When Noah Gross, 21, headed to Brooklyn, N.Y., for the Chabad on Campus International Student Shabbaton and Conference, he wasn’t really sure what to expect, or if it’d really be the combination of fellow students, lectures, and community his campus rabbi had been promising.
“The Shabbaton lived up to all of my expectations and even more,” Gross, a Drexel University student and veteran of other kinds of Sabbath programs during his high school years, said of last weekend’s event in Crown Heights with around 850 other collegians. “Just being in a room with that many college students, and knowing that we had at least one part of our lives in common – we all had Chabad on Campus connecting us to [our Jewish heritage] – that was really an amazing, eye-opening experience.”
The annual event came 50 years after the Chabad-Lubavitch movement first began bringing organized groups of college students to Crown Heights for weekend programs to learn more about their heritage and develop communal connections.
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