Shabbaton: Guests in Residence

Each year for the Shabbat of Torah we feature guests-in-residence. Each of them plays a unique role and together they help make Shabbat a stimulating and uplifting one.

Whether his/her background is in science or the performing arts, we invite these scholars to come tell us their story, share of their wisdom and address our attendees during each meal.

Richard H. Bernstein is blind from birth. He is an American lawyer and serves as Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. In his spare time, he has completed over 20 marathons and 2 triathlons, including marathons in New York, Detroit, Jerusalem, Miami and Los Angeles. He lectures around the world on messages of hope and positivity during dark times. Today, his message is as resonant as ever and his vision sees far beyond what those of us gifted with sight can see.

Each year we take to YouTube, holding digital auditions looking for new talent to add inspirational musical prayer to the repertoire of our Shabbaton. The Cantor also leads songs during the Shabbat meals and a sing-along as the sun sets on Shabbat eve.

Rabbi & Cantor Levi Blesofsky has been working at Chabad in Yorba Linda, CA since 2003. Rabbi Levi serves as the cantor, Chazzan for the community. He spends his time counseling people, visiting the home bound, those in jail, and the sick, directing large community events, bar mitzvah training and runs the Cteen program. Rabbi Levi is the proud father of Yakov, Chaim, Rivka, and Zalman, and Sara. He is married to Naomi Blesofsky. 

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