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Jewish Day Schools, Jewish CommunitiesA Reconsideration$
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Alex Pomson and Howard Deitcher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113744

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113744.001.0001

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Shabbatonim as Experiential Education in the North American Community Day High School

Shabbatonim as Experiential Education in the North American Community Day High School

(p.341) Nineteen Shabbatonim as Experiential Education in the North American Community Day High School
Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities

Jeffrey S. Kress

Joseph Reimer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the most common intensive experiential opportunity the new communal and Conservative Jewish day high schools in North America offer — the Shabbaton. The Shabbaton is a retreat focusing on the communal celebration of the sabbath. These Shabbatonim are a distinctive form of experiential Jewish education. Yet despite their widespread implementation and the growth of experiential educational efforts in day schools, they have been given little attention in the educational literature. To address this lack, the chapter draws on experiences in training school-based experiential educators in order to discuss the educational goals of these Shabbaton programmes, the principles of running a successful programme, and the challenges faced by the experiential educators who are charged with planning and implementing these programmes.

Keywords:   Jewish high schools, Shabbatonim, sabbath, experiential education, communal Jewish day schools, Conservative Jewish schools, experiential Jewish education, experiential educators, Shabbaton programmes

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