What does Shabbos mean to me?

United Kingdom

In the UK, it is believed that 100 000 people took part in The Shabbat Project, with London the epicentre. Dubbed “ShabbatUK”, it was billed as “the largest mass participation event ever organised for the Jewish community”. The initiative was endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who remarked how it “brings together tens of thousands […]

Melbourne

Much of the focus in Melbourne was on getting the city’s youth involved. A sea of kids – 1 500 of them – showed up at a Children’s Challah Bake at the Chadstone Mall, which included cooking demos led by Australia MasterChef, Alice in Frames. Held on the centre’s busiest shopping day, guests commented on […]

Los Angeles

In 2015, Los Angeles hosted a variety of events, the most notable of which was a Friday night dinner for 3 000 people billed as one of the biggest in history. Proceedings kicked off on Thursday evening, with thousands gathering at various southern California venues to prepare challah. This included more than 1,100 women at […]

Johannesburg

The Great (Indoor) Challah Bake Johannesburg, South Africa Doubly protected from the elements by a thick concrete ceiling and almost 2 000 multicoloured umbrellas suspended by kilometres of cable, the rooftop parking lot of Norwood Mall served as the venue for 2015’s Challah Bake and Havdallah Concert. Said Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein at the […]

Israel

Overall, 135 Israeli cities took part in The Shabbat Project, which was launched at the Knesset by house speaker Yuli Edelstein. Below are some of the highlights from Israel: Thousands of Shabbat meals were arranged by partners up and down the country. Among them were the country’s two biggest youth movements – the primarily secular […]

India

The Jewish community of Mumbai consists of approximately 4 000 people. Around 100 people (approximately 10 families) participated in The Shabbat Project. More than 20 members of Mumbai’s small Jewish community took part in a Shabbaton prepared by ORT India as part of The Shabbat Project. ORT India Jewish educator Sharon Galsurkar and his wife, […]

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