The Jewish Girls Winter Retreat, directed by Rabbi Avraham and Nechama Laber, took place at a resort in Lake George, NY for four days last weekend.
60 campers from all backgrounds came from as far as California and as close as Albany, NY to participate. There were some girls who experienced their first real Shabbos at the retreat.
The retreat focused on the theme: “Dream it Real”. On Shabbos, campers were taught the secrets to achieving their dreams by a panel of extraordinary women.
They were Chaya Mindel Way and Samara Harris, counselors who chose to keep Mitzvot while studying in a secular school, Chana Atara Madvig, the camp’s head chef and a Shlucha who chose to convert to Judaism and Leah Caras, who published YALDAH magazine as a young girl.
After Shabbos, the girls enjoyed a “LIVE from JGR” celebration with virtual guest singer, Chaya-Bracha Rubin, who explained the inspiration behind her theme song, “Nothing Stands in the Way of Will.” Lyrics include the words “with Heaven’s help your dreams will be fulfilled, make your cup, it’s waiting to be filled.” The inspiration and connections made at the Winter Retreat will continue to blossom through Jewish Girls Unite online classes and celebrations.
(Click to view recording for women & girls of our 2nd Virtual Celebration: http://room613.adobeconnect.com/p64j7kodlph/.)
After a fun Tzedakah auction, where many girls won gifts, everyone formed a circle for a special candle lighting ceremony.
Golda, from Saratoga Springs, NY lit a candle and spoke: “We all got a gift tonight. We received the gift of enjoying time together at the Jewish Girls Retreat. When I go home, I’m going to use my siddur and pray more.”
Among all the girls who spoke about their experience, Chana Alyza said, ” I learned that you can accomplish your dreams.” Audrey added, “One of the things I learned is that when you have a dream you have to let other people in because you never know what they can contribute to it and if you do it yourself you can only give the scope of what you have.”
“Throughout the retreat, we reflected on our personal dreams to change the world which will lead us to our collective dream, a world of redemption.. a world of peace,” said Nechama Laber.
For more information about the Jewish Girls Summer Retreat, visit www.jewishgirlsretreat.net