Registration is open for what is recognized as the biggest event for Russian Jewry in North America, the 6th Annual National Russian Shabbaton, February 20-22, 2015 Rosh Chodesh Adar.
Known as the Weekend to Remember, the event packs Connecticut’s Stamford Plaza Hotel with 1000 participants from all over North America and Canada.
The Shabbaton features over 60 sessions and workshops in both Russian and English, as well as special programs for teens, children, students and singles.
The event unites Jews of Russian heritage at all stages of observance. For many of those in attendance, the Shabbaton is their first formal introduction to Jewish heritage.
“This is an event that is changing lives,” said Rabbi Benzion Laskin, program director. “We are always hearing about participants who were inspired to join their local minyan, keep Shabbos, send their kids to Jewish schools, all because of the strong connection they felt at the Shabbaton.”
The Shabbaton has proven to be a valuable tool for shluchim, and has the participation of shluchim and their communities from sixteen states as well as from Canda, Russia and Ukraine.
This year’s special guests include Israeli singing sensation Gad Elbaz, National Vice-President of the OU Dr. David Luchins, Guy Bavli – The “Master of the Mind,” astounding mentalist and acclaimed international psychic entertainer, Rabbi Levi Y. Garelik, Rabbi of the European Synagogue Ohel Eliezer in Brussels and lecturer of Sichosonline.org, Rabbi Yishaya Gisser – scholar-in-residence of the Steinzaltz Center, Chana Weisberg – popular author, inspirational speaker and editor of thejewishwoman.org, Rabbi Boruch Gorin – Chief Editor of Knizhniki Publishing House and L’chaim Magazine, and Zlata Radonlina – award-winning Israeli composer and singer.
The National Russian Shabbaton is a joint project of Chamah International, headed by Rabbis Hillel Zaltzman, Moshiach Chudaitov and Binyomin Malachovsky and Lubavitch Youth Organization, directed by Rabbi Kasriel Kastel; and has the participation of dozens of shluchim.
Registration takes place online at russianshabbaton.com.