Shabbaton Project


Student Leadership Training

As we work to build Masorti on Campus one of our first projects is bringing world class leadership training to our students. We are committed to promoting the growth of educated and thoughtful Jewish adults, and building a network for Conservative & Masorti / traditional-egalitarian and pluralistic Jewish communities on North American college campuses. Our 18-to-24-year-old members value the love of Torah, devotion to social justice, and dedication to community and Israel; we hold these principles to be the future of Judaism. Using established communities as our starting point, and the students-hosting-students model, our intercampus network is developing a series of regional and national Shabbatonim to be coordinated with the help of on campus Jewish-life organizations.

In February 2014 we ran our, a very successful, first Student Leadership Shabbaton together with The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Columbia / Barnard Hillel in New York City. We gathered 65 Jewish student leaders from 32 college and university campuses from across North America for a weekend filled with powerful learning, meaningful prayer, and new friendships. Shabbaton participants were taught tools and techniques to reimagine and grow their own campus communities by professional trainers from The PresentTense Group. These tools included effective goal setting, short- and long-term planning, along with engagement and publicity techniques. Our student leaders collaborated and share best practices, encouraging each other on their work. The weekend also included a spiritually fulfilling celebration of Shabbat, Torah study, and fun in New York City.

Please help students attend future Shabbatonim by making a donation.

Please send your questions to:

Project Coordinators:

Tyler Dratch (Columbia/List)
Douglas Kandl (Pace)
Eric Leiderman (Hartford)

Check out articles about our first Shabbaton: