A day of rest — then there’s a party to go to

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

THE BIG­GEST HAVDALAH party in history — that’s what Shab­bat UK or­gan­is­ers are aim­ing for as the cli­max to the na­tion­wide cel­e­bra­tion of the day of rest.

The party, on Oc­to­ber 24, is tak­ing place at Brent Cross, north-west Lon­don, in an area with space for up to 5,000. It is be­ing planned as a ma­jor event to mark the end of the week­end.

Or­gan­iser Rabbi Marc Levene said the event would al­low peo­ple who had marked Shab­batUK in their own com­mu­ni­ties to get to­gether for one big cel­e­bra­tion.

He said: “The party is an op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als who, af­ter en­gag­ing in their lo­cal Shab­batUK events, can come to­gether with ev­ery­body and close the Shab­bat. It is go­ing to be ex­tremely ex­cit­ing. We are go­ing to try to break the record. We want to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get in­volved and book tick­ets online.”

As well as food and ac­tiv­i­ties, there will be en­ter­tain­ment from Is­raeli singing star Yishai Lapi­dot and a chil­dren’s scratch choir.

The num­ber of par­tic­i­pants is ex­pected to ex­ceed last year’s inau­gu­ral event, launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, which at­tracted more than 100,000 from all over the coun­try.

A spe­cial Fri­day night din­ner for stu­dents will be held in a cen­tral Lon­don ho­tel. More than 80 tick­ets have al­ready been sold for the cross-com­mu­nal event, which is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Union of Jewish Stu­dents and Univer­sity Jewish Chap­laincy.

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