16 human beings, 16 souls,
Joining together in a moment where words are unnecessary to celebrate Shabbos.
Let’s Chalk Shabbat
It’s time now to get the whole world chalking Shabbat for the Shabbat of The Shabbat Project.
And we want you to get your graffiti on in your city/neighbourhood. Here’s how it works.
“Ain, tzvei, drei,"
My children count to three in Yiddish with me, as we wave our hands over the flames, my girls and my two little boys, all of our hands creating shadows on the walls from the candle light.
I cover my eyes and say the blessing out loud with them.
We think we do it for G-d. But, really, we do it for us.
We are surrounded by the most dazzling display of materialism in the history of the world. And, somehow, amid all this intense physicality displayed to satisfy any desire we might have, we still manage to shut down.
The Cracks in the Sidewalk
Every week, when we walk to shul, let’s notice the world around us. It's not zooming by at 60km an hour, or on the periphery as we try and meet our fitness goals. The 10-minute walk to shul is my opportunity to notice what’s going on right outside my door.
Lech Lecha - The Source of all Blessing
The Torah says, “Go for you from your land … and I will bless you and I will make your name great and you will be a blessing”.
In the media
The 2017 Shabbos Project garnered coverage in major mainstream publications such as the Chicago Tribune, the San Diego Tribune, the Huffington Post and the London Times; major Jewish media houses such as the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, Algemeiner and JTA; local Jewish newspapers across the US; and all of Israel’s main news sites.
At the hub
At The Shabbos Project headquarters, in Johannesburg, a team of designers, copywriters and campaign strategists worked around the clock, custom-designing materials for literally hundreds of cities, putting together global reports and executing print-runs in the tens of thousands.
From the field
To co-ordinate the initiative on a global scale, the head office in Johannesburg worked with more than 8 000 partners worldwide – up from 6 000 partners in 2016.
Around the world
This year’s fourth international Shabbos Project reached 1 416 cities and 97 countries around the world – up from 1 152 cities and 95 countries in 2016. More than one million people took part in celebrations on and around the Shabbos of 27 and 28 October, with events attracting record numbers of participants in many locations.
One Shabbos – big deal?
“This coming Shabbos, our Father in Heaven will have eight of His boys home for Shabbos."