Bringing share dividends to Brighton with special Shabbat

Sharing economy expert is behind drive to encourage congregants to share goods with those in need


The co-author of a book on sharing is behind a “Share for Shabbat” event this weekend at Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, which she hopes will be adopted by other shuls.

“The idea is to encourage congregants to share food and products with people in need in their localities, as well as having the opportunity to discuss the importance of sharing,” explained Benita Matofska.

Along with photographer Sophie Sheinwald, the sharing economy expert has compiled Generation Share, highlighting the positive impact sharing has made on the world economy and on individuals’ physical and mental health.

Its publication coincides with Global Sharing Week, the largest annual international celebration of sharing.

Ms Matofska, founder of The People Who Share organisation, said the book included examples of sharing and collaboration in Israel, among them the Jerusalem Food Co-operative; the Sur Baher composting project, run by Palestinian women in East Jerusalem; and WEconomize, which helps organisations and municipalities design, plan and operate sharing platforms.


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