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Robotics Team Does Well in Qualifying Round

March 7th, 2014 by mta
by Moshe Rosensweig (’14)

 

This past Sunday, March 2nd, was the culmination of the robotic’s team’s work. As described in an earlier article (http://blogs.yu.edu/mta/2014/01/31/mta-robotics-team-competes/), the team had originally prepared for a qualifying event in January that was turned into a scrimmage. In the month between that scrimmage round and the  new qualifying competition this past Sunday, the team worked hard to enhance the robot’s ability to accomplish all of its tasks.

 

At the scrimmage, we defied Murphy’s law. Other teams entered the scrimmage with good-looking, well performing robots that could seemingly win every round, while our robot had encountered last minute troubles. Our initial strategy to accomplish the goals of the competition depended on an arm with three joints that could scoop up blocks efficiently, dump blocks in the boxes on pendulums, and hang from a bar in the middle of the field. In order to do that, we put three motors connected with gears at the base of the arm, to give it sufficient power to pull itself up onto the bar. However, the first and second joints weren’t strong enough to lift their parts of the arm, so we had to remove them. This left us with a smaller arm powered by three motors, giving it a tremendous amount of power, but making it difficult to control. Thus, it became essentially useless. At the scrimmage, we were nonetheless able to take our poorly performing robot and outperform other robots, especially because of its ability to raise a flag, another task that was part of the competition. As mentioned in the previous article, by the time the competition was called, we were doing fairly well. But the postponement of the Qualifying Round gave us the opportunity to fix our robot and we used the time wisely.

 

We met once or twice a week for the duration of the month, for many hours at a time, sometimes going even as late as 11:00 PM or midnight for some members, and all our work was guided by our dedicated coach Reuven Levy. We decided to simplify our robot by making one utility to accomplish each task, rather than over-complicate the controls by attempting to do several things, with one utility. The flag lifter we had last time and the drive train we used were in fully working condition, so we decided to keep them as they were, but we got rid of the disastrous arm. We replaced the arm with a slider that operated on a system of pulleys. We were going to use this to hang from the bar, a feat worth 50 points (which is considered a lot). We also modified the front of the robot so that we could scoop up blocks and push them into the low goal. Our most notable feature,  which most of the other robots did not have, was a successful Infra-Red  Program. In order to get the most points during the autonomous period (a 30 second period when the robot has to operate on its own based on a pre-written code), a robot has to dump a block into the bucket on top of the Infra-Red beacon, and then drive independently onto a ramp. We excelled in the autonomous period since our the robot was able to detect the beacon, dump the block into the bucket, return to its starting point, and then drive onto the ramp.

 

After countless meetings, the big day finally arrived, and we were ready. Everything went smoothly in our first match.  The robot missed the bucket by a small margin in the autonomous period, but still successfully ended up on the ramp getting us 20 points. In the second and third matches, our robot scored all 60 points. We were also able to successfully raise the flag and score blocks in the low goal. When we attempted to hang from the bar, our robot hung, but then after the match was over, lowered itself automatically, so the points weren’t counted. After our first four preliminary matches, we were in 5th place, and undefeated.

 

That was great news for our team; it meant we had done very well. However, next up was the elimination matches and only the top 4 teams are secured a spot in the elimination matches, which meant that we just missed the cutoff. The way the elimination matches work is that the top 4 teams are team captains, and they each get to choose two robots to join their alliance. We were hoping that one of the top four teams would choose another of the top four, because that would mean that we would be bumped up into a captain’s position. However, that didn’t happen. Instead we were chosen by the second place team to join their alliance, which meant we still had a chance to move on to the next round.

 

Our alliance won the first of its three matches, and then lost the next two. We were eliminated in the semi-finals, much to our disappointment. In the end, the 4th place team beat the 3rd place team in the finals. Although we lost, we still have a chance to be invited to the playoff rounds coming up soon.

 

Our team worked hard, and had the awesome robot to prove it. We are proud of our accomplishments, and look forward to next year’s challenge. We would like to thank Dr. Taylor for being a major supporter of the team, all year round, and also for showing up to all of our events to cheer us on. Most importantly, we wish to thank Reuven Levy, our coach, for taking out so much time from his truly busy schedule to mentor and help us build, program, and debug our Robot.

Makor Chaim Update – Week 6

January 31st, 2014 by mta
by Shuey Boniu, Yair Gross and Ashi Taragin

The whole program until now was absolutely amazing. But the final week was one of the best. On this week we have been focusing on making the best out of every second.

After a Shabbos in Gruss, we went to visit one of the great Rabbis of this generations, HaRav Eichenstein. He is currently the Rosh Yeshiva of Yad L’Aharon, and he is very respected amongst the Charedi community. After hearing from us about the program and understanding what we had accomplished in Makor Chaim he helped us realize what our purpose in Limud Torah should be: to internalize and connect to the Torah.

On that same occasion we developed a discussion with Rabbit Taubes on the topic of mituveh veoseh velo metzoveh veoseh. A sugyah with many ramifications to our learning and kiyum mitzvot.

While in Katamon we decided to make the best of it so we went on a little adventure through, talking to random Israelis, visiting Gan Sans Simon and two missions ahead of his. The first was to understand the history of Katamon and the second was a picture contest.

From there, we returned to Makor Chaim to meet with Mrs. Rosenberg and Rabbi Taubus. This was an important talk, since we were discussing how to take the Makor Chaim experience back to MTA and how would we be able to share our experience with the other students. we had suggested some practical ideas-Halacha YomitHachanah Letfillah and other things that make Makor Chaim such a great place.

Afterwards, we had a really interesting presentation from Rabbi Taubus’ brother-in-law- Dr. Baruch Sterman**. Dr. Baruch Sterman (Rabbi Taubes’ brother-in-law) demonstrated to us the techeilet dying process.

Through his presentation we were able to see and recognize how Halachah and Science, Torah- Omadah really connect and our dependent on each other. Chazal basically based there understanding in Techielet only by understanding certain chemical reactions.

Even though it seemed that the day was over we were soon to be wrong. At the middle of Seder we all received a surprising text: “9:09 meeting in my room”, this message was sent by the one and only Madrich- Ashi. And as usual he invited us to the room for an activity, updates at the most accrued times.

We came to his cozy room for cake and tea. After the appetizers we watched some educational clip’s. We used these clips as an opening for some meaningful discussions. Not everyone agreed, such was a dispute between Mendel and Yehudah – do we as people and friend place tags, stigma, on others. Is it right?

Should we tag a kid as having ADD, does it help? Is he really different?

On Tuesday, we had a speech with Yonatan Billet. He helped us to open our hearts, telling us that sometime all of the answers our really there. The same is about your experience he told us, you came all the way here to realize that you our special people inside. If so, we shouldn’t be sad or scared to leave Makor Chaim because Makor Chaim is in all of you

But our day wasn’t over- it was Rav Davids birthday. We went to his house, sang the Israeli birthday song, devour a birthday cake and heard a story of Rav Nachman. This story didn’t seem so deep, but then Rav David helped us reveal the secret. Rav Nachman was tried to relay a message- always be happy and never give up especially in regards to Avodat Hashem. Ashi and Rav David stressed to us that this applies as well in MTA, when we won’t be in the same environment and might not feel so inspired- always try to be happy.

On Wednesday, for our trip day we went to one of the most interesting places in Israel- Tekoah. Tekoah is special not only because Rav Dov lives there, it is unique due to the spiritual people who come to build their houses in the middle of the desert surrounded completely from all for direction by Arab villages.

After having an overlook towards the ancient mountain, Herodias, we headed to the Haritun caves with our tour guide Shabbi, an interesting character.

At first it seemed like a usual cave but soon were we to discover the huge complex created by water streams. We started to crawl on four and soon even drag ourselves on our stomachs. At first it was scary but as all experiences it became lots of fun, a challenge that we needed to overcome.

All of a sudden we realized that Ashi and his friend Ayal, were not behind us any more, we were left in the hand of Shabbi. After a long journey we reached a dark hall, and one by one we crawl out to join Ashi and Ayal who had stayed behind to lite candles. Ayal, started to play the guitar singing a wide range of songs Jewish, Israeli and more.

Thursday night we had a goodbye party by Abba and Eema, mishpachat Naor. They were such a worm family throughout the whole experience joining us for meals, cooking together for Shabbos, taking care of us when we were sick and just being there for us even if all we wanted was to sit and talk with Oriah with a cup of his secret recipe, delicious tea. Then we went to night Seder fallowed by Makor Chaim soup, made by the Talmidim themselves.

It seemed like our day was over but then we received this shocking text:

“Be by dorm gate at 12:20, in shorts.”What!? Why?!

Coming very confused we meet Ashi, and after some stretches we headed out to a run. We ran together around Kfar Etzion, listing to the quite night. Ending in Ashis room we understood- we were getting our yellow sweatshirts!

On Friday we woke up early davened in Ma’arat Hamachpelah. There, Ashi taught us about Zechut Avot  intensifying our Kavanah in Teffilah - Elokey Avraham, meant much more right by his kever.

After a unique davening we met one of the holiest sweetest residents of Hebron- Rav Simcha Hochbaum, currently the head of the tourism in Chevron. Rav Simcha spoke to us about the history and meaning of Me’arat Hamachpeleah for the Jewish nation.

Then we headed out on a tour of the Jewish community in Hebron  with Ashi, who knows it quite well after his army service there  as a commander.

After visiting Chevron’s museum, Kever Rut, danicing with soldiers at their post and seeing the ancient ruins of Hebron we ended the tour with quick dip in the coldest mikvah, in Israel.

We came back to Makor Chaim and helped Oriah, temporary aba, to cook for Shabbat. Here it is- are last Shabbat in makor, in Israel. We spent it with our close Israeli friends and their parents on the Shabbat Horim. An exclusive phenomenon, were the yeshiva hosts the parents to join their children’s experience. Thereafter we woke up and walked to Yeshivat Har Etzion, a.k.a Gush.

After Shacharis we walked with Rav Taragin, this time Rav Moshe Taragin, Ashi’s uncle to his house, had a Kiddush and heard about the zchut that we had to spend in Israel, in Gush Etzion, visiting hesder yeshivot.

Then Ashi organized that we eat by different families, we split up to groups of four each group hosted by special families, houses that were filled with torah and kedusha. Such was R’ Fridmans house,  joe’s father from makor chaim who will be joining us in MTA. The climax of Shabbos was by R’ Reuven Taragin, ashi’s father in their house for Seudah Shlishit. It was absolutely amazing; we learned what was really important in life- torah. We sang songs that uplifted our souls until Shabbat were over, making it one of the best Shabbases in our life.

We left Alon Shvut knowing that we are approaching the end of the trip, we finished packing, weighed our bags to make sure that we won’t have trouble in the airport and with Tova.

Then we received this weird text from Ashi: “9:45 in beit”. We walked into theBeit Medrash and one by one we were taken out, and blindfolded by the IsraeliMakochnikim. It was the hashba’ah. They took us and led us to the bonfire; there we sang together and enjoyed the Israeli food- Poykeh (combination of rice and chicken).

While heading on the bus at 5:30 in the morning we all realized that This program was completely transformative for all of the us and we hope to help MTA boys to feel the feelings of wonder that we have felt here in Israel.

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***Dr. Baruch Sterman

Baruch Sterman is co-founder of the Ptil Tekhelet Association. Baruch received his doctorate in Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he developed a CO2 laser used for both medical and industrial purposes. He received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. For the past fifteen years, Baruch has been a leading executive in the High-Tech sector in Israel, specializing in the fields of telecommunications and computer security. He holds several patents in optics, voice technology, and computer security.

Baruch was instrumental in developing the modern techniques for dyeing tekhelet used by the Ptil Tekhelet Association today. These techniques take into account the halakhic, as well as the physical and chemical requirements needed for mass production. He has published numerous articles on the scientific and halakhic aspects of Tekhelet, and writes extensively on the topic of Science and Torah in general.

MTA Robotics Team Competes

January 31st, 2014 by mta
by Moshe Rosensweig (’14)

This past Sunday, January 26 was a long awaited date for the MTA Robotics team, the Lionotics, as it was the date of the qualifying rounds for the First Tech Challenge (FTC) competition.  Each year FTC releases a new challenge for robotics teams across the country to complete. The challenge is in the form of a game, and at all events, each robot is paired with an alliance partner at random, and plays against another alliance, also composed of two randomly selected robots. The game this year was called “Block Party” which, as the name suggests, involved picking up blocks, and scoring them into goals, among other tasks to complete. The Lionotics team worked tirelessly from September, when this year’s game was released, until this past Sunday to make the best Robot we could. The team met every Sunday, often for over 5 hours, building the robot, and as Sunday the 26th drew nearer, the team met even more frequently than just on Sundays. Finally the day came, and the team members woke early to get to the Benjamin Banneker School in Brooklyn by 8:00 AM where the Robotics competition was scheduled to take

The first event of the competition was the various inspections and judging of both the robot and the team’s qualification to compete. Among other things, FTC looks for teams’ expression of “gracious professionalism” which is their way of saying ”middos“. It made us feel comfortable knowing that the League has such values. After the inspections, we started to compete. We won our first round, tied our second round, and won our third round, but the third round was a scrimmage round so it didn’t count. At one point we were placed third in the standings. As time went on, the event fell further and further behind schedule. Eventually they called the event, and made this event a scrimmage instead of a qualifying round, meaning that it wouldn’t count towards moving forward into championship rounds. This was a major disappointment to the team for several reasons. Primarily the team was disappointed, because this was the only event that would not take place on shabbat, and we hope that the rescheduled date will not be on shabbat nor on yom tov.Additionally by the time the event was called, we were in 7th place, and the only team in the top ten which had not yet played a third round. We had a very hopeful chance of winning this event and we are sad that the Competition was called. However, we did make many alterations to the robot on game day, which helped us do better in each round we competed in. Our best features were the autonomous period, in which we we able to score 20 points, and our flag lifter that got us an additional 35 points.

We would would like to thank our coach Reuven Levy, who tirelessly devoted himself to our team putting in the same hours we put in, even on days off and after work. Without Reuven, our team would not have been able to accomplish all that it has in the past two years. We also would like to thank Dr. Taylor for his support of the team, and for showing up to our lengthy events. With the help of Hashem we look forward to improving our robot and competing in future rounds.

Freshman Grade Goes to the Theater

December 16th, 2013 by mta

On Wednesday night, the entire Freshman class was invited to attend a theater trip to YU to see the Yeshiva College Dramatics Society’s production of the play “Terra Nova.” The evening, which was organized and supervised by Mrs. Levitt, was a success on many levels.

After eating a delicious Carlos and Gabby’s buffet supper,  the students watched an exciting MTA wrestling match.  We then walked over to YU’s Schottenstein Center, where the theater is located, with our own security guard. Other teachers  besides Mrs. Levitt who accompanied us for the program were Mr. Semach, Mrs. Siegfried,  Mrs. Levitt,  Mr. Toporovsky,  Ms. Morahibi, and Mr. Gillers. Thanks to all. Special thanks as well to Mr. Shuey Jacoby, MTA’s former Admissions Director, for surprising everyone by joining us for the event.

After the program, Ms. Lin Snyder, director of YCDS and this play, commented on how well behaved and interested the freshmen were and invited us to the spring show.
We also extend a special thanks to Mr. Dobrick who arranged a last minute bus to Brooklyn so that more students could stay.

Hatzioni and MTA Students Attend YU’s Lobby Mission to Washington

December 16th, 2013 by mta
by David Aaronson (’14)

This past week was the YU Lobby Mission to Washington for High School students. We had been preparing for this annual trip for almost six months, and the all our hard work really paid off. The mission was arranged by Matt Schwartz, from the YU Office of Admissions, and organized by leaders of Hatzioni, MTA’s Israel advocacy club. It attracted over 100 students from nearly ten Jewish high schools in the tri-state area.

 

On Sunday, we had the opening plenary session on the Beren Campus of YU, where I was privileged to welcome the large crowd of students and introduce Yotam Goren, First Secretary General of the Israeli Mission to the UN. Yotam addressed the issue of Iran’s nuclear program and discussed the strong influence we, as students, can have on members of Congress when we lobby for Israel.

We then split up into groups and went over the bills we were lobbying for. Afterwards, we had several breakout sessions when we rehearsed for our congressional meetings. Once the opening session concluded, we were fully prepared to go to Washington.

 

Early the next morning, we boarded the bus and headed off to the nation’s capital. The Hatzioni/MTA delegation was led by Mr. Sragow, who joined us for the entire trip. Our first stop was the Israeli Embassy, where I was honored to address the crowd once again and introduce Dor Shapira, the Israeli Government’s Counselor for Congressional Affairs. Dor spoke about the strong relationship between the State of Israel and the U.S. Congress, and discussed the responsibilities of his job as Israel’s envoy to the Senate and the House of Representatives.

 

We then went to Capitol Hill, where we visited the office of New York Senator Chuck Schumer. We met there with Pat Gonzalez, the Senator’s foreign policy staffer. To our surprise, Pat was very educated on the issues we were lobbying for and he was the one who did most of the talking during our meeting. Pat discussed the recent agreement with Iran, and explained why he and everyone in Senator Schumer’s office felt it was a bad deal. He repeatedly stressed the strong need for the Senate to immediately pass new sanctions on Iran, before the end of next week.

 

After the congressional meetings, we went to Congregation Kesher Yisrael of Georgetown for dinner and Maariv. We then boarded the bus and headed back to New York. The bus arrived back at YU at approximately 10:30PM, after a successful lobby mission.

 

It was truly a unique experience organizing and attending this mission to Washington. I hope all the YUHSB talmidim reading this article will join Hatzioni next Monday for a lunchtime event with Congresswoman Grace Meng and participate in the MTAPACmission to Washington next March.

MTA Chemistry Students Attend Lecture by Princeton Particle Physicist; End Week with a Bang

December 16th, 2013 by mta

by Yair Gross (’16)

This Tuesday, MTA was privileged to host Dr. Valerie Halyo of Princeton University, who presented the 10th grade honors Chemistry students with a lecture about her research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland and her role in the work leading to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. The LHC is the world’s largest particle accelerator, in which protons are accelerated by magnets over the course of a 17 mile long track to close to the speed of light and are then smashed into each other, releasing the elementary particles that make up all matter, which are then studied.
The most recent discovery, the Higgs Boson, has led to a completely new way of looking at quantum physics and what constitutes mass. Dr. Halyo explained the research done to discover the Higgs Boson and explained the amazing mechanics and engineering involved in building the LHC.
This very special event was arranged by our Chemistry teacher, Mr. Chayim Goldberg, as part of his goal of building an exciting culture of science at MTA. Special thanks to Dr. Seth Taylor for helping arrange the logistics of the visit and to Mr. Michael Plotsker for his technical support.
This exciting week in Chemistry ended with Mr. Goldberg’s most spectacular “End the Week with a Bang” explosion yet, which lit up the room and left students gawking at the glowing mixture through the smoke that filled the room.

Torah, Dancing, and Food make this year’s Chanukah Chagigah Amazing

December 16th, 2013 by mta
by Avi Weschler (’14)

Click here for more pictures from the Chanukah Chagigah

 

Starting the week on a strong note, MTA had its annual Chanukah Chagigahon the sixth day ofChanukah, Rosh Chodesh Teves. It started off with a fantastic breakfast consisting of bagels, juice, doughnuts, and latkes. The dancing began soon thereafter, featuring the lively and spirited music of Eitan Katz, and we were joined by Yeshiva University President Richard Joel and Rav Moshe Weinberger, YU’s Mashgiach. Next, we were privileged to hear Rav Weinberger speak about the unique effect Chanukah has on the Jewish people; he shared some personal recollections of his father and his extraordinary connection to the mitzvah of tefillin, and explained how this holiday truly brings people to their roots. The dancing then began again with everybody having a great time. The chagigah ended on a musical note with the MTA Chorus and Band performing for everyone.

Sophomores See Jewish History Exhibit in Conjunction with YU Library

December 16th, 2013 by mta
by Avraham Tsikhanovski (’16)

Click here for more pictures from the Rare Book Room in YU
Mr. Semach’s 10th grade History class went on an educational trip to Yeshiva University’s Gottesman Library earlier in the week. The students were ushered to the fourth floor, the floor where the ancient, rare, and valuable texts are stored. In a small room on the fourth floor, the students were greeted by  YU Professor Steven Fine and his team. They were researching a Jewish tombstone that dates from 430 C.E., just 360 years after the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdash.
The students were given a crash course in how historical artifacts are analyzed and researched. The class was also shown that the Hebrew letters used back then are different than those that we use now. The tombstone in question was found on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea, and then sold to a church in Northern California. The church in California then made a decision to donate the tombstone to Yeshiva University because it was felt that it would be more greatly appreciated there. The tombstone was from an era when the Jews and Christians lived together, and it was significant to see this heartwarming donation made by the church to YU.
Sharing a campus with Yeshiva University has many perks, and being able to see an actual artifact of Jewish history like this is not something that every history class can do. Mr Semach’s class would like to thank Professor Fine for his time and energy in creating a fun and interactive learning experience.

On the Importance of Hakaras HaTov

December 16th, 2013 by mta
by Daniel Jaroslawicz (’14)
On Tuesday morning, the whole school gathered into Lamport Auditorium for a very special pre-Chanukah program. First, we heard from Mr. Chezky Ort, father of Dovid Ort ’14, who spoke about his daughter Sari, OB”M, on the occasion of her firstYahrtzeit, and showed how even after her death at age 12, she is still continuing to inspire so many throughout the world.
Then, we heard a shiur from Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, a noted educator and speaker,  about the importance of Hakaras HaTov. He spoke about how the miracle of Chanukah came about only because the Chashmonaim first made an effort to connect with Hashem on their own, by diligently cleaning and repairing the Mikdash, and then Hashem responded by providing them with the miracle of the oil, which they could appreciate so much more because of the effort they themselves had put in. He challenged us to purify ourselves by doing whatever we can on our own in the best possible way during the holiday of Chanukah, as this is the perfect time to take our own steps and then see and appreciate how Hashem responds by helping us when we need it.
Rabbi Green then challenged each of  us to find one thing, even one small thing, to work on during the next two weeksL’Ilui Nishmas Sari, and sheets with various suggestions were distributed, so that everyone could sign up for something. A pizza lunch at the end of Chanukah, sponsored by the Ort family, will be provided to all students who commit and successfully complete one of the programs presented. It is hoped that we can all use Chanukah to improve ourselves and appreciate both Hashem and each other a little more in ourlives.

Shabbaton 5774 – Shabbos

December 16th, 2013 by mta
by Ephraim Tepler (’14)

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Shabbos started with an amazing “Carlebach style” Kabbalas Shabbos, led by our very own Rabbi Axelrod. After a brief welcome and introduction to Shabbos by Rabbi Taubes, an inspiring Sichah by Rabbi Shulman and Maariv, we sat down in the dining room to a wonderful dinner and heard some incredible Divrei Torah from current MTA students. After dinner, each student attended a Shiur with his Rebbe which focused upon ‘miracles’, the theme of the Shabbaton. Then, the grades split up into two groups,  9-10 and 11-12, for parallel versions of an exciting new event, “The Newlywed Game” which matched various MTA “couples” in a highly entertaining contest to see who really knows whom the best. In both games, the winner was an MTA Rebbe with one of histalmidim! This event was followed by a tisch led by Rabbi Mendelson and Rabbi Cohen, where we heard inspiring stories and sang numerous stirring niggunim. Finally, after some more “chill” time, we went to sleep.
Davening the next day was led entirely by students, with Seniors Yitzi Lindenbaum and Josh Birnbaum leading Shacharisand Musaf, respectively, and laining by Freshman Rafi Felder and Junior Yisrael Loewy. A drashah by Rabbi Schiller directed us to constantly work to accomplish whatever we can, to the best of our abilities, regardless of how many times we may fail along the way. Following davening we had a Kiddush, some time to shmooze with our Rebbeim, and then a chaburahwith the advisors from YU who joined us for the weekend, again focusing on the theme of the Shabbaton. After lunch, we had a break from the formal schedule, during which we could attend a Shiur about Chanukah given by Rabbi Taubes, join Mr. and Mrs. Levitt for some games, or just enjoy nap time.
Seudah Sehlishis, which followed Minchah, included a very meaningful slow shirah, in which everyone participated by singing moving niggunim, and an inspiring message from Rabbi Green as Shabbos ended. After Maariv, we packed up our belongings and were then treated to a Melaveh Malkahwith musicians and lots of enthusiastic dancing. Following the dancing, we heard the four grades’ banner presentations and watched the grade videos, the conclusion of the “Spirit Week” activities. Before boarding the buses home, we all received MTA sunglasses and stress balls, truly the highlight of the Shabbaton!
All in all, the weekend was an incredible experience for everybody, and we hope that it will be even more successful next year.