Sydney counts down to 2018 Shabbat Project

October 5, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Now the high holy days have been and gone, momentum is building for the Shabbat Project in Sydney now three weeks away on 26th– 27th October.

All across the city, from Bondi to Parramatta to St Ives, an innovative line-up of events is being planned across the week and during Shabbat.

This year’s grassroots focus sees several joint collaborations between organisations to deliver engaging events that capture the essence of Shabbat. The line-up of events includes an epic Communal Shabbat Lunch in Dover Heights, bringing several shules together including Kadimah, Dover Heights, JLC & JNF will certainly be an event not to miss. A program of Inspirational speakers and Family program is also on offer.

There will be many Challah Bakes to select from, including another East Hub Event – Ladies Challah Bake & Dance party in Dover Heights featuring live music from Sincopa.

Shalom will be hosting an innovative Shabbat Tent in a giant marquee at Bondi Pavillion. A festival of chilled vibes in a tech-free space will run throughout Friday night and Saturday with young adults invited to share in a taste of Shabbat, unplug and relax as they enjoy meals, mindfulness workshops and more.

And of course a full line up of kids programs from OBK, JEMS, Shalom Baby & BJE, Youth Minyans and mindfulness sessions. With so much on offer, there is sure to be an event to appeal to everyone.

“The Shabbat Project is all about bringing our community together to experience the joy of Shabbat, which is integral to our Jewish identity,” explains Kate Samowitz, lead project manager for the Shabbat Project.

“Planning is well underway and we are excited by the number of events on offer that will enable us to dis.connect from technology and re.connect with  family & friends.”

In today’s day and age, the constant beeping, buzzing, ringing and pinging entices people to be slaves to their devices. With such overload, it is no wonder that mindfulness is the zeitgeist of the 21stcentury.

“Shabbat offers us an important opportunity to slow down in our increasingly hectic world, to unplug from technology that has become so immersive in our lives and simply reconnect with what is important” states Samowitz.

“On this special Shabbat, it is about feeling a sense of connection”, says Samowitz. “Make this Shabbat exceptional by choosing at least one program or event that resonates with you, whether it is joining a Shabbat dinner or lunch, coming to a challah bake or hosting your own special Shabbat meal.”

To book now, find out more or for the program of events visit shabbatproject.org.au. New events are being added regularly, so people are encouraged to check back over the coming weeks.

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