Shabbat

Thousands join in challah bake as Shabbat UK gets off to a triumphant start

By Simon Rocker, October 24, 2014

More than 3,000 women – and a few men – gave an extraordinary start to the Chief Rabbi’s Shabbat UK by joining in a mass challah bake in London last night.

The response was so great that there were nearly 800 on the waiting list for the date with the dough at Allianz Park in London, home of Saracens Rugby Club.

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PM and political leaders voice support for Shabbat UK

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

More than 7,000 people are expected to take part in mass challah-making sessions in 26 locations around the UK as a prelude to Shabbat UK, the national Sabbath celebration launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis this weekend.

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Shabbat UK volunteers demonstrate how to get your challah in a twist

October 23, 2014
Ahead of Shabbat UK's Great Challah Make Off this evening, Rebbetzin Dove demonstrates how to knead your dough and plait your challah.

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Shabbat UK video competition

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014
Shabbat UK and educational resource group Jewish Interactive have launched a competition to promote Shabbat UK.

Entrants are asked to submit videos about Shabbat UK and the best video will win a tablet computer.

Maureen Lipman, Vanessa Feltz, and Ivan Lewis MP are among those to already make clips.

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Celebrities sign up to the Chief's Shabbat project

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2014

Chief Rabbi Mirvis's Shabbat UK event, set to take place in four weeks, has received endorsement from celebrities.

Actress Maureen Lipman, radio presenter Vanessa Feltz and singer-songwriter Alex Clare have recorded promotional videos, encouraging participation in Shabbat activities.

More than 100 synagogues, school and other groups are planning events to enhance celebration and observance o

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Bake-off launch for Shabbat UK

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said he has been "swept away" by community reaction to his Shabbat UK initiative, set to take place next month.

More than 100 synagogues, schools and other groups are planning events to enhance celebration and observance of the day of rest on October 24 and 25.

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Brent Cross will stage mass challah-baking

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

For one day later this year, Brent Cross shopping centre will become the country’s largest Jewish bakery.

It will be the venue for a mass challah-making event to prepare for Shabbat UK, the national celebration launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The aim is to encourage as many Jews as possible to observe the day of rest over October 24 and 25.

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Shabbat email kept me off missing Malaysia plane

By Lauren Davidson, March 13, 2014

A man has claimed he decided not to take the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared last Saturday because of a “miraculous” intervention by his observant travel agent.

The man, known only as Andy, said he had asked the agent to book him a seat on flight MH370, which vanished with 239 passengers and crew on board.

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My beautiful Shabbat

By Maureen Lipman, February 13, 2014

For once I’m ahead of myself. The table is set for ten, the chicken is pre-casseroled, the one vegetarian – bah, humbug – has been catered for and the high chair is out, even though the grandchild won’t actually sit in it. All that’s required is a dash to the deli for veg, fruit and challah.

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Government issues new Shabbat guidelines in benefits row

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued special “Shabbat” guidelines to ensure observant Jews are not denied benefit for refusing to work on Saturdays.

An internal memo entitled The Jewish Sabbath, seen by the JC, has been distributed to Jobcentres across the country.

It tells staff that the laws and customs of the “Jewish holy day” include “resting from work.”

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