The LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbaton is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, asexual, queer, pansexual, questioning, and ally Jewish teens. Teens who have never celebrated shabbat or who celebrate shabbat every weekend. Teens who have been out or ally-identified for 5 years, 5 minutes, or who are curious to learn more; teens who go to synagogue once a day, once a year, or once in life; teens who sing, write poetry, organize in youth movements, play sports, garden, blog, knit, or anything else you do. Teens 14-18 or in high school, from across the United States.
Never been to a Shabbaton before? No problem. A Shabbaton is an extended Shabbat retreat weekend. We’ll observe Shabbat in traditional and new ways.
First and foremost, FUN! The Shabbaton is being planned by LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens who are working to create a space that feels like home, where teens can bring their full selves, ask questions, make friends, and build community. We will have some organized learning together, some structured fun, some celebrating of Shabbat, delicious meals, free time, art and music making, and sharing our stories.
Keshet is pleased to host Shabbaton gatherings for LGBTQ and ally teens on both the East and West Coast. Keshet charges a modest registration fee ($36, and $18 for early registrants) for the Shabbaton and subsidizes the remaining program costs, with additional, limited scholarship funds available to assist participants with travel costs.
To ensure we make this incredible experience available to as many teens as possible, we encourage teens to register for the Shabbaton that is geographically closer to their home:
Attending a Shabbaton in your region will also make it easier for you to reconnect with your friends afterwards. No matter which Shabbaton you attend, we promise you an amazing weekend filled with friendly people, interesting activities and fascinating conversations, and a vibrant and diverse community of LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens and educators from around the country!
We are excited to have a limited number of need-based travel scholarships available to teens who otherwise would not be able to attend the Shabbaton. Partial and full travel subsidies will be available on a first come first served basis, awarded after the early registration deadline.
Teens will be housed in comfortable, heated, beautiful rooms, 2-3 participants to a room.
Shabbaton registration will include a space for participants to request whether they want to room with people of the same gender or no preference. In all aspects of programming and housing, we respect participants’ gender identities. Participants will also be able request if they want to room with people of similar Shabbat observances. You can request to room with a friend and we will do our best to meet housing requests, but cannot guarantee all roommate requests will be met.
Shabbat will be restful, celebratory, exciting, and joyful. We will be coming together as a pluralistic community of Jews from a variety of practices. In order to create a welcoming space for all participants, we’ll ask for Shabbat-observant group spaces (no gadgets). We will have multiple options for prayer and celebration of Shabbat on Friday night and Saturday morning.
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