USY Hosts 40th Annual Shabbaton


For the 40th straight year, the local branch of United Synagogue Youth will host a Shabbaton Feb. 14-15 in memory of the late Claire Sodden. In addition to religious services, the weekend event will feature fun and games for area eighth- through 12th-graders.

“Our chapter is the Chapter of the Year for Seaboard Region USY, and this is one of our biggest events every year,” said Becca Rosenfelt, USY adviser and interim youth and special program coordinator for Beth Israel Congregation.

The 2014 theme is Travel Back in Time, and event highlights include a scavenger hunt and hypnotist, laser tag, tie-dyeing, a movie and a life-size game of Trivial Pursuit. The game will require teams to travel from station to station, where they will answer three trivia questions and complete one physical challenge.

“It’s kind of like a who’s who, what’s what of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s,” said Rosenfelt of the topics students will face in the game, which was developed by USY members.

The event will honor Sodden, an active member of USY who attended Baltimore Hebrew High School and Baltimore Hebrew College.

“Everybody’s really excited,” said Rosenfelt. “It’s the people’s favorite weekend of the year.”

The Shabbaton kicks off at about 3:45 p.m. on Friday and runs through late Saturday night with a break Friday night. For more information, visit

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