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Ori Messer-Harel

Emek Yizrael
“When these kibbutzim and moshavim were founded almost a century ago, there was a genuine togetherness, people looked out for each other, everyone was in it together. This was the spirit of the early pioneers. Over the decades, that strong sense of connection and community has dissipated to some extent. But the Shabbat Project was a chance to bring it back. Even if it was just for one Shabbat. I’m not religious but it makes me happy to play a part in bringing people together and helping people rediscover ancient Jewish traditions that are still very relevant – maybe more than they’ve ever been.Somewhere along the way, some of us have lost who we are, through our politics...
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dan Chaitowitz

Johannesburg
One Shabbis, buried in a cave in Tsefat on the Ascent campus around a mass meal with the oddest of balls, they asked, ‘so, dude, what inspires you in Torah?. For many a year I didn’t want to be like anyone else for donning the white button-up, the black pants and the groovy but standard-issue black hat and studying gemarah lacked individuality. ‘how can I look the same, think the same, do the same. I’m my own person, man, I’m my own being. Don’t shoebox me. Don’t pigeon hole me. Let me wear my All Star Connies, let me eat my Steers burger, let me listen to my vinyl tunes, let me be me, let...
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Temple Sholom's Sholom Scouts

Vancouver
Last month, Temple Sholom's Sholom Scouts attended The Shabbat Project Challah Bake. The Scouts had a wonderful time making and braiding beautiful challot in the company of friends and the greater Vancouver Jewish Community. Taking the time to prepare the divine dough got us thinking about how grateful and blessed we are. Sholom Scouts put together drawings of challot along with a few words of what we’re thankful for. This beautiful artwork work showcases how each time we make challah, we put our positive energy into what soon becomes a beautiful symbol of Shabbat. Thank you so much to The Shabbat Project for including us in the Challah Bake, we can’t wait till next year!
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Marcelle Mervis

Bethesda
Yashar Koach to you all!!! You can add Bethesda, Maryland to your list :) We had a very successful Shabbos Dinner in our home. Invited 23, very mixed crowd. Some we had never met. Half knew nothing about Shabbos. They all got on well. Two slept over, as we live far from the community and from shul. We walked an hour and twenty five minutes to shull Shabbos morning. We had GOOD SHABBOS and SHABBAT SHALOM balloons attached to the mail-box at the street. I made individual mini challah rolls with notes in them, which triggered wonderful conversation. People opened up about their memories of their special Shabbat, and what they try do now. One couple told that they light candles late,...
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Gene Portnoi

Netanya
I first read about the public challo bake online in the Macdonald's shul newsletter and thought that I would like to attend. I arrived a little early, by which time all the tables were laid with disposable aprons, chef's hats, bowls filled with a bag of flour, weighed up oil, sugar, salt, dried yeast, one egg and bottles of water - I helped attach the last few balloons to a few tables. The atmosphere was already magical with many women standing by the gates waiting to come in and many onlookers sitting at tables, ready to watch the big challo bake. At 7.30 pm precisely, the ladies were allowed in and went to a table. It began with two or three...
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ora katz

Netanya
an event that was planned in about 10 days, by 2 women, hoping to attract some 50 women, ended up attracting some 800 people, at a time when due to the security situation most were not frequenting public places! A great time was had by all! Lots of joy, togetherness, upliftment, positivity and holiness!
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Tatiana Itskova

Ташкент
This Shabbat I met in Israel with my friends. I came for a week to visit, and I was lucky that I got on Shabbos project.We lit candles at home and went to the big synagogue in Bat Yam. To describe my feelings impossible, because Uzbekistan does not have such a large community, and there is such a large synagogue. I was thrilled!After the synagogue we walked on the street and I could hear in the neighboring house sing Shalom Aleichem. Those who live in Israel will not understand me because they hear it every Shabbat. For me, it was something magical!At home was waiting for us a delicious dinner, which is prepared for my friend Lisa....
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Tzvi Abady

Los Angeles
I just wanted everyone to know that in Los Angeles on Pico Blvd, the street was closed off to traffic, because there were going to tables and chairs placed on this street accommodating 2700 people. They all came to honor the Shabbat by celebrating it together on the streets of LA. I heard that this was a taste of what it will be when the Mashiach comes. At any rate, Jews had to opportunity to be together whilst sanctifying G-Ds name. This event was a plug for all Jews. Go Jews.
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Gavriella B

זכרון יעקב
With challa from a Jerusalem Challa Bake, we spent Erev Shabbat with good family friends and grandparents with a whopping 3 divrei tora, a post-bat mitzva celebration and Chinese lanterns.
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Henry Goodelman

New York
Having the opportunity to celebrate the Shabbos here in the Midwood Flatbush community that I am fortunate to call home, many of my fellow Yeshiva Aish HaTorah alumni, and countless more baalei teshuva and unaffiliated young professionals and students were able to come together for an incredibly enjoyable stream of programming, seudahs(meals), and events! My Jewish nonprofit recycling organization, ReJews, was actually fortunate to be able to help sponsor the beer with the support from MillerCoors and Tenth and Blake on behalf the Blue Moon Brewing Company by the Shabbos meal where all of the guests were able to take part in eating the freshly baked world record for the longest Challah!
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Morah Miriam Vorchheimer

Melbourne
We created a Shabbat Project atmosphere at Chabad Malvern Creche by joining all our Shabbat Party tables togther and having all the children share in a unified Shabbat experience.
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Dylan Berger

Johannesburg
Two quick stories I would like to share: 1. This Shabbos Project, I spent it with 2 of my closest friends. This was the first time in our whole friendship that we spent a Shabbos together and it was their first time keeping Shabbos in over ten years. 2. The Challah bake is a brilliant concept. My mom and sister don't keep Shabbos and in fairness they didn't keep Shabbos fully over the Shabbos Project. However they both attended the Challah bake and now they bake challah together almost every Shabbos since then. Well done for the amazing work!!
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Yitzchak Perlis

Côte Saint-Luc
I was in Safed Israel for shabbat and was at the AriZal's mikveh and felt truly mystical after my bath. For Havdallah, i entered a strangers home to recite the kiddush.
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Tova Schwed

New York
6 days before the shabbos of the Shabbat Project, someone reached out to me to coordinate the Shabbat Project in our neighborhood. We were able to have over 100 people (split between 2 different Friday night meals) join to celebrate Shabbat together. The people came from all different denominations. Everyone either bought, baked, cooked food. We had singing, divrei torah, and plenty of food. It was fantastic!
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Menachem Mendel Dubov

Sparta Township
Our idea here was to encourage people to do Friday evening in their own homes and invite guests. People are not so hot on that in our rural area... To this end I printed your "toolkit" and gave it to every participating family along with 2 Challos - and wine if they invited a guest. That Sunday a mother of one of our Hebrew School children told me that her image of a "proper" Shabbos prier to this was one of many limitations etc. But upon reading the toolkit her entire image of this kind vanished. It was explained that it is a day of connecting with G-d, family, etc. This is only the beginning... Yashar Koach!
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Bryan M

Johannesburg
I come from a traditional frum family but do not keep Shabbat myself. That aside, my wife and I decided to participate in TSP. On the Friday afternoon 'erev' TSP, I was incredibly busy with work and deadlines, not knowing what to do first, or how to get done what was needed. I suddenly found myself looking at the clock, but for a different reason. Not to see the time I had left, but to see the time I still HAD to work before I would be obliged to stop, as Shabbat was coming in, and this week, I was observing it...
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Etai Dekel Chen

Shuva
On Moshav Shuva on the Gaza border, the settlement’s two very distinct demographics – one the old yishuv establishment with members that have lived there for decades, the other a group of young, bohemian families that had moved en masse to the area five years ago – unearthed newfound common ground, putting aside differences and joining together for a Shabbat lunch on the lawns of the moshav (the idea was replicated the following Shabbat).Says Etai Dekel Chen, one of Shuva’s ‘old guard’: “What's very moving, to me at least, is that originally, The Shabbat Project campaign wasn't even aimed at ‘us’. We are all observant, keep Shabbat, etc. No advertisements or press were channelled to our area or featured...
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Keli Rae

Fernley
33 strangers – none of them affiliated – attended an open-invitation Shabbat dinner at the home of Keli Rae in Fernley, Nevada. It could well have been the majority of the city’s entire Jewish population.Keli moved to Fernley from Sydney three years ago to be near her family who had gone there for work: “It was a bit of a shock to move from a big Jewish community to this tiny city of 19,000 residents but at least I had one student – my three-year old granddaughter. We would make challah and prepare Shabbat together and she was like a little sponge and asked, ‘Bubbie? Are there other Jews in the world?’ Now she knows there are a few – at least in Fernley....
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Eliora Stahl

Karmiel
50 ladies came together for a challah bake. We learnt about the mitzvah of challah and the importance of keeping shabbos as we prepared our dough. We sang shabbos song accompanied by live music and went home with shabbos candles and a calendar containing information about Jewish opportunities in Karmiel and most important - telling us the time of shabbos every week so we can light our shabbos candles. The local billboard also displayed images informing the public of the challah bake and the upcoming shabbos when we will be 'keeping it together'.
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Dalia Bressler

Vancouver
This past weekend our family participated in the Shabbat Project. It was our second year participating in this wonderful community event. This year, we knew what we needed to do to make the experience even better than last year. We decided early on to connect with our friends who live around us. We decided to have a family Shabbat dinner. We got together in the beginning of the week, planned the menu and discussed the logistics of serving and cleaning up a big dinner while completely observing Shabbat. We were 5 families with 15 kids and we had the most amazing evening. We sang songs, made Brachot including blessing all the children and the wives, and enjoyed a delicious dinner. It was...
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Tania Hammer

Sydney
That moment at the Challa Bake when Esther Wein, who was brought out by South Heaf Synagogue said 'Hi Sydney. It is an honor to be here, to have the advantage of being one of the first communities in the world to bring Shabbat in'. How many Shabbatot have l not realized this privilege?! There was another spectacular moment when Esther told the story of her grandfather Rav Shimon Schwab's shabbat with the Chafetz Chaim when Rav Shimon was on his way to America from Germany. 'Be a Torah leader' said the Chafetz Chaim. Rav Shimon Schwab hard wired to his heart and soul and transformed American Jewry. He became the Gadol HaDor of the last century.
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michael hubert

Chennai
dear Shalom I am happy to forward the photos taken ON 26th sat 2015 during the beginning of FEAST OF SUKKOTH, Jewish festival called FEAST OF TABERNACLES, this commemorates that man is temporary dweller in this world and also it signifies to celebrate this festival for 8 days in a temporary dwelling. We had a small tabernacles filled with photos of chocolates, flowers , cakes, fruits, menorah and real fruits too. This is celebrated on 7th month of Jewish calendar TISHRI , kindly have a look . In fraternity MICHAEL .R.HUBERT FOUNDER DIRECTOR SHABNAM RESOURCES (REGD NON PROFIT ORGN) OLD NO 5 NEW NO 13 BUDDHA STREET RANGARAJAPURAM CHENNAI 600024 phone : 0091 44 24721379 E.MAIL : [email protected] web : www.shabnamresources.com
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MICHAEL HUBERT

Chennai
shaboos project, we had a great celebrations for the shaboos project in our city , more than 40 children were present and showing their solidarity to Israel and relevance of Sabbaths. we had dance of rejoicing by the children and later shared special cake . yes we continue to talk to children about creation and goodness of Eternal and more specifically to pray for israel. just few weeks ago we had a gala celebration of sukkoth. kindly see the photos. michael. r. hubert chennai india
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Brett Perlstein

Plettenberg Bay
Jews from around the globe shared in the shabbas project in the tiny beach town called Plettenberg Bay whilst on holiday. It was amazing to see!
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Sharon Faith

London
My husband and myself together with 2 other couples who are close friends decided to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversaries by taking a trip to China. It was a Kosher tour, run by an Israeli company for Anglos. We found our selves in Guilin on that particular Shabbat together with a group of Israelis. We were both small groups with neither having enough for a minyan so I suggested to my tour leader that it was a little crazy for two jewish groups staying in the same hotel in the middle of China neither with a minyan not to spend it together. Everyone agreed and we had a great shabbos especially as the other tour guide told us that making a...
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