Shabbos on Machaneh

By Jeffrey Gutman, Rosh Chinnuch 2023

As Machaneh draws closer, preparations for the year’s big event ramp up. One of the major parts of Machaneh that everyone looks forward to is Shabbos so we thought we’d tell all those who haven’t experienced a Shabbos on Machaneh exactly what we do on Friday and Saturday. 

Starting early Friday evening, each shichva has a chance to reflect on the week that passed by hosting a Shabbos event for their own shichva. This involves telling the story of the parasha for that week, hosting an awards ceremony, singing Shabbos songs and allowing the channichim to reflect on what they’ve learned and experienced that week.

Following that, each channich has the opportunity to attend a service of their choice such as an Orthodox service, a Reform service, Shabbos through text (analysing seminal texts on the Sabbath and parashot), and a cultural service. After enjoying the services, we all gather on Kikar Rabin – the main centre of the campsite – and feast together on a delicious shabbos meal. 

The festivities continue on Saturday, when a Shabbos brocha is held, consisting of delicious pastries and breakfast foods. Following that, two sessions of limmudim are held in the morning and afternoon. We manage to get world-class speakers to host talks, ranging from ex-madrichim, rabbis and international guests talking on specialist topics. Finally, in the evening, we end Shabbos with Havdalah on Kikar, which consists of a massive dance party where everyone can just let loose and kick off the week with old-fashioned fun and dance. 

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