Shabbat

Arsenal star's Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

German World-Cup winning footballer Per Mertesacker has revealed that a visit to Auschwitz as a teenager was one of the most memorable moments of his life. "Me and my schoolmates hugged each other for the first time in our lives.

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Shabbat UK has made history

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, October 30, 2014

We set our expectations high - and British Jewry exceeded them.

We are still under the spell of a mesmerising and historic weekend.

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Shabbat UK: 'It's been a game-changer for involvement'

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2014

Shabbat UK has been hailed as a "game-changer" by the rabbi who volunteered to coordinate the nationwide celebration.

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We're all thriving in these baking conditions

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2014

More than 3,000 women - and a few men - gave an extraordinary start to the Chief Rabbi's Shabbat UK by participating in the world's largest challah-make.

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

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Shabbat UK: Lighting up Edgware

October 30, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis started off his own Shabbat UK at Edgware Synagogue, where hundreds danced around the shul during the Kabbalat Shabbat service.

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Shabbat UK: Small shuls reap rewards for thinking big

October 30, 2014

Smaller shuls made big efforts to involve as many members as possible in Shabbat UK. For example, at Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue, some 200 people - a large proportion of the membership - accepted invitations to Friday night dinners hosted by 17 congregants plus minister Rabbi Samuel Landau and his wife, Rachel.

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Shabbat UK: Belmont brings cutting edge to its programme

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2014

Shabbat UK had been "the most incredible weekend", Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told an audience of 350 at a communal lunch at Belmont Synagogue, north London. When the idea had been proposed, he "never dreamt the initiative would be such an amazing success".

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Shabbat UK: Sitting pretty in Prestwich

October 30, 2014

Dinner had to wait at Manchester's Prestwich Hebrew Congregation due to the extended dancing to chazan Adam Caplan's Kabbalat Shabbat service. Bury South MP Ivan Lewis was among those dancing in the aisles.

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Shabbat UK: Enjoying their free time

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2014

Bushey Synagogue's leadership applied the principle of "the best things in life are free" to maximise involvement in Shabbat UK.

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Shabbat UK: All roads lead to party time in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2014

Getting into the spirit of Shabbat UK, families in Links Drive, Elstree - all stalwarts of Elstree Shtiebel - held an impromptu Friday night party. They invited Jewish friends and neighbours from the road and adjoining Barham Avenue, as well as fellow shtiebel congregants.

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