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