Thursday, July 17, 2008

BeyondBT/SerandEz Shabbaton - Details

Mark Frankel has posted some details about the Shabbaton at the end of a very good post about "Appreciating Our Differences Together". Toward the end:
At the two past Shabbatons we gave everybody the opportunity to speak for a maximum of 10 minutes. In Passaic, somebody commented that this was a brave thing to do given that we hadn’t heard the people speak before- how would we know if they would be good? As it turned out all the speeches were good. Why? Because everybody shared a little about themselves. Not necessarily their “story”, but something personal, something unique, something that let us understand and appreciate them a little better. ...

Some people have asked why we’re doing this Shabbaton jointly with Serandez. The main reason is that participants in both communities* share the common focus of discussing important topics, improving ourselves and improving our communities. That’s the tie that binds and those are the ties we need to continuously strengthen. ...

With that being said, here are some details about the BeyondBT/Serandez Shabbaton:
  • The Shabbaton is being held on Shabbos Nachamu, August 15-16 in Kew Gardens Hills, with the meals being held at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel.
  • The cost of the Shabbos is $50 per person for 3 catered meals, an Oneg Shabbos and a Melava Malka.
  • Family discounts and special situation discounts are available.
  • We will find accommodations for those who live outside of Kew Gardens Hills.
  • Please RSVP us with your email and cell phone at if you are hoping or planning to come so we can plan appropriately. Also email us with any suggestions.
* - "FFB" and "BT".

I really think that a lot of the readers of this blog will get a lot out of coming to this Shabbaton. We wouldn't be a part of it if we hadn't enjoyed it two years ago or if we didn't think we'd gain from it this time as well, and I wouldn't be pitching it here if I didn't think many of you would, too. Whether you live in Kew Gardens Hills and want to join in (y'all know who you are!) or want to come and join us all for Shabbos, we'd love to see you there. I know a lot of you are on the fence about it - come. You'll enjoy it - from the food to the speakers to most importantly, the company.

I'm even considering speaking (!!), which should give you enough to laugh at to last for quite a while, and of course, Elianna & Kayla will be there, too! E-mail Mark or David at or myself at for more information and to sign up.


  1. Errrrrr . . . how is it a BBT/SerandEz shabbaton? You're inviting both audiences? Or something?

    (Sorry, I'm a lil slow on this point)

  2. won't be around for another few weeks....darn!

  3. Apple - Yes, and we're both helping to host (though more them).

  4. I'm even considering speaking

    Earplugs will provided free of charge by the "Snowball Association of Beachwood (formerly of Cleveland Hts.)" in conjunction with the Chevrah Mispalelai Alcove.

  5. I can't believe they are finally letting us share their water fountain!

  6. Special Motzei Shabbos Nachamu Concert starring HATING ON THE WINKIES

  7. Special Motzei Shabbos Nachamu Concert starring HATING ON THE WINKIES

    Honestly, after Apple's comment in the other post, I can only imagine that band as one thing: Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and Toto all on banjos and singing country music about the infamous Winkies.

  8. special guest appearance by tinker bell - she'll sprinkle the audience with winkie-chokey-dust!

  9. Also, this is kinda random but also true, whenever I see/hear FFB, I always think of FFV. I really do. For real.