SHABBOS PROJECT MONTANA 2015
From Chattanooga to Colmar, Edison to Efrat, Santa Fe to Srirangapatna, more and more cities are coming together from around the world to take part in The Shabbos Project 2015!
Among the new exotic locations being pinned to the Jewish Map in 2015 are Maui (Hawaii), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Srirangapatna (India) and Puerto Iguazu (Argentina).
Enjoy our first roundup of a taste of what’s happening all over the world.
Shutting down Pico Boulevard for the biggest Shabbat table in history.
Join 3 000 of LA’s finest for a Shabbat dinner under the stars.
Pull up a chair here.
Picnic blankets, good wholesome food, meditation and inspiration. Get on over to Caulfield Park in Melbourne for a Kiddush/lunch to remember. Get the details here.
Four days into the trek, at an altitude of 13 000 feet, a group of adventurers will bring in Shabbat to coincide with Jews all over the world.
“We will possibly be the first group to spend the whole of Shabbat in that camp [Barranco Wall]. We will daven Kabbalat Shabbat, light the Shabbat candles, make Kiddush and sing zemirot.”
Find out more about their amazing journey here.
Havdallah time is party time in Mexico come The Shabbat Project 2015. Get down with Maccabeat melodies from 9pm in Mexico City.
Find out more here.
Rabbi Ryan and Tova Goldstein will be taking a tour to Krakow for The Shabbos Project.
“This tour is a positive and uplifting experience which illustrates the incredible will and determination of the greatest nation on earth! We will be joined by all ages, singles, young couples, parents and bobbas!” says Simone Penn.
The mayors of Ashkelon, Ariel, Rehovot, Tsefat, Jezreel Valley, Netanya and Sderot have all endorsed The Shabbos Project, offering support in the form of billboards and advertising space, general publicity and the use of public venues, as well as dedicated project managers to run the event in their cities.
The mayor of Tzfat, inspired by the fact that Lecha Dodi and Shalom Aleichem were both composed in his city, has pledged to host a special commemorative Kabbalat Shabbat. The mayor of the Jezreel Valley has arranged events and activities in each of the four main settlements, and one central event to be held at the railway station in Kfar Yehoshua. And the mayor and chief rabbi of Netanya will be uniting for a special tisch.
“Mayors Tables” are being held in many locations, with the mayors inviting citizens to share a Friday night meal with them. The mayor of Sderot, for example, is hosting a communal dinner for 1 000 people.
So pull up a chair with your local mayor in the Holy Land, and Keep It Together wherever you are!
With hundreds of events streaming in for this week’s Shabbat Project, here are some highlights from Jerusalem, Columbus, Hong Kong and London.
Dan Ariely, world-famous behavioural scientist, best-selling author and TED talk celebrity, explores the unique benefits of keeping it together.
Jerusalem is hosting a Shabbat dinner at the Old Train Station. Enjoy great food, wine and beer and meet young Israelis and Jews from all over the world.
Rap-reggae superstar Matisyahu has produced a song especially for The Shabbat Project.
“The ideas of Shabbos have the unique ability to bring people together when they may otherwise not be together. Disconnected from distraction and reflecting G-d in a simple state of Oneness. I’m honoured to have been asked to write a song for the project, and to contribute towards bringing a little more closeness between our brothers and sisters.”
Join in the delicious Seudah Shlishit for young people with disabilities and their families and friends in Melbourne followed by an optional 20-minute walk to the communal Havdallah Concert at Caulfield Park.
Parents and tots will get together in Saint-Laurent, Montreal to make Shabbat crafts for The Shabbat Project, on 21 October at 6pm. The crayons will come out at the Beth Ora Congregation.
30 Columbus, Ohio synagogues and Jewish organisations of all denominations are coming together for a historic unity Shabbat. The celebrations include six community-wide challah bakes.
Twelve-year-old Arad Eylon Fruchter has invited the whole of Tel Aviv – and the Beastie Boys – to his Shabbat Project bar mitzvah.
Find out more!
Join Hong Kong’s Jewish community as they kick off Shabbat in grand style with a Sushi/Lechaim/Kabbalat Shabbat event at the Discovery Bay North Plaza.
Racheli Fraenkel, the transcendentally courageous mother of Naftali Fraenkel, will be presiding over a challah bake at the Tachana Harishona in Jerusalem.
Hatzofim – Israel’s biggest youth movement – has committed to sending out tens of thousands of its scouts to organise Shabbat meals and activities in neighbourhoods across the country.
London’s Pinner Shul will be distributing a keeping it together “Pinner Care Package”, consisting of food, candles and grape juice, to elderly and ill community members.