January 28-31, 2021
Hadar is thrilled to announce a virtual alumni Shabbaton from January 28th to 31st, 2021. In this time of physical distance, it’s more important than ever to offer an alternative space for alumni to experience renewed connection and relationship.
The virtual alumni Shabbaton is an opportunity to gather together and share our collective Torah, prayer, and friendship, all the while acknowledging the challenges of our unique situation.
Some favorite alumni events, like Saturday-night Beit Café, will carry over from past Shabbatonim. Others, like cohort reunions and pre-Shabbat singing with Rising Song fellows, are made easier by Zoom. On Shabbat itself, a collection of divrei torah by alumni and faculty, and a Shabbat gift basket will remind us that we’re still so much in each other’s minds and hearts, though we sit down for meals in our own homes.
Realizing the difficulties of screen time, we invite alumni to join us for all or part of the Shabbaton, even if only a single session. Participation is free, and all registrants that sign up by the deadline of Monday, January 4 will receive a special gift from Hadar.
The schedule is still in progress and subject to change but here are some highlights in the works:
(All Times are Eastern)
Thursday, January 28th
7:00-7:25 PM: Welcome
7:30-8:10 PM: Alumni Shiurim and Workshops (Including Home Challah-Baking with Avery Robinson!)
8:15-9:00 PM: Cohort Reunions
Friday, January 29th
2:30-3:00 PM: Kickoff Shiur with Faculty (R. Aviva)
3:00-3:30 PM: Pre-Shabbat Singing with Alumni
Saturday, January 30th
8:30-8:55 PM: Faculty Shiur and Havdalah (R. Eitan)
9:00-10:30 PM: Beit Café & Kumzits, Breakout Room “Lobby”
Sunday, January 31st
10:00-10:25 AM: Optional Learning With Your Hadar Havruta or a Friend
10:30-11:00 AM: Closing Faculty Teaching (R. Elie)
11:00-11:30 AM: Hadar Updates with Q&A
11:30 AM-12:00 PM: Alumni Initiatives Board Introduction with Q&A
“God is Close to All Those Who Call”
Within this long moment of separation, we’ll explore the theme of closeness together, experiencing the ways in which Torah, song, nourishment, and conversation can bring us closer to each other and to God.
Listen to Batya Levine's Karov below for a musical pairing to this year's theme.
Sharing Shabbat Torah - in our homes and on zoom!
Participants in North America will receive a tangible way to celebrate our shabbat together - including hardcopy Shabbat Drashot for kabbalat Shabbat and Seudah Shelishit from R. Avi S and R. Avital, and alumni Divrei Torah for meals. We also hope to hear many more of your voices sharing Torah throughout the weekend via our online platform - you can express your interest on the registration page.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Shabbaton?
The Shabbaton programming runs from the evening of Thursday, January 28th to the morning of Sunday, January 31st. A full schedule with Zoom links for each individual session will be sent out to registrants.
Will any programming take place over Shabbat?
All virtual programming will take place outside of Shabbat, whether you’re on the East or West Coast. (Those of you in Israel can still join Sunday’s programs.)
We’ll be providing a booklet of alumni and faculty parsha insights for all of us to enjoy over Shabbat (including a parsha-specific recipe for those who’d like to cook beforehand!) Those who register on time will also receive a special gift.
How much does the Shabbaton cost?
The Shabbaton is free of charge. (But not free to run, so please consider making a donation in honor of the occasion: https://www.hadar.org/donate).
Am I expected to attend all events in the Shabbaton?
No. Spending time on Zoom can be taxing, especially on weekends, and so we understand that not all alumni will join us for every event.
Will the virtual Shabbaton try to replicate the in-person experience?
We recognize that the virtual Shabbaton can’t be a perfect substitute for our in-person gatherings, and our schedule reflects that difference in more contained event times and creative alternatives. At the same time, we do aim to continue classic events like Beit Café, a closing shiur and organizational update.
I have more questions. How can I find out more?
Email Allen Lipson at [email protected] with any questions at all.