Reform College Students Attend Shabbaton at Kibbutz

Tuesday, April 1, 2008



On March 14-15, 2008 a group of over 20 Reform college students studying in Israel, accompanied by Kesher-in- Israel interns (HUC-JIR first-year rabbinic students) Lyle Rothman and Callie Souther, attended a Shabbaton at Kibbutz Yahel, one of the first Reform Kibbutzim in Israel. 

The group toured the fields of produce and was able to pick and eat the Pomellos that the Kibbutz grows. They took part in Shabbat services, studied Torah, and were led through a guided meditation in the fields of the Kibbutz. 

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