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Event Ideas Gift Shabbat

Shabbat is a gift − the ultimate gift − because it enables us to see that all of life is a gift. Once a week, we pause, breathe deeply and savour life’s blessings.

What better way could there be to connect to its magic than by entering a cycle of giving. That’s why this year we have opened up multiple channels to Gift Shabbat.

Give a meal to a friend,
Give tzedakah to support those who can’t afford Shabbat supplies,
Give some love with a card or flowers for Shabbat to stranger
and more….

Click here to find out how you can organise Gift Shabbat for your community or browse the available gifts. 

Event Ideas Share Shabbat

Shabbat reminds us that we live in a world of abundance, that God is looking out for each of us – and that what we have is what we need.

So let’s share it. This year we are ditching the glitz and glam for no-fuss Shabbat tables we can share together. Think one big communal table, open for 25 hours of love and laughter. No one comes empty handed. Whether you bring a song, an idea on the parsha, a dish or some decor – this Shabbat is for sharing.

We have put together some easy steps and no-fuss tools to get your extended family, community, school, youth movement or street actively sharing and participating in a shared Shabbat table.

Check them out below:

Hosting at home

Bringing my street together

Bringing my community together


Let’s get together like two challahs on a Friday night table!

Our world has shrunk. From Arizona to Nice, we have become so comfortable with digital meet-ups and events. Let’s use this to forge relationships and build real and lasting experiences with Shabbat Project partners across the world. We will embrace our cultural nuances as we come together as one nation preparing for one Shabbat.

From all Shabbat prep events such as challah bakes, cooking demos and learning programmes to joint Havdalah experiences, we are ready to pair you up with a like-minded partner in a complementary time zone, so that you can plan the ultimate pre- or post-Shabbat experience together.

If you are interested in teaming up with one or more partners from around the world, contact us and we’ll connect you.

For some inspiration check out our ideas below and tools and resources to make your event/s spectacular. 

Twinning event ideas

Bake With

The challah bake has always been a fun and inspiring event to bring people together in preparation for Shabbat – and everyone goes home with delicious challah for their Shabbat meals!
This event can be done in person and online in a few different ways:

  • Create a virtual event for your community and a partner community around the world to bake challah together;

  • Let us know and we’ll open up your event as a global event, inviting anyone from around the world to attend;

  • Host a challah conversation between two city representatives, two well-known individuals or two interesting community members. While they bake challah, the two can share some insights, thoughts, lessons and experiences.

Whatever you choose to do, we have some amazing content and tips that will ensure success. Check out our challah bake station

Cook with

Choose a specific food-related theme or share delicious traditional Shabbat recipes. Anything and everything is possible. This could be a single event or a series, and you can host it online or invite a well-known chef to do the honors. The aim is to have fun and help attendees bring the taste of Shabbat home. Choose to share recipes, embrace cultural differences and showcase local traditions. Reach out to celeb chefs or restauranteurs in your community or let us connect you with partners in far flung locations to see if they’ll share what they’re cooking for Shabbat. 

In conversation with

Invite two or more people to come together and share ideas, personal experiences and philosophies around Shabbat. This can take the form of a panel discussion, or just two people connecting. Two Rabbis could discuss the parsha (weekly Torah portion) of the week. Two well-known personalities could chat about what Shabbat means to them. Community members could share their experiences. family traditions, or tips for preparing for Shabbat. Keep it cool and casual l and get your participants busy while they connect — Shabbos shopping, cooking, cleaning, ironing — — think Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. x

Make with

There are so many great activities and crafts that can be made leading up to Shabbat. Challah covers, Kiddush cups, Havdalah candles, activities or games where you learn about Shabbat, to name a few. Create activities for youth, break into virtual rooms based on age groups or preferences, have parents and children play and learn together. You can also choose from our selection of games and activities.

Learn with

There is so much to discover and learn about Shabbat. Understand more about the weekly parsha (Torah portion) or take your people on our seven steps to Shabbat journey, or use the learning experience to share personal thoughts and ideas. You can set up one or a series of these sessions leading up to The Shabbat Project. We have some great inspiration and tools to share with you for this idea:
Table inspiration

Shabbat Musings

Bring it in with

So many other cities around the world have incredible synagogues, Jewish neighborhoods and community centres dating back many centuries, rich with history, beauty and intrigue. Our communities around the world would love to join in for a beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat event on the Friday morning or afternoon before Shabbat comes in and to learn more about our amazing cities and communities around the world. 

Bring it out with

After 25 hours of collective Shabbat experiences around the word - we have the opportunity to connect globally once more and reflect on the Shabbat. What better way to do this then together with a partner city/community. 

Click here for our easy steps and tools for planning your event and making it extra special. 


Look no further for ideas for your event or activity this Shabbat Project. This toolkit comes with ideas, tools and resources to make your event spectacular.