Shavuot: Georgian Style

The Young Jewish Club (YJC) of Tbilisi, Georgia celebrated the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is the holiday where Jews rejoice in the receiving of the Torah from Mount Sinai by studying Jewish texts and rituals, and commemorate the beginning of the harvest season in late spring. YJC was able to celebrate both aspects by going camping in the Bojormi National Park and studying ancient Jewish texts there.

We arrived on Friday for a shabbaton with the theme of Shavuot. The first thing we did after our arrival was set up camp, which was interrupted by heavy rains. Finding good wood for a fire after the rain was difficult as most was soaked and not usable to start a fire. Finally, the campsite was ready and we were able to start preparing for Shabbat.

Although most of the time spent at the campsite it rained, and at one point even hailed, the group of participants never let their smiles down. We went on a few hikes through the park and explored some of the sensational landscapes Georgia has to offer.

We came back to the campsite for bonfires, singing Hebrew and Jewish as well as regular campfire songs. The group played many games and prepared food over the campfire, and had a study session on the Ten Commandments, and Havdallah.

Before we left the Bojormi National Park we went on one last hike to the top of a mountain and got a beautiful view of the park. All the participants had a wonderful time and cannot wait until the next camping trip.

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June 13, 2014 at 3:59 AM

 

 

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