All Ukrainian Shavuot Night
All Ukrainian Shavuot night for teens, that took place in JCC Beit Dan (Kharkov, Ukraine) on May 19 – 20.
62 young activists of Jewish communities from Sumy, Zaporojye, Kharkov, Odessa, Krivioi Rog, Konotop, Kropivnitskiy, Vinitsa and Nikolaev have spender exciting 2 days in kaleidoscope of educational sessions, fascinating quests, presentations, songs, master classes and, of course, informal communication. All above mentioned is a unique joint experience, that remains forever in the memory of young people, contributes to their Jewish self-identity and helps strengthening their sense of belonging to big Jewish community where they feel themselves being at home, despite kilometers distance from place where they live.
This year Shavuot night was completely designed and prepared by team of madrichim, which included experienced Metsuda graduates who acted as elder brother and assistant for activists of AJT movement: ex Presidents and parliamentarian who applied their skills received during AJT school of madrichim. Young people not only took responsibility for program during event but also initiated and conducted excursion to Jewish historical places and sights of the city for those teens who arrived to Kharkov earlier on Saturday May 19. Besides this activists of Arayot teenage cub conducted presentation of most popular and successful projects with the aim to share own experience and motivate other participants to pro-active position in own teenage club and community in general.
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In the feedback most of participants of Shavuot indicated night quest in JCC as one of most brightest highlights. The “10 commandments” quest was logically followed by the kino midrash with deeper discussion of it’s role in nowadayslife.
“I learned a lot of useful information about the holiday, which I want to share with other members of our teenage club, as well as useful techniques for conducting classes” - Jaroslav, participant of AJT movement