THE SHABBOS PROJECT IS COMING TO TOWN!
October 23 -25, 2014
The Shabbos Project is a simple concept – Jews from across the spectrum, religious, secular, tradition, young and old, uniting to keep one full, Shabbos together. At the forefront of the project is the idea of Jewish unity. Our aim with the Shabbos Project is to create a grassroots movement of people with Shabbos at its core; a movement that unites Jews all over the world through one common achievable goal.
In case you have not already heard about the international Shabbos Project, it is an initiative from South Africa where Jews in every city around the world will be keeping one Halachic Shabbos together. Last year, at the launch of the Shabbos Project in South Africa, more than half the county’s 75,000 Jewish population kept Shabbos, many for the very first time. Due to the success of that initiative, this year, the Shabbos project is an international event and the South Florida Jewish community is going to be a part of it!
Please watch this very inspiring short video explaining this amazing initiative.
In order to carry out the project on an international level, a centralized headquarters has been established in South Africa. under the oversight of Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein. This centralized headquarters will facilitate, direct and lead a network of partners from all over the globe. This central head office will provide services and develop resources that partner communities will be able to access to achieve maximum buy-in and participation. It will also ensure that there is no duplication of efforts and that the best ideas are shared across all participating communities.
All partners to the Shabbos Project, including those of us in South Florida, will take financial and logistical responsibility for the project in their cities and regions while benefiting from the solid foundation laid by the head office in South Africa. In each and every city, major advertising campaigns will be run and an extensive network of partners and hubs will be established to engender the success of the initiative on a global scale.
It is currently anticipated that in South Florida, we will kick off the international Shabbos Project on Thursday night, October 23, 2014 with The Great Challah Bake, whereby we intend to bring thousands of Jewish women and girls from South Florida together at the Miami Beach Convention Center to learn how to bake Challah. Our guest speaker will be Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar from the Shul of Bal Harbour.
The Shabbos Project will continue throughout South Florida over the Shabbos of October 24-25, 2014 where we hope the majority of the Jews in South Florida will participate in a show of unity by having everyone observe this one Shabbos at the same time – “keeping it together.”
The culmination of the project will take place on Saturday night, October 25, 2014, when we will host a communal Havdallah concert for the entire South Florida Jewish community.
We hope you will share our enthusiasm for this outstanding initiative and that you join in our efforts in “keeping it together.” We encourage you to go to www.theshabbosproject.com and sign on as a partner.
If you have any questions regarding The Shabbos Project or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like to volunteer to be a part of the Shabbos Project in South Florida, we can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to working with you on this wonderful initiative in our community.
The South Florida Shabbos Project Team: