Just to give an idea of what a Shabbat could look like, here is an itinerary which aims to compliment the restful, spiritual character of the day.
4.00 pm: Arrive at Youth Hostel
4 – 6.30 pm: Free time to perpare for Shabbat
6.30pm: Meet for Candle lighting outside the dining room.
6.40pm - 7.25 kabbalat Shabbat service outside overlooking the sunset
7.30 – Friday night dinner is served.
9.00 - 10pm – meet for an oneg shabbat reflection activity sharing personal uplifting thoughts and reflections from the week – Snacks and drinks provided.
8 AM – Breakfast (optional)
11.00 Meet for Kiddush and cake in a specially reserved room.
11.15.- 12.15 - Group activity and discussion about Jewish Identity
12.30 – Lunch
1.00 – 4.45pm – Free time.
4.45 – 5.45 – Values activity split up into teams in a values auction. With pretend money they need to consider which values are the most important and what they would be willing to pay for them.
Followed by a sharing and discussion on values.
5.50 – 6.30 Close encounters activity where pairs are sent off with questions to ask each other to help get to know each other more. Questions range from basic get to know to religious observance, Jewish identity, family, hopes and ambitions.
6.45 – 7.30 – Seuda shilishit – The Third meal with songs and stories.
7.30 Havdalah ceremony.