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SHABBATON for Sport Families

"What were you doing at the weekend 21-23 June?"

If even in a few months, fifty participants of Shabbaton are asked about it, they will answer with confidence and, most of all, with one accord, "Cool rested in Vadu lui Voda with our friends!"

The first family Shabbaton was organized by the JCC in conjunction with the Branch of the Jewish sports society "Maccabi" in Moldova and its President Jacob Ackerman. It coincided with youth club "Haverim" gathering preparing for a trip to the Hungarian Jewish camp "Szarvas." And in carrying out Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat meals and Avdalah two camps united, to put into practice the fundamental principle of the Jewish tradition, "from generation to generation."

The program of the Shabbaton included master-classes of Krav-maga, football, table tennis, swimming and principles of Kashrut. Cultural program, songs, dances, getting new friends, discussions created family atmosphere. Special attention caused meeting with Vladimir Tsinkler, former professional football players, one of the best forwards in FSU in 1960s and 1970s.

At the close of the two-day program participants were awarded diplomas, gifts and asked to write reviews of their wishes and concerns. Some of quotations are:

"Shabbaton flew like a flash".
"Got so much new knowledge in mind and had fun!"
"The program of Shabbaton was constructed so that everybody received something useful and participated in many sport and Jewish activities".
"Sport Shabbaton is a great idea. It should be continued ".