Friday, November 11–Saturday, November 12
The Tidewater community has many programs and functions to bring together various groups of Jews, including organizations for young adults, older adults, teens, college students and various synagogues. What if one event could bring together Jews from various backgrounds and ages under the auspices of Shabbat?
This question was asked in South Africa a few years ago and the answer was to create the Shabbat Project. The idea was to get as many Jewish people together as possible to observe one Shabbat as a community. Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of Jews around the world followed South Africa’s lead and joined in this phenomena.
Last October, the first ever Shabbat Project took place in Norfolk. It was a smashing success with members from across the Jewish community joining together for an unforgettable Shabbat experience. The event began at B’nai Israel, with a song filled Friday night service followed by a meal attended by more than 200 people. The following day there were programs for all ages, including games for kids and adults, as well as interactive classes. The day ended with an inspiring third meal, followed by singing and stories. When Shabbat was over, everyone made their way outside for an uplifting, “Under the stars,” Havdalah service with more singing and dancing.
The Shabbat Project is planned again for next month. Visit www.theshabbosproject. org to register and call 757-627-7358 or email office@bnaiisrael. org to make reservations for the community Friday night dinner.