The ‘Shabbos Project’ is a beautiful initiative to encourage all Jews to keep one full Shabbat together. The idea originated last year in South Africa, where the majority of the country’s diverse Jewish community joined together to observe a single Shabbat, most for the first time in their lives.

The International Shabbos Project will take place on the Shabbat of 24/25 October 2014 in more than 212 cities and 33 countries around the globe.

In Tel Aviv, the initiative is being spearheaded by Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn of the Tel Aviv International Synagogue (TAIS), White City Shabbat, and the Great Synagogue on Allenby. Events include Kabbalat Shabbats on the beach, Community Shabbat Dinners, a pot-luck Shabbat picnic on Saturday, and a beautiful closing ceremony.

Full list of events:

 * Kabbalat Shabbat – Kick off the ‘Shabbos Project’ in style with a beautiful Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat on Frishman beach organized by TAIS, followed by Champagne Reception. Unity Kabbalat Shabbat will also be hosting a Kabbalat Shabbat on Frishman beach, hopefully they will be able to team up!

* Friday Night Dinner – TAIS are hosting a community Shabbat dinner to celebrate the ‘Shabbos Project’ – there are still a few tickets left – followed by Oneg Shabbat (tickets are 80 NIS for members, 100 NIS for non-members, Oneg Shabbat is free)

* Friday Night Dinner – White City Shabbat are hosting their own community Shabbat Dinner at the Goren Shul followed by Oneg Shabbat (tickets are 85 NIS, free for lone-soldiers, Oneg Shabbat is free)

* Saturday Lunch – Continuing the ‘Shabbos Project’, White City Shabbat have organised a Kosher Pot Luck Picnic at Independence Park – its free, so please just come with kosher eats, drinks, blankets, frisbees, dogs, friends & smiles

* Saturday Havdala – Bring out the ‘Shabbos Project’ in style – The Great Synagogue on Allenby is hosting the closing ceremony – including mincha, and an hour after Shabbat a musical havdala and pizza party

Shabbat Shalom LeKoulam!