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Eric Janet

Johannesburg
I'm so proud of my husband Eric Janet. He kept the Shabbos Project weekend in Hong Kong whilst away on business. He organized a kosher meal for himself to eat Friday night in his hotel room. On Saturday morning he walked to the Chabad Shul (almost 3 km all uphill in extreme heat ) where he was warmly received .He then had a delicious cholent lunch before heading back to his hotel to wait out the Shabbos. Amazing! Estelle Janet
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Gerald Seftel

Johannesburg
your story of the Hebrides reminds me the the real name for the Hebrides is the Hebrewdes. There is a strong relationship between Scotland and the Scots and the Jews. Think of salmon, herrings, kippers, whiskey, Ben Nevis, Loch ( as in loch in kop) Lomond the islands of Harris and Lewis.. And more I'm sure
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Dvori Mandel

Moscow
Where heaven touched earth- Moscow challah bake 2016 Napoleon is a fancy hall Situated in Moscow’s south west Beautiful decor, high quality service Makes it known as one of the best. Weddings, parties, dance and song They come there from afar Scantily clad ,giddy from the drinks Neatly laid out at the bar. This past Thursday these fancy walls Saw for the very first time What קידוש ה' on this earth looks like Exalted, uplifting, sublime. 400 ladies sitting in circles Making challa dough together Standing in solidarity with ארץ ישראל Our beloved homeland forever. And as we separated that piece of dough And said the special bracha! The lights went out, the music played And we felt tangibly. ...
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Susan Grant

Potomac
Congregation Har Shalom's Sisterhood presented a challah baking class to synagogue members one week prior to the event. On November 11, more than 50 members were placed at various homes to bring in Shabbat together over dinner. The hosts either made the entire meal or guests brought potluck dishes. On all accounts, the participants felt connected, enjoying the relaxing Shabbat dinner together with both old and new friends. The synagogue provided a challah and Shabbat candles to each of the host families.
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Chamie Haber

Norfolk
The Shabbos Project in Norfolk was an incredible experience – even life-changing for some. The Sephardic community from Virginia Beach made a decision to come stay in Norfolk (about 30 minutes’ drive away) for the whole weekend. They brought 26 people and had their own Sephardi minyan in a separate room, and joined The Shabbos Project meals and programming. We also accommodated this community by not serving them gefilte fish; they had their own sweet and spicy salmon. One Israeli couple who works in the jewellery industry had committed to a really profitable jewellery show on this weekend. They backed out of the show and observed Shabbat with their three children instead. On Shabbos afternoon, they said that they were...
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Steve Novis

Johannesburg
I am a chorister in the Great Park choir, and being Shomer Shabbat, I have about a 3.6km walk from shul to my residence every Friday evening. For The Shabbos Project, I received a dinner invitation in the complex where I reside. Because of the storms and floods the week preceding The Shabbos Project, I sent a text message to my hosts earlier in the day alerting them that I could be late if stuck in a storm and that they should commence their meal without me and I would catch up when I arrived. Leaving shul after the service, I heard the rumbling of thunder and saw the crack of lightning on the horizon. A mass of dark cloud...
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Rabbi Avraham Hendel

On Friday night of Shabbos Lech Lecha, 150 people joined Chabad of Baka's unity dinner in honour of the worldwide Shabbos Project. A diverse crowd of olim from across the globe gathered at the beautiful Casablanca Hall, in Jerusalem, for a delectable three-course meal and an inspirational programme, featuring guest speaker, Tamir Goodman (a talented and charismatic basketball star, who Sports Illustrated dubbed "The Jewish Jordan"). On the Thursday before the dinner, I stood in line at the Osher Ad supermarket in Baka, my shopping cart loaded with ice-cream cakes for the event. As I neared the cashier, an Israeli woman in the parallel line, noting the huge pile of frozen desserts, called out: "I'd like to pay for that."...
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Lisa Goldenhersh

Jerusalem
I felt so emotional when I presented a package – and a warm hug – to a female Ethiopian soldier standing guard in front of the Maarat Hamachpela.At another guard post I saw soldiers eyeing the packages and grinning. That really touched my heart, as I thought of my son, a paratrooper, who had stood guard in a similar alleyway in Chevron, just a month ago.On my way home to Yerushalayim, I handed challot to the soldiers at the Tunnel checkpoint. Then, I turned toward Bet Lechem and gave all the police officers and Magavnikim, who were directing the hundreds of people streaming to Kever Rachel on the Yahrzeit of Rachel Imainu…
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Rochelle Lev

Jerusalem
In 2014, the first ever Har Nof Challah Bake was cobbled together on a shoestring budget in less than a week. Sixty women came. The following year was a harrowing year, with the massacre of the five holy Har Nof souls in an unspeakable terror attack, and the start of many stabbings in our streets. An evening of unity and simcha brought the community together and paved a path to healing. Though there were some visitors, and some particularly poignant moments for the community, it was still very much a local affair. This year was a game-changer. As the now seasoned Har Nof team moved into action, we launched the “Har Nof Unity Challah Bake”, seeking to unite all types...
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Bracha Meshchaninov

New City
The final posture in a typical yoga class is called "Shavasanah" – a completely relaxed pose, with one lying absolutely still on the floor with eyes closed. In our studio we jokingly refer to this as the “Shabbasanah” pose. So I thought it would be a cool idea to combine a Shabbos Yoga Retreat with the Shabbos Project… thus the “Tiferet Movement Shabassanah Retreat” was born! People joined us from Brooklyn, Baltimore, Washington DC. There were “locals” from nearby communities like Suffern, New City and Nyack, and from Monsey itself. We also had two guests from Los Angeles who had never experienced a Shabbos before. Our programme included a prayer session on Shabbos morning, guest speakers at all three meals...
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Halle Farber

Phoenix
During the 2014 Shabbos Project, my family and I kept Shabbos together in its entirety for the first time. We lived too far from the shul to walk, so we stayed home, davened together, rested, played board games, talked, and enjoyed the simple beauty of the day. My daughter and I did our first Challah Bake together. By the time the 2015 edition came along, we were already “Shabbos pros”. That year, we walked three miles to shul and three miles back. I volunteered to help with the Challah Bake presentation, and shared the meaning (and fun!) of making challah with nearly 1 000 women and girls. We have since moved houses. We are now less than four blocks from...
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Tamar Ansh

Jerusalem
This was one of the highlights of my entire challah demonstration career. I was zocheh to give a challah event – far more than just a demo – in front of around 1,000 women from every walk of life here in Yerushalayim, Ir HaKodesh as part of the worldwide Shabbos Project. A Word of Thanks Before beginning my story, I would like to publicly thank Rabbi and Mrs. Yehoshua Wechsler of the Emek Learning Center (ELC) who stood behind this event, took upon themselves all the millions of details: people to help put it together, finding donors, and much, much more. The Wechslers put in more than 1000% to make it all come out as great as it did! Surprise...
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mike wachira

Nairobi
Hi All, I love the Sabbath. It's my holy day of rest from all worldly affairs. Glory be to God who gave mankind the Sabbath.
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Rachel Perl

Immanuel Israel, a Messianic congregation, proudly joined in the Shabbos Project for the second time. We wanted to blow the top off so everyone around us could hear our music and our joy as well as the inspirational message given from the Bible. So, we took our service outdoors! The surrounding neighbors heard from the first blowing of the shofar to the end with our cantor chanting the Aaronic Blessing over all. Afterward, we had an Oneg so the joy of Shabbat could continue. Young and "young at heart" enjoyed this special time. Plans are already being formulated to make it even bigger and better next year! Thanks Shabbos Project! Let's keep the momentum going until every Jewish person plays...
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Rachel Perl

San Bernardino
Immanuel Israel, a Messianic congregation, proudly joined in the Shabbos Project for the second time. We wanted to blow the top off so everyone around us could hear our music and our joy as well as the inspirational message given from the Bible. So, we took our service outdoors! The surrounding neighbors heard from the first blowing of the shofar to the end with our cantor chanting the Aaronic Blessing over all. Afterward, we had an Oneg so the joy of Shabbat could continue. Young and "young at heart" enjoyed this special time. Plans are already being formulated to make it even bigger and better next year! Thanks Shabbos Project! Let's keep the momentum going until every Jewish person plays...
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Ruth Prager

Elizabeth
I was in West Orange for that Shabbos.l enjoyed the Carlebach davening Friday night I enjoyed the choir, especially great nephew, Yehuda Zimberg singing.
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ELISA NICOLAIEVSKY

Buenos Aires
Fuimos con mi hija, mi nieta y una amiguita de mi nieta y su mama. Para mi fue la primera vez. Una experiencia emocionante y conmovedora que continuo al dia siguiente en la mesa de Shabat incluyendo, en ese momento, a los hombres de la familia. GRACIAS por permitirnos vivir experiencias como estas!
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תמר בונה

נתיבות
שבת עולמית בנתיבות- קידוש בגריאטרי- כחמש משפחות הגיעו לעשות קידוש עם הקשישים ולשמח אותם. מרגש מאוד התגובות של הקשישים. סעודה שלישית בשנימוקדים בעיר בהובלת קהילת נתיבים וגרעין מגשימים. בשכונת ברית כהונה התאספו כ15 משפחות. בבית פיס לקהילה התאספוו כ-12 משפחות. אווירה נעימה ויפה. תודה על הזכות לקחת חלק...
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Zev Kahn

We decided to do something different this year - to go to a neighborhood where almost everyone is FFB (frum from birth). Eli and Chasi Davis graciously hosted the students and the Kahn and Garfinkel families in their beautiful house, which has a social room built just for occasions like this. Later, members of the community joined for some spirited singing, including the new viral song "It's geshmak to be a Yid." Students ate at their hosts Shabbat day and the Lichtman family hosted the third meal and havdalah. It was just the way Shabbos should be.
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Joyce Oxfeld

I was invited to stay over by Orthodox friends. At Ahavas Torah Shul, the Men were joined in part singing prayers by the Bell's Singing Chasidim and it was heavenly, I went to a Shirum given to the Woman by Rbzn Shemtov on Lech Lecha , at a good friend's home. Then at night I went to B'nai Israel in Rhawnhurst to see the singing Chasidim again and an illusionist, with many tricks and humor. Felt great to be back with my community again. Next day, had reunion at Judah's Grill , in NE Philly, with my first Congregation's reunion, Adath Zion. Food was great and so was schmoozing with old friends.
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Clarisa Morgenstern

Buenos Aires
Fui con mi mama, mi hermana y con amigas. Fue mi primera experiencia en el Shabbos Project, maravillosa, unica, estar alli con 7.000 mujeres amasando jala, al aire libre, una noche unica. Ojala en año proximo se repita y puedan acompañarme mis hijas, nuera y nietas. Felicitaciones a las organizadoras.
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Nitzan Bergman

Baltimore
“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” ― Mahatma Gandhi As I read through the feedback from the Baltimore Shabbat Project, my faith in the Jewish people as one people is restored. Most impressive are the comments from the 3, 500 women and girls representing every part of our diverse community who came together to make Challa bread for Shabbat. This event was also sponsored by donors representing the entire community. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks points out in his book One People, “Recent history has convinced us that the Jewish destiny is indivisible. But it is a unity imposed, as it were, from outside. Neither anti-Semitism nor anti-Zionism, we believe, makes...
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Esther Hertz

Vancouver
Yeshiva PTI in Vancouver Canada. First challah bake.
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ILISE CHAROY

Haddonfield
Our images of Shabbat are not selfies or a crowded collection of faces squished together beyond recognition. Our images are the Shabbat table in daylight the large chair with a tallish and a prayerbook in French and the refurbishing of the synagogue in Annemasse France . Through the magic of photography we cross the Atlantic ocean to bring you two places for one Shabbat. The images of peace and quiet bespeak the Shabbat we know and love every Shabbat everywhere . From Annemasse France To Haddonfield USA from year to year from sea to shining sea.
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