This week is the beginning of an inspiring journey for 50 teenagers from Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama as they converge in Guatemala City for the CTeen Central America Shabbaton.
This week is the beginning of an inspiring journey for 50 teenagers from Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama as they converge in Guatemala City for the CTeen Central America Shabbaton. This gathering promises to be a profound expression of community among Jewish youth in the region.
Amidst the challenges of being a Jewish teen today, where feelings of isolation and fear can be prevalent, this Shabbaton stands as a space of acceptance and connection. The weekend is packed with activities that blend spiritual growth and fun. From engaging discussions and humanitarian projects to exciting trips and team-building games, these teens will experience the richness of their shared Jewish heritage.
Rabbi Chai Kohan, director of the Spanish desk at Merkos 302 and organizer of the weekend, reflects on the deep significance of this event: “In these challenging times, it’s crucial for our teens to realize they are not alone. This Shabbaton is a vibrant reminder that they are part of a larger community that speaks the same language, not just in terms of our mother tongue but in the language of our shared identity. It’s a powerful opportunity for them to see and feel the strength that comes from Jewish unity and pride.”
As the Shabbaton unfolds, it promises to be a transformative experience for the participants, strengthening their bond with each other and their Jewish identity.