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The Shabbos Project: What You Can Do

Everyone in the community can get involved. Community members need to roll up their sleeves and tap into inventive ideas to advertise the Shabbos Project and into ideas to implement the weekend of October 23-24.

Families can invite unaffiliated neighbors and co-workers to a Shabbos meal. Children can be made aware of those invitations and the goals of the Shabbos, and assist their parents in preparing food for those private meals, or for communal meals that the local shul might be coordinating.

Initiate a program in your shul, be it a communal meal or havdalah, a shiur about an aspect of Shabbos—in-reach can be just as important as outreach.

Ambitious children can devise a meaningful program to make this Shabbos into something other children will want to be a part of and get excited about. (One such idea, crafted by a 14-year-old, was The Shoelace Project, wherein students in his school who signed up for the Shabbos Project and got three friends or family members to do the same, received a yellow shoelace. The school quickly filled with these laces and everyone wanted to be a part of the “club”—more ideas are posted on The Shabbos Project website (click on youth): https://www.theshabbosproject.org/en/what-can-i-do.

Mothers and daughters can join other women in the Bergen Great Big Challah Bake at The Rockleigh Country Club (Thursday, October 22) to bake challah for Shabbos. Money raised at the bake will be donated to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence in Israel.

Bergen County shuls are seeking shul representatives to work on programming for October 23-24. Please contact Daniella Lejtman ([email protected]) for more information. To register for the Bergen County Great Big Challah Bake, visit https://15635.thankyou4caring.org/greatbigchallahbake.

 

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