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.


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.