We Need Your Input for the First Beyond BT Shabbaton

We are in the very early planning stages of the first Beyond BT Shabbaton. Our goal is to have as many people as possible participate and to keep the cost as low as possible.

The preliminary date is the Shabbos of Achrei Mos-Kedoshim which is May 5-6. The venue will be Kew Gardens Hills. We will put people up at families in the neighborhood. If we have the Friday night meals at the host families it will be hard to have speakers on Friday night since candle lighting is 7:38, so it might make sense to have a communal meal on Friday with some speakers and maybe eat Shabbos lunch at the hosts’ houses.

On Shabbos we will try to find a place to have our own minyan. The davening will be followed by a kiddush and a Shiur. Shabbos lunch, possibly at the host houses followed by shiurim on Shabbos afternoon. Mincha to be followed by Shalosh Seudos and a speaker. We will try to have babysitters during the shiurim.

We are looking for sponsors to help defray the costs, so please don’t be shy if you can afford to sponsor.

So what do you think? Any ideas for speaking topics? Will you come? And if not, why not? What is an acceptable amount to charge for adults, teens and children?

8 comments on “We Need Your Input for the First Beyond BT Shabbaton

  1. well whaddya know – I have a simcha on Long Island that motzei shabbos so I’d like further info

    BTW the shabbaton I spoke at last shabbos in Elizabeth I believe charged $85 per adult thru Sun AM

  2. I think it is a great idea. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.


  3. I would LOVE to come, but am not free that Shabbat. In any case, I think that the subjects that get the most lively comments and disscussion on this website would make good shiur topics–conformity, family dynamics, education, women’s issues.

  4. Rabbi Seif – Maybe you can find some business to take care of in NY that weekend. Alternatively isn’t it only a 21 hour drive from Chicago.

  5. Guys,

    Sorry about that..I saw after the fact that you will be having a Shalosh Seudos..


  6. David & Mark,

    Go for it!! This is a GREAT idea!! I would come for sure, & I’d try to get my family to come to some of the events Will you also have a Seuda Shlishi? As for amounts to charge, I’m not a good expert @ that…it depends on the cost of food, and how many people you get.

    Good Shabbos,

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