FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. — Keshet will be holding an LGBTQ and ally teen Shabbaton for ages 14-18 from April 4-6 in partnership with the Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, 116 Johnson Rd.

This unique event is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, asexual, queer, pansexual, questioning and ally Jewish teens. More importantly, it embraces everyone no matter how observant they may be.

A Shabbaton is a weekend-long gathering that includes Jewish education, Sabbath celebration, fun, camaraderie and more. At this event, attendees will be encouraged to spend time in art or music-making projects, as well as be open to sharing their stories with others.

At the close of the event, participants will have the opportunity to commit to working for great inclusion in schools, synagogues and youth movements.

Welcoming and affirming Jewish congregations in the Carolinas, such as Asheville, Congregation Beth Ha Tephilia and Congregation Beth Israel; Charlotte, Havurat Tikvah and Temple Beth El; and Chapel Hill, Kehillah Synagogue, and others are encouraged to send their youth to this event.

Early bird registration is $18 for all programs if completed by Jan. 31, 2014. Afterward it rises to $36 until Feb. 28, 2014. Glatt Kosher meals and housing are included. Parents are required to sign a permission form, as well as provide their medical consent for treatment. Travel scholarship assistance is available on a limited-needs basis.

Sponsors for the event include Hazon, UJA Federation of New York, B’nai Brith Youth Organization, National Federation of Temple Youth, United Synagogue Youth, Camp JRF and J-Serve.

info: keshetonline.org.


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