International Shabbat Project Receives Record Attendance During COVID
The Shabbat Project, an annual event that has lasted for nine years, received a record number of people participating in 2021, despite numerous COVID-19 restrictions in their respective cities.
Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein, Founder and Director of the Project, said: “I am moved by the resilience and daring of our thousands of partners and volunteers around the world whose efforts have led to record participation in the midst of headwinds of the consequences of the pandemic. “
The event involves Jewish participants attending mass Shabbat lunches, dinners, concerts, Shabbatons, etc.
“The visceral connection between Jews of all origins and Shabbat was clearly visible during the weekend’s events across all barriers of language, culture and level of observance,” Goldstein continued.
Shabbat events in Latin America have taken place in Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico.
While the event originated in South Africa, the Shabbat Project was run from its headquarters in Tel Aviv.
A new initiative within these unique Shabbat events includes the “Shabbox,” which is a special gift box designed to help young Jewish families experience the joy of sharing Shabbat together. Other campaigns included “Pick a Mitzvah” and the “Challah Challenge”.