It’s hands-on as the day of rest is wel­comed

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

HUN­DREDS OF peo­ple were at­tracted to events in the run-up to this week­end’s Shab­bat UK, the na­tional cel­e­bra­tion of the day of rest.

In Leeds young Jewish rap­pers starred in a video to pro­mote the Chief Rabbi’s ini­tia­tive. Shab­bat Rap has been re­leased on­line and stars Year 6 pupils from Brodet­sky pri­mary. View the Shab­bat Rap Shab­bat UK on the JC’s web­site or on vimeo.com/140581198.

Stan­more and Canons Park Syn­a­gogue’s Shab­bat UK warm-up in­cluded a learn­ing pro­gramme run by Rabbi An­drew Shaw. He said: “For one unique and spe­cial week­end we are ask­ing as many of our mem­bers as pos­si­ble to keep the full 25 hours of Shab­bat and join over a mil­lion Jews across the world in this project.”

Kisharon’s Tuf­fkid Nurs­ery in Gold­ers Green marked the event by hold­ing a chal­lah bake over a two-day pe­riod in which 30 chil­dren took part.

Side by Side school in Stam­ford Hill pre­pared for the day of rest with a spe­cial Shab­bat UK Mummy and Daddy kab­balat Shab­bat.

Wood­side Park Syn­a­gogue’s prep- ara­tion for Shab­bat UK saw over 120 peo­ple at­tend a Ready Steady Cook style event with chef Philip Small and Rabbi Pin­chas Hack­en­broch pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity with ideas to spice up their Fri­day night cook­ing.

Rabbi Barry and Naomi Lerer of Bar­net Syn­a­gogue vis­ited mem­bers in their homes and spoke to them about the beauty of Shab­bat and ran ed­u­ca­tional evenings at the shul.

The White­field com­mu­nity at­tracted more than 300 peo­ple to 10 venues for dis­cus­sions on “Shab­bat — a 3,000-year-old in­sti­tu­tion — is it still rel­e­vant to­day?”

Food re­dis­tri­bu­tion char­ity Gift launched a so­cial me­dia cam­paign invit­ing peo­ple to post on Face­book a pic­ture of a dish that they cooked for the sab­bath with the hash­tag #out­theoven -— tex­ting the words “shab55£3” to 70070. Sup­port­ers will be do­nat­ing £3 to Gift to go to­wards Shab­bat UK food pack­ages for fam­i­lies in need.

Gift also worked with schools, youth move­ments and ched­ers across the UK to make 4,000 be­samim sets to be used at hav­dalah cer­e­monies.

Two-year-old Chayim Roedi­ger was bowled over at Tuf­fkid Nurs­ery’s chal­lah bake

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