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Reflections on Shabbat day

Saturday, 25 March, 2017 - 3:21 pm


We started out our Shabbat morning by walking over to Chabad to go to services.

However, this service was particularly special because we got to help a boy celebrate his bar mitzvah with the community.

This only allowed us to confirm the idea of how proud Jewish people are in Berlin. We ended with a kiddush at Chabad and then walked over to the Rabbi's brother's house.

The girls left first so we got to meet with the Rebetzin before everyone came.The second we walked in, I immediately felt welcomed and was so happy to be in a family environment for shabbos.

We enjoyed a very large four course meal with too many options to count! Not only was I sitting in a beautiful house eating a ton of delicious food, but I was able to spend time with a group of students I have been connecting with the entire week.

This gave us time to reflect on our past week and give us time to relax after everything we have done. By the end of the meal, everyone was so full, but we had fun! We were all talking, playing games together, and didn't need a cell phone or anything else to keep us busy during this shabbat. It was a very genuine and positive experience for me. I know that if I was ever to come back to Berlin, that I would have a family and home that would welcome me in anytime. 

Shavua Tov,

Gabrielle Marzouk

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