One Shabbat. One Million Stories.

Dr. Chaya Nesya Glogauer – Vaughan, Canada

BS’D I missed the shabbas project energy in Australia when we moved to Toronto. I put it out there to my neighbours on my block and everyone thought a potluck Friday night was a great idea! Everyone pitched in something and we had Ka”h over 40 of our neighbours! Trying to build on that momentum…

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Aliza Perez – locality, country

I joined some dear friends at a synagogue Shabbat dinner. It has been a long time since I last took part in any sort of Shabbat, and it was really nice to be a part of a community wide celebration

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Anna Gulinska – locality, country

For the fifth year running, JCC Krakow took part in global The Shabbat Project. Our community organizes Shabbat dinners and studying sessions with Rabbis every week but for October 27th we decided to do something special to connect with the global Jewish community. With the guidance of our Hillel Director, Marcjanna Kuba and Office Manager Max Zubek, over 30 members of our community prepared a cold buffet lunch together. Holocaust survivors, families with children, students and young professionals celebrated the beauty of Shabbat together, over a meal. with spiritual input given by Rabbi Shmuel Rosenberg of the progressive community in Krakow, provided spiritual input, and together the community learnt about the special meaning of Shabbat.

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ליאם אלמליח – , ישראל

היי אני ליאם , אני נמצאת בפרוייקט שגרירים , בשישי האחרון לקחתי חלק בפרוייקט שבת העולמית כחלק מתוכנית שגרירים.
השבת הייתה משמעותית , ערכית ומאוד מלמדת עבורי , נחשפתי ליהדות שוב, הכרתי דברים חדשים , הלכתי לבית הכנסת ושמרתי את השבת לאורכה מכול סדנא ופעילות לקחתי דברים ליישום בחיי האישיים .
בעיקר נהננו והתגבשנו כקבוצה.

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Marcy Abadi Rhoads – locality, country

We had a wonderful Shabbos Project in Dallas Texas. We had three Challah bakes: one for 300 women, one for teen age girls (cholent making for teenage boys) and one for the Young Jewish Professionals. We had Shabbatons, Shabbos meals, and Havdallah concerts and Paint ball! An amazing, inspirational and unifying experience. Today we mourn the passing of our 11 brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh, but we remember that we are all Jews and we are all together.

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Aidel Kazilsky – , Israel

Thought we’d share … 4 South Africans in Seminary Chaya Mushka in Tzefat brought the challah bake to their place of learning tonight
They arranged a beautiful evening where the girls learnt about the Shabbos Project and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon. They also learnt about the mystical meaning behind each ingredient of challah and of course they made delectable challahs! Well done to the South Africans – Nechama Kazilsky, Tali Abrahamson, Esti Zwick and Sara Malka Fox… they brought the spirit of Africa all the way to Tzefat!

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Michelle Blumenau – Johannesburg, South Africa

I went to the Shabbos Project at Umlanga Jewish Cetnre, KwaZulu Natal. I sat next to a 63 year old Israeli man, Ilan, who had never kept Shabbos before. He and his wife checked into a nearby guest house so that they could participate in the Shabbos Project. Well done to the Umhlanga Jewish Centre for a five star shabbos experience.

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עומר אלקיים – צפת, ישראל

אני לוקח חלק בתכנית שנקראת “שגרירים צעירים”,בעצם כחלק מהתכנית אנחנו השתתפנו בפרויקט של שבת עולמית, אני זכיתי להכיר את היהדות מחדש, ללמוד על התרבות של קבוצות יהודים מסביב לעולם, ללכת לבית הכנסת לתפילות (מה שלא יוצא לי הרבה) ובסך הכל יצאתי עם חוויה מדהימה, עם חברים חדשים ואני ממש שמח שלקחתי בזה חלק…

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Charlie Berger – Johannesburg, South Africa

It was wonderful to see so many of our congregants, the ones who usually drive to shul, walking and stopping to greet everyone along the way with a smile and “Shabbat Shalom”. For one man, our Chief Rabbi, to have made such a difference all around the world – to help so many Jews become aware of just how incredible our special day of the week is, is nothing short of amazing. We are so privileged to have a man such as Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, as head of our South African communities!

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Michelle Blumenau – Umhlanga, South Africa

When I went to the Shabbos Project at Umlanga Jewish Centre, KwaZulu Natal, I sat next to a 63-year-old Israeli man, Ilan, who had never kept Shabbos before. He and his wife checked into a nearby guest house so that they could participate in the Shabbos Project.
Well done to the Umhlanga Jewish Centre for a five-star shabbos experience.

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howard Sackstein – Johannesburg, South Africa

There is a bus stop with my name on it somewhere in Katherine Avenue, Sandton. On the side of the shelter, it implores me “Howard Sackstein Stop Doing Start being”. Several people called me asking if they were hallucinating while driving through rush hour traffic, I assured them that semi-legalised weed was probably the cause.
But “Doing” is part of my nature, and besides who is crazy enough to listen to a bus stop, especially as my mother keeps on reminding me, I don’t even listen to her. If I were in the habit of following the adverts I read on bus shelters, I would probably have followed the instructions of one of those penis enlargement posters plastered onto the side of most bus stops instead.
I am still not entirely convinced that my target demographic stands at public transport nodes in Sandton, but hell, Shabbos is Shabbos, and all are entitled to a day of digital drought.
And so, in the spirit of “Doing” rather than “Being”, and feeling slightly guilted into action by all of those commuters standing waiting for their mini-bus taxis in Sandton, I decided to organise the Shabbat Project Communal Dinner for Melrose North.
Whatsapp erupted as residents of Westwood Ave all started offering assistance. Chairs, tables, urns, flags, lights, wine, when you set off on a communal enterprise, the community joins in. Lisa Tolkin, my architect neighbour reminded me that I am a man lacking in aesthetic taste, so she would take over layout and design.
In typical fashion everyone loved the menu but required slightly amended versions. Please put the dressing on the side, don’t forget a veg option, can we do this but in vegan, I want the exact menu but with fish and don’t worry ill bring my own dinner in a Tupperware. Now I know what broke Stan & Pete.
What was most heart-warming was that many of our non-Jewish neighbours were delighted to come share a shabbat dinner with their fellow residents, some for the very first time. The great grand-daughter of President Paul Kruger sipped Un-Orthodox kosher wine with guests from London and Australia.
And while the gin and tonics flowed, the colonies were heading for a potential clash of civilizations as my Hindu neighbours newly arrived from India hosted 60 people in a competing dinner to celebrate the upcoming festival of Diwali.
Some of the guests wandered between the very flat signing of Birkat Hamazon (Grace after meals) and the festive lights of the Diwali celebration in Apartment 2. Soon some of our Hindu neighbours joined our shabbat dinner to celebrate the multicultural marvel that is South Africa, with a strong toast of Scottish whisky.
Kids played with Shabbos Project balloons, and threw branded frisbees as they cavorted under the warmth of a balmy Joburg night. Little Mika Uria, described it as the best Shabbat she had ever had.
The last time the neighbourhood had gathered together was about six years ago as we watched the thatched house next door mysteriously burst into flames, the highlight of that evening being saving the poor parrot which was otherwise clearly destined for a spontaneous braai.
The Melrose North Shabbos Project was about sharing and community, and now we can go on ignoring each other until the Shabbos Project 2019.

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Shalev Zrihan – Safed, Israel

I take part of the Shagririm program, which chose to take part in The Shabbat Project.
During the seminar, we were exposed to important and necessary content dealing with the subject of Judaism and Israeli society. We enriched our knowledge by history, current events, and so forth. In addition, we kept Shabbat together and conducted according to Jewish tradition in full.
Definitely a meaningful and fun experience! ♥

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Maya Leone – צפת, ישראל

I’m part of shagririm program, and last Saturday we went to a seminar that was all about understanding a little more about the Jews in the world, about the differences, the difficulties, their point of view, their connection with religion and more. As part of the seminar, we took a part of Shabbat project, went to the synagogue and kept the tradition. It was an amazing, formative and learning experience that made us feel a part of the group, strengthened our connection with religion and also made us understand more about the Jews in the world.

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ליאור כהן – חצור הגלילית, ישראל

הי אני ליאור כהן וגם אני לקחתי חלק בשבת העולמית כחלק מתוכנית שגרירים .
נחשפתי לתכנים משמעותים בחברה בישראלית, ראיתי את היהדות בפן קצת אחר, אבל הכי חשוב עבורי היתה התחושה שאני שומרת את השבת יחד עם המון אנשים שאני חלק ממשהו גדול חזק מאוחד .
,בעולם שלנו כדי לתקשר להרגיש מחוברים משתמשים בטלפון אבל בשבת הזאת הרגשתי את הביחד הזה בלעדיו
בקיצור זכיתי

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Agam Bell – חצור הגלילית, ישראל

It was amazing to be part of the shabbat project. As a secular Jew I am grateful for the opportunity to experience Shabbat in a slightly different way, without telephones and electronic devices, I had a great time connecting with myself, my teammates, and Judaism with nothing to distract me.In addition, i got lucky to make friends for life, i wish everyone would experience the shabbat project, this is one of the most meaningfull
and significant things I’ve done lately.

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נועה חגי – locality, country

אני בתכנית שנקראת שגרירים. בשבוע שעבר היה לנו סמינר ביחד . זה היה מאוד משמעותי בשבילי . התגשבנו כולנו וראינו את היהדות מזווית אחרת . שמענו הרצאות ועסקנו בדיונים מרתקים. ללא ספק הרווחתי המון. קיבלתי הזדמנות “להציץ” לאוך חיים טיפה שונה ,שאולי לא היה יוצא לי לחוות ללא התכנית .נהנתי מאוד.

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