By Chabad Youth Network
With descriptions of “fantastic retreat” and “life-altering experience,” Chabad Youth Network of Ontario, directed by Rabbi Shmuli Nachlas, has wrapped up its 2010 New York Shabbaton for nearly 100 high-school students from Toronto, Markham, Niagara and Montreal Chai Centre, impacting teens with an unforgettable and inspiring weekend in the Big Apple.
Highlights of the trip included shopping on Canal Street, the never-dimming lights of Times Square, a visit to Madame Toussaud’s famous Wax Museum, and an amazing sight-seeing tour of Battery Park.
The teens then converged on Crown Heights late Friday afternoon to experience an uplifting Shabbos hosted by the gracious Chabad community, including a visit to 770, Havdala at Chabad at Cordozo, and followed by a Motzei Shabbos performance by illusionist Marc Garfinkle.
Finally, on Sunday morning the exuberance turned solemn with a highly-charged spiritual trip to the Rebbe’s Ohel—for many, the most emotional experience of the entire Shabbaton.
CYN extends a hearty thank you to Rabbi Yossi Jacobson for his inspirational talks to the teens, Moshe Pinson and the entire crew of Bais Shmuel for their outstanding hospitality throughout Shabbos, the Gutnicks from Montgomery Street, our annual breakfast hosts, Rabbi Naftali Rosenstreich of Chabad of Gramercy Park for arranging a morning reception, and Rabbi Chezky Wolff of Chabad at Cordozo.
Finally, on behalf of all the teens who benefitted from this inspiring and uplifting weekend, a big Yasher Koach is extended to all the Crown Heights families that have opened their warm homes and made the teens feel so welcome.
Photos: Chaim Perl