In keeping with its goal of spreading knowledge of Torah and yiddishkeit to Jews of all backgrounds and levels of religious observance, Yad Yisroel holds regular Shabbaton seminars on a wide variety of Jewish themes.
The Shabbatonim are organized in accordance with the participants’ comprehension of Judaism. For example, youth who have only a rudimentary knowledge of the Aleph Beit and stories from the Tanach receive instruction at a beginners’ level, while graduates of the Sunday School Cheder and other Yad Yisroel educational programs are challenged with more intensive seminars delivered by accomplished rabbis and Judaic Studies lecturers.
Subjects at the seminars range from basic mitzvoth, tefilot and Hebrew language instruction to the Mishna, Gemorah, Pirkei Avot, Shulchan Aruch and myriad rabbinical texts. The teachings of Talmudic authorities such as Beit Hillel, the commentator Rashi and the renowned Jewish philosopher Rambam highlight stirring lectures and open class discussions.
The Shabbatonim, which commence on Friday and last through Sunday, are hosted by Yad Yisroel who provide lodging, Shabbat meals and the atmosphere of a Jewish home to participants from all over Belarus and other points in the former Soviet Union in addition to groups from all over the world.The Shabbaton experience strengthens the Jewish identities of many youth and adults who seek to enrich their knowledge of yiddishkeit.