Progressive students are all kitted out for Shabbat

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2015

Progressive students will be fully equipped for Shabbat on campus thanks to new kits provided by Liberal Judaism.

The kits contain a special Kabbalat Shabbat siddur, a £50 food voucher, Kiddush wine, candles, yeast and a challah recipe, and a havdalah set.


When Twitter really was a community social network

By Jessica Weinstein, October 16, 2015

Today I helped man the JC’s Twitter takeover with the Chief Rabbi. As media partners of ShabbatUK, the theme of the takeover was Shabbat, and readers and Twitter users were encouraged to take part using the hashtag #weloveshabbat.


Give us back a second day

By Miriam Shaviv, October 15, 2015

When night falls and Shabbat goes out, I feel a tinge of sadness. My 25-hour rest is over, and it's back to the grindstone.

Last week, as we made havdalah, my heart soared. Finally! We were entering a five-day work week. Since mid-August, what with the summer holidays, Bank Holiday and the High Holy Days, I've only had one full week of work.


The 'highlight' of ShabbatUK- prayers at 19,000ft

October 15, 2015

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.


Shabbat UK: A day of rest - then there's a party to go to

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

The biggest havdalah party in history - that's what Shabbat UK organisers are aiming for as the climax to the nationwide celebration of the day of rest.

The party, on October 24, is taking place at Brent Cross, north-west London, in an area with space for up to 5,000. It is being planned as a major event to mark the end of the weekend.


Tweet the Chief Rabbi next week for Shabbat UK

October 8, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will be taking over the JC Twitter account to answer questions as part of Shabbat UK.

Rabbi Mirvis has asked readers to email or tweet their questions about Shabbat and he will answer them online on October 16 between midday and 1pm.


Call for Shabbat UK volunteers

By JC Reporter, October 1, 2015

Congregations around the country are requesting extra volunteers to help with the explosion of events being organised for Shabbat UK.

According to organiser Rabbi Daniel Rowe, 300 additional madrichim have been asked for.

"Communities need the extra support. The overall number of madrichim, including people already in the communities, will be around 1,000," he said.


Schools on song as kids switch on to Shabbat

By Charlotte Oliver, October 1, 2015

The badges have been printed, the banners raised and the countdown has begun as 27 Jewish schools prepare to take part in Shabbat UK.

This year, more than 2,000 students are expected to attend the Chief Rabbi's Kabbalat Shabbat party, which will be held on Friday October 23.