The first SoCalJewish Student Services Shabbaton, created together with Hillel of Orange COunty an beach Hillel, which was a monumental success. 50+ students from six colleges (Irvine, Long Beach, Long Beach City, Orange Coast, Chapman, Fullerton) filled our dining room for hours, with singing, great food, inspiring words and late into the night conversation.
Many of the students had never been to a family-style traditional Sabbath meal and had many questions about all aspects of the evening. The SoCal JSS Shabbaton was the result of three weeks of work with both Hillel of Long Beach and Orange County. It took a hours of promotion, hundreds of emails, logistics, planning, and cooking. Rachel deserves huge credit for catering the entire thing.
Now that we have done the first one of this magnitude and coordination, the rest will be a piece of cake! We even had a learners service, with Carlebach style singing and dancing for an hour before the meal began. The students said they had never experienced such a shabbos, and my only worry is that they will want to all come every week!