes.