One Shabbat. One Million Stories.

Shaked Halfon – Safed, Israel

I’m in shagririm program, a program who made me understand how important is to realize what mean the shabat for the orthodox jews in isreal, last shabat me and my mates to the program were toghether all of the shabat and kept the tradition for 2 days it was an amaizng time and im vety proud of my religion.

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Romi Gutman – locality, country

החוויה שלי הייתה ממש משמעותית והחוסר הטכנולוגיה וחשמל הביא את הקבוצה שלנו לאיחוד
מטורף. הלחנו ביחד לתפילות ולמדתי המון דברים שלא יעדתי על היהדות שלי בקיצור היה ממש כיף

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לינה טורקין – locality, country

אני חייבת לציין, שהסמינר היה מאוד מוצלח. בימים הללו יצא לי להכיר את היהדות בפן אחר .. טיפה יותר דתי. מאוד נהנתי בתפילות בבתי הכנסת והרגשתי חיבור מאוד גדול לה׳ ולכל הקבוצה.

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Sarah Moshel – , Australia

Our son Eli,organised the gathering and we the folks provided the food.
We had a group of 30 young men and women who joined us.
Many were from orthodox homes, who had decided to leave their roots and religious lifestyle.
It was really special to see these young men and women want to spend a couple of hours in an orthodox setting around a Shabbat table. Enjoying each other’s company, enjoying the ambience, and away from the pull of the phones and technology.
We had a great dinner, much laughter and joy, connections and sharing.

Melbourne Australia

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Karina Jalusi – , Argentina

Fue la primera vez que se hace en mi provincia san luis de la mano de melanie raisman fue muy emocionante para mi hacer el amasado de la jala muchas gracias por dejarnos ser parte de esta hermosa actividad seguramente habrá muchas más

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Danny Soskin – Paraná, Argentina

Algunos años participando de celebraciones en otras ciudades, creíamos que era el momento de que Paraná, capital de la Provincia de Entre Ríos, cuna de los famosos Gauchos Judíos, pueda ser sede también de la celebración del Shabat Mundial.
Sólo unos pocos, con la firme determinación, fuimos modelando el sueño.
Primero poniendo fecha y un “Save the date” para que ya no hubiera un marcha atrás.
Luego sumando gente con donaciones y trabajo para involucrarlos y comenzar con las compras de materiales.
A medida de avanzar los días, las ideas se iban sumando y sumando, quizás más de los que podíamos hacer, pero sin embargo, BH todo se iba logrando para llegar al evento.
De ser unos pocos anotados para el jalatón, se fueron sumando más y más llegand la hora del evento.
El desborde de alegría fue total, amasado, baile, canto, comida, cuentos, en orden y mezclado, ya no importaba nada ya que el sentimiento de unión y felicidad era total.
Como broche de oro, el gran jazán argentino Oscar Fleisher, relatando la importancia de la halajá y cantando al final con su hermosa voz.
En fin, algo increible que seguro dejará una marca imborrable en nuestra pequeña kehilá de Paraná.
Ahora seguiremos el domingo con un show de Stand Up con un humorista uruguayo para coronar un Shabat fuera de serie.
Una mención especial merece mi esposa Verónica Elberg, que asumió el desafío casi en soledad, poniendo ganas, pasión y trabajo para que todo salga perfecto.
Shabat shalom queridos amigos de todo el planeta, hasta la próxima!!!

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Daniela Lowinger – Panama City, Panama

When Avi,the barber heard that the Shabat Project was happening, he wanted to be part of it in a very special way. He contacted the organizers and told them that he was offering a free hair cut for any man or child that would come to his barbershop. Avi’s offer was announced in the synagogues of the community in Panama.

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Neal Bendayan – Hewlett, United States

Hello everyone at the Shabbos project!
I just wanted to thank you, for helping me inspire my children. I am a divorced father of three, and my ex-wife is not religious anymore. I decided to host a Shabbos project lunch this coming weekend and we invited only the kids from the neighborhood. No parents. Some religious. Some not. We currently have 20 to 30 children coming over after school for a meal. One of the parents was so inspired, that they invited all of the other parents to come to them for Shabbos lunch. And then everyone is coming back to us for dessert. There are times where I feel that I’m struggling to keep my kids connected, but this weekend seems to be reinvigorating the fire. Thank you for an amazing experience!

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Ariel Greenberg – West Hempstead, United States

When I’m encouraging Shabbos, Shabbos encourages me

Recently I recovered from an extended illness and began looking and applying for employment.
Unrelated, the Shabbos Project was coming, and my mother wanted to invite a certain guest for that Shabbos.

Since we only had her street address, my mother suggested that she would prepare a written invitation to mail. I offered to, instead, personally drop off the letter in her apartment building while I was doing some errands in that area.
I had many errands and thought of changing my mind a few times as the time got tight. When I finally came to the building, the guest-to-be was coming into the building at the same time. We started up a conversation and the guest mentioned that she knew of a job for me!
I marveled at the Hashgacha of delivering the invitation at a random time and being met by Hashem’s shaliach in person, all in the zechus of the Shabbos Project.

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Captain Shlomo Shulman – , Iraq

Shabbat Shalom from Iraq
We are on the Coalition military base in northern Iraq.
So nobody is going
to be joining us who we don’t already know.
But I think it’s cool to say there are Jews in Iraq participating in The Shabbat Project this weekend. And there are more at Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring
in Kuwait, as well!

Y’shkoyach guys

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Christo & Rita Boshoff – Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

The tears of Havdalah

It is now 7 years we have changed and stepped into Shabbat. At first it was a lonely road in a vast world of knowledge but we kept walking forward. We are growing although we are not living in a Jewish Community as there is no Shul or Rabbi in our area in South Africa. We however created a place of learning to all who wants to know about Shabbat and the Torah. As we enjoy our weekly Torah Studies on the Parasha and Haftorah, every week on Saturday evening around the Havdalah table, when the flame goes out, the tears flow as we have to end a day we never imagined could have existed in a world where everything is fast pace and where “urgency becomes priority.” But on Shabbat we are in a different world, a world of “shalom becomes priority”. Our tears are flowing on Havdalah as we set out the flame of Shabbat to rejoin the world in it’s race against time, and we leave behind the sacredness and security of Shabbat. May these tears always be tears of longing for the shalom of eternity in the olam haba, when the world will exist of Shabbat and no tears will be shed ever again.

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Roxanne Stein – Johannesburg, South Africa

I am beyond excited to spend the Shabbos Project at Chabad of Greenstone! We are having a dinner, a night in Morocco, with guest speakers, Mordechai and Rochel Zlotnick. We will be having a luncheon after shul with the Zlotnicks. This promises to be a very special Shabbos with the Pink family!

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Lana Wilder – Arizona, United States United States

Arizona, United States United States Life-changing suggestion “October 2014 seems a long time ago. Then, I was an unaffiliated, unobservant, secular Jew married to an unaffiliated non-Jew. A friend suggested that I consider checking out the Great Arizona Challah Bake.

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