Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Shabbaton for?
  • This Shabbaton is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Do any of these describe you?

    • Passionate about being Jewish

    • Interested in meeting progressive Jewish students from across the country

    • Committed to building strong traditional-egalitarian Jewish campus communities

    • Excited about gaining leadership and community building skills to bring to your campus

    • Enthusiastic about learning from professionals and educators in the Jewish world

Do I need to be Conservative to participate?
  • No, while Masorti on Campus is specifically geared toward the needs of traditional-egalitarian communities, all are welcome.

What level of learning can I expect?
  • The learning opportunities at the Shabbaton will be accessible to students of a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and no prior knowledge of Jewish topics is required. Most of the learning will be focused around our community building theme, and how each student can best use the information from Jewish texts to provide guidance and explanations on the topics we will be discussing.

How can I sign up?
  • More information will be posted on this website in the coming weeks.

How much does the Shabbaton cost?
  • While the final fee has not yet been set, previous Shabbatonim have been around $100 per participant.

What does my money cover?
  • The cost of the Shabbaton covers food, lodging, bedding, and other programming materials.

How do I travel to the Shabbaton?
  • Rutgers University–New Brunswick is situated at the center of the Northeast Corridor that runs from Boston to Washington, D.C. It’s 38 miles from New York City and 65 miles from Philadelphia.

  • Information about getting to New Brunswick by car, train, plane, bus, or bike is available here.
Where will I be sleeping?
  • We have embraced a students-hosting-students model, meaning home hospitality in on and off campus student housing.* We have found that the Shabbaton experience is greatly enhanced when the host campus literally opens their home to our students.
What should I pack?
  • Clothing

    • Shabbat outfits for Friday night and Saturday, typically students dress in “smart casual” style

      • Possible options: Dress pants/slacks, button down or polo, dress, skirt, etc.

    • Saturday evening

      • Casual clothing

    • General clothing

      • Shirts (long sleeves, short sleeves)

      • Jeans/Sweatpants

      • Underwear and Socks

      • Shoes and Sneakers

      • Pajamas

  • Toiletries: Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothbrush with case, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Hairbrush, Contact Lenses/Glasses, Kippot, Tallit, Tefillin, etc.

  • Sleeping bag (optional)*
    • *As the Shabbaton date gets closer specific sleeping arrangements will be made known
What is the food situation? / Will the food be Kosher?
  • All meals and snacks provided at the Shabbaton will be Kosher. You will not go hungry.

 

For specific questions please email shabbaton@masorticampus.org