Last weekend, the Weber community gathered for its much-anticipated annual event: Shabbaton. Over 270 students and faculty members ventured to Camp Ramah Darom, participating in a weekend filled with spiritual, artistic, and athletic activities. The joyful Shabbat experience fostered love, laughter, and friendships as students and faculty actively engaged with each other in an unplugged environment, free from the demands of everyday life.
This year, the Shabbaton saw some exciting new additions, including the involvement of Weber senior and Shabbaton co-captain Lilly Levy, who played a crucial role in organizing logistics for the event. Lilly's leadership and dedication ensured a smooth and memorable experience for all participants.
Two notable Weber alumni also attended. Rosie Grinzaid (Class of 2010), Associate Director of Student Social and Emotional Support, was available to offer her guidance and support to students throughout the weekend. Her husband, Dr. Ben Grinzaid, another proud Weber alum from the Class of 2011, served as the on-site doctor, ensuring the health and well-being of all attendees.
Shabbaton programming continued to shine with various activities, such as the cherished “Divrei Senior.” During this event, students gathered after meals to listen to words of advice and encouragement from graduating seniors. The spirited basketball tournament was another highlight, brimming with ruach (spirit) and friendly trash-talking. And, of course, “The Word” talent show returned, featuring an array of talented student and faculty performers.
The 2023 Shabbaton exemplified Weber's vibrant school community, as grade-level distinctions were set aside and students and faculty connected outside the classroom. The involvement of alums, a dedicated student co-captain, and an array of activities made this year's Shabbaton a great one and remains one of Weber's most beloved and enduring traditions.
A heartfelt thank you to Director of Student Programming and Leadership Michelle Geppert, who organized this year's Shabbaton programming and logistics, with additional thanks and gratitude to our faculty Shabbaton attendees and chaperones: Rise Arkin, Sheri Arotchas, Will Ashby, Anthony Baker, Danny Bayless, Elizabeth Behar-Powell, Cathey Chapman, Chris Chapman, Hannah Chapple, Riley Clark, Drew Cohen, Pamela Cohen, Jordan Crawford, Rob Dale, Melissa Drish, Paul Ginburg, Rabbi Ed Harwitz, Tasha Humphrey, Rosie Grinzaid, Ben Grinzaid, Jason Keene, Andrea Johnston, Laura Klingensmith, Adam Mayer, Michael McCullough, Rebecca McCullough, Alex McIntyre, Charlie McQuade, Olajuwon Meadows, Rachel Miller, Adna Muliawan, Herschel Revzin, Zachary Rich, Nicole Rodriguez, Rachel Rothstein, Moshe Sokol, and Shlaina Van Dyke.