The high­light — prayers at 19,000 ft

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

IT MAY not be the largest ser­vice tak­ing place dur­ing Shab­batUK, but it is al­most cer­tainly the high­est.

Rabbi Ari Shain­feld is plan­ning to lead Shab­bat prayers at 19,000 feet on top of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro.

Rabbi Shain­feld, who is as­so­ciate rabbi at St John’s Wood Syn­a­gogue in north-west Lon­don, will be part of an in­ter­na­tional group of 30, in­clud­ing eight from the UK, climb­ing the moun­tain in Tan­za­nia in aid of the spe­cial needs char­ity Shalva.

He says he is ex­cited about tak­ing on the “ex­tra chal­lenge” of hold­ing a Shab­bat ser­vice at high al­ti­tude.

Many of the climbers are not Shab­bat ob­ser­vant but, said Rabbi Shain­feld, they have signed up to take part. “This will be to­tally out of the or­di­nary, a Shab­bat we will never for­get,” he said.

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