Shabbaton FAQs

January 31-February 2, 2020.

Check in will begin on January 31 at the hotel at 2:00 pm.

The National Shabbaton will take place entirely at the: 

Stamford Hilton
One First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT 06902

Hadar is committed to ensuring that the workers in the places it patronizes are treated with dignity and respect.  We are thrilled to be back at the Stamford Hilton after a hiatus in response to a labor dispute there and our standing in solidarity with the workers there.  Hadar alumni were deeply involved in the process and the workers there won a significant contract this past year.  We are excited to support them and their hard-earned gains as we celebrate and gather as a community. Read about how Hadar’s alumni helped the Hilton Stamford’s workers unionize.

Shabbat begins with candle lighting at 4:51 pm. 

Shabbat concludes at 5:54 pm.

The hotel is accessible by Metro North train from New York City’s Grand Central Station and 125th St Station. By Amtrak train to Stamford.   Directions from major airports can be found on the hotel website.

Jews from varied backgrounds, committed to enriching their lives through a robust engagement with our shared tradition. There will be adults, kids, students, retirees, young professionals, and families in attendance; long-time Hadar community members, first-timers, and YOU.

Before December 1, 2019, 100% refunds are available. Between December 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020, 50% refunds are available.

After January 1, 2020, 25% refunds are available, and after January 15th, 2020 we are sorry but we cannot refund payments. If in the future you would like to attend a week-long seminar, we are able to put 50% of your paid tuition to that seminar when you apply. Please note that refunds may take up to two weeks to process. We appreciate your patience.

There will be two people assigned to each hotel room, unless they choose to pay $170 extra for a private room. For those paying the student rate, there will be three people assigned to each hotel room; the hotel will provide a cot, so that each person has their own bed.

We expect attendees to abide by hotel room capacity (two to three adults per room). 

Questions about rooming with children? See our section on children below!

The hotel has a limited number of connecting rooms that will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please let us know if this is your preference and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Yes! Preferences can be indicated when registering. We will do our best to honor all requests.

We are going to do our best to thoughtfully room you with someone we think you will enjoy getting to know!

If you would like to attend but not sleep at the hotel, your cost for the weekend will be the same as regular registration. Rooms are already provided at a heavily subsidized rate and comprise a small portion of the cost of attendance. Please fill out the form as usual and let us know if you will not be using your room.

The cost of registration includes all meals, beginning with dinner on Friday and ending with breakfast on Sunday. We are excited to partner with Silverleaf Caterers for the weekend. They are under the strict supervision of the OU. If you have questions regarding kashrut, please contact Rabbi Ethan Tucker ([email protected]).

We will do our best to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions. Please indicate your needs in the appropriate section of the form when you register. If you forgot to list your food allergies and dietary restrictions, please contact us ([email protected]) as soon as possible.

There will be age-appropriate children’s programming and babysitting throughout the Shabbaton. We are excited to partner with Ramah Berkshires and Ramah Nyack to provide engaging and educational programming.

More information to come!

Most of the rooms will have two double beds, so that parents and children can sleep in the same room. An additional cot can be provided for those who need it. Please contact us at [email protected] with any further questions.

Yes! The hotel will have at least one Shabbat elevator running. You will also be provided with a non-electronic key for your room.

People come to events at Hadar from a range of communities and personal prayer practices. Our goals are 1) to maintain sufficient uniformity so that we can create a unified davening community, 2) to make liturgical choices in keeping with the halakhic discourse surrounding the language of prayer, 3) to be true to our theology and values, and 4) to honor the differing practices and approaches of members of our community. As you can imagine, it is sometimes tricky to strike this balance. We hope that you can find meaning participating in communal davening throughout the weekend, both in moments of familiarity and when encountering something new.

Siddurim will not be provided. We encourage you to bring your favorite siddur along to enhance your Shabbat experience.  Copies of the weekly Torah portion will be available.

While the Shabbaton is relaxed and casual, you are encouraged to dress up a bit on Shabbat itself in order to reflect and participate in the special nature of the day. The entire Shabbaton constitutes a holy atmosphere; we will be learning Torah, sharing meals, and praying together throughout the Shabbaton, so if your custom is to wear a kippah or other head-covering in sacred spaces, we encourage you to do so over the weekend. 

We will also send out a packing list in advance of the Shabbaton.

Single stall restrooms will be available and labeled as All Gender Restrooms. 

Yes, the venue is fully accessible for individuals with limited mobility. For those who need to use the elevator on Shabbat, hotel staff will be on hand to operate it.

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