CTEEN Manchester took part in the 10th annual International Shabbaton in New York.
The fastest growing and most diverse Jewish youth organisation in the world hosted the four-day event in the Big Apple, which drew a record-breaking 2,500 participants.
The weekend included a traditional Shabbat experience in the heart of Crown Heights, a chassidic area of Brooklyn, a Torah completion ceremony in Times Square, and the CTeen Choice Awards at Brooklyn’s Pier 12.
It also included guest performances by Jewish rapper Nissim Black and Israeli singer Gad Elbaz. The theme of the Shabbaton was ‘Transcend the Tide’.
The theme aimed to empower teens to overcome the challenges of Jewish identity in public.
The message especially rang true in light of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Stoneman Jewish students Marc Susskind, Maverick Reynolds, Chris Branum and Phoebe O’Mara attended the event with their CTeen rabbi, Shaya Denburg, of Coral Springs, Florida.
“It’s equally humbling and thrilling to know that we gave the teens an unbelievable experience of a Shabbaton on this scale,” said Mushky Cohen, co-director of CTeen Manchester.
“What the teens experienced was unparalleled to any other Jewish event.”