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.


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.