Shabbat UK, take 2

September 24, 2015

It barely seems possible that it has been almost a year since last year's first, and hugely successful, Shabbat UK, so vivid are the memories.

Over 100,000 of us took part in the largest ever communal project. Now it is time for this year's Shabbat UK on October 23-24 - a bigger and even better occasion, with which the JC is proud to be associated as the media partner.


Why Shabbat UK answers Burnout Britain's prayers

By Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum, September 24, 2015

Earlier this month the TUC released statistics showing a 15 per cent rise in people working more than 48 hours per week, the maximum allowed under the EU's Working Time Directive (WTD). The worrying increase suggests significant numbers of people are struggling to maintain a proper work/life balance.


Chaplaincy offers advice on festival class clashes

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

A chaplain is usually a student's first port of call for a hot Shabbat meal or some religious advice. This year, the majority of universities begin term during the Yom Tov period, with some fresher's fairs falling on Yom Kippur and classes clashing with Sukkot.


Injury time ruling saves Shabbat soccer

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2015

Israeli football was almost shut down last weekend following a battle over the legality of playing on Shabbat.

At the last moment, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein supplied the Israeli FA with a legal opinion that there was no need to enforce the labour law in the arena of professional football because matches had been always held on Shabbat and therefore the status quo could remain.


WATCH: ShabbatUK 2015

August 12, 2015

This year the Jewish Chronicle is media partners with ShabbatUK, taking place on 23-24 October. Watch the video above to find out more


Israel lacrosse team forced to forfeit match after refusing to play on Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, July 28, 2015

An Israeli lacrosse team playing in the sport’s World Championship in Scotland has been forced to forfeit a match for not playing on Shabbat.

The under-19s side, made up of 15 and 16-year-old amateurs participating in their first tournament, arranged with opponents Finland to play their match on Wednesday instead of Saturday.


Shabbat meals for central London students

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

Students in London will have a new option when it comes to Friday night dinners, thanks to the University Jewish Chaplaincy service.

From October, the group will host Shabbat meals at synagogues in the capital in co-ordination with the Union of Jewish Students.


Too much technology can switch off Shabbat

By Rabbi Ariel Abel, June 4, 2015

In recent months social media was buzzing with news of a revolutionary invention for Jewish homes: the KosherSwitch. A new frontier has been pushed back in halachic history - no longer may it be forbidden to turn on the electric lights on Shabbat and festivals. For observant Jews, reining in the everyday impulse to flick on a switch is a central pillar of how Shabbat is different from a weekday.


Woman wins £16,000 damages after firm wouldn't hire her because she wanted to observe Shabbat

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2015

A Jewish woman has been awarded more than £16,000 in damages by an employment tribunal after being rejected for a job because she would not work on Shabbat.

Aurelie Fhima said her application to work at a Manchester-based car rental firm was turned down after she revealed she was Shabbat observant and could not work on Saturdays.