Residence Life Opens ‘Living Room,’ a Redesigned Lounge for Shabbat

Residence Life Opens ‘Living Room,’ a Redesigned Lounge for Shabbat

The “Living Home,” a redesigned lounge in Morgenstern Residence Corridor intended for use by pupils on Shabbat and Motzei Shabbat, was opened on Jan. 20, the 1st Shabbat of the Spring 2023 semester.

The Lucile and Sidney Burdick Lounge, positioned in the basement of Morgenstern Home Hall, was renovated by the Workplace of College Housing and Home Daily life above intersession, redesigned and stocked with video games and textbooks. 

“We opened a newly renovated ‘Living Room’ in the Burdick Lounge on the basement amount of Morgenstern Corridor,” Office environment of College Housing and Home Life Director Avi Feder informed The Commentator. “The present lounge has been updated with new home furnishings, carpeting, and lights, and stocked with publications and game titles to build an inviting house for our inhabitants to devote time on Shabbat.”

The strategy to redesign the lounge, which was mainly unused, arrived from a group of resident advisors very last semester, with the aim of earning Shabbat at Wilf Campus additional welcoming for learners.

“We also have been continuously focusing on bettering the experience of Shabbat on campus,” explained Feder, “so the addition of a ‘living room’ area for use on Shabbat and Motzei Shabbat felt like a fantastic way to make the Wilf Campus a additional at ease natural environment for students who call YU residence.”

The renovations, funded by the Office of College Housing and Residence Everyday living and intended with student enter, were carried out with head RA Eitan Maron (YC ‘23) overseeing efforts.

In the lounge, the Business office of College Housing and Residence Everyday living replaced an outdated pool table with a new foosball desk, additional velvet and net chairs, three carpets, mild fixtures, strip lights, board game titles, publications, newspapers and a Nintendo Swap with two multiplayer game titles for use on Motzei Shabbat. The home, which is locked through the 7 days, is open Friday evening right until midnight Sunday, and also hosts an RA oneg Shabbos following the Friday evening meal.

The lounge was initially focused by Theresa Felson in 1965 in memory of her son-in-regulation and daughter, who perished in a 1963 airplane crash in Lima, Peru.

Jean Burdick, Lucile and Sidney’s niece, who beforehand donated artwork in their memory, advised The Commentator that she was happy with the renovations.

“I assume the up to date lounge is pretty attractive and will be a great resource for learners to be made use of on Shabbat,” explained Burdick. “I am so glad that Yeshiva continues to have the place applied for students to improve their knowledge at your college.”

Some college students on campus, such as Ben Bruder (YC ‘24), informed The Commentator that they believed that a focused Shabbat sport home was superior for college students.

“It’s pleasant to have an real Shabbos recreation place on campus,” explained Bruder, “besides for just a several board games in the lobbies and the Muss ping-pong table, which generally appears to be lacking things.”

The “Living Room” is portion of amplified Shabbat programming from The Office environment of College Housing and Residence Everyday living aimed at bettering the Shabbat expertise on campus. To this finish, the department is also introducing a “Heights Tour,” where by RA’s will give a “guided walk” to learners in the community adjacent to Wilf Campus.

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Photograph Caption: The Lucile and Sidney Burdick Lounge, to start with committed in 1965, was renovated and turned into a particular Shabbat recreation lounge.

Photograph Credit rating: Eitan Maron / Office environment of Home Lifetime