The Shabbat Project:
In 2013 on Parshas Lech Lecha the Jewish community of South Africa rallied behind an initiative from the Chief Rabbi of South Africa to get South African Jewry to celebrate one Shabbos together. It was an incredible success and over 75% of South African Jews kept Shabbos together last year (SeeThe Shabbos Project 2014). This year the Shabbat Project has turned into a global initiative being held on Parshas Noach,October 24 -25 2014. Over 170 cities across the world are participating and the potential to rally Jews behind a Shabbos of Unity is enormous.
In Toronto The Shabbat Project is a grassroots campaign with a focus on people inviting their neighbours for Shabbos meals. Many shuls are hosting large Shabbos meals with speakers and special programming. As well, there is a Challah Bake for 4000 women on Thursday night Oct. 23rd, and a Havdallah concert on Motzei Shabbos. Because this is a global initiative not affiliated with any particular organization, there is a great opportunity to spread awareness about Shabbos and to create long lasting relationships with those less affiliated, centered around Yiddishkeit. While the main focus of the project is the Shabbos itself, the program's plan is to open the doors to continued follow up through new connections to neighbors via block parties (Shabbos meals for the block, hosted by volunteer families), through new connections to outreach organizations and shuls that will host events on that Shabbos, and through connecting people via our website to organizations like Partners-in-Torah and other local kiruv organizations.
Please help with this project by:
1. Hosting a block party and inviting your neighbors
2. Inviting other non Shomer Shabbos acquaintances
3. Joining and/or creating community programming for this Shabbos
4. Support the project to help cover the many expenses by donating online
or by cheque made out to "Beth Oloth" and earmarked For "the Shabbos Project". Cheques can be given to your shul representative or mailed to 68 Brucewood Cr., Toronto ON M6A 2G8