Imagine that the Shtetl of Europe has been frozen in time, transported to New York, and then unfrozen. Imagine walking down the main street and seeing the Judaica shops, hearing the sounds of yeshiva students studying Talmud, smelling the aromas of the freshly baked Challah wafting from the local kosher bakeries, while seeing sings in Hebrew and Yiddush and shuls on every corner, while the skyscrapers of Manhattan rise in the distance.
Chabad of Nashville invites the Nashville community to experience this at Shabbat in the Heights. The Shabbaton, which enables participants to experience Chasidid life in person, takes place May 13-15 in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York City. Throughout Shabbat, guest lecturers and study groups provide opportunities to study the Rebbe’s teachings and perspective on life and its purpose. A guided tour of the Rebbe’s synagogue, office and home allows a glimpse into life with the Rebbe, and insight into how he inspired his thousands of emissaries, leaders in their own right, in Jewish communities in every corner of the globe.
Participants attend the Shabbaton from all over the world, and this year, Rabbi Yitzchok ad Estehr Tiechtel will be leading a group from Chabad of Nashville. “Living in Nashville and working in the community for the past 25 years makes Nashville home, but a big piece of my heart is always in Crown Heights where I grew up," says, Rabbi Tiechtel. “I can’t wait to share it with my friends from the Nashville community.” Rabbi Tiechtel says the all-inclusive weekend feels like a retreat, complete with authentic Jewish cuisine, and eclectic Chasidic entertainment, providing a much-needed boost of spiritual energy.