The freshmen class at Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys in Woodmere boarded buses on Sept. 21 and headed to the annual Freshman Shabbaton, held at Camp Kaylie in upstate Wurtsboro.
After unpacking and praying, the students took part in Wacky Olympics students competed in a variety of events. There was then a late-night barbecue and basketball, also in the gym.
n Friday, flag football was played and later went go-karting, swimming and played other sports before Shabbos. After prayer, dinner, singing and discussing the Torah, time was spent with DRS Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky and other rabbis.
“The goal of the Shabbaton is for everyone meet each other and create a sense of achdut [unity] within the grade in an enjoyable and fun way,” Kaminetsky said to the freshman class.
More prayer, food and Torah lessons on Sunday, it appeared that the students had formed unbreakable friendships and learned together in the Beis Medrash (prayer room).
Later on they gathered together for more spirited singing. The camaraderie forged during the Shabbaton should have a positive impact on the students as they progress through the school year, DRS officials said.