From Sunset Friday to the Havdalah Ceremony Saturday – Baltimore Celebrates 2016 Shabbat

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Sunset Friday, November 11 through sunset Saturday, November 12:  Shabbat, at various synagogues, agencies, organizations and private homes.

“It’s a big deal,” says Nisa Felps, the project manager who organizes and oversees the Baltimore branch of the project, dubbed the Baltimore Shabbat Project. “It’s going to be in over 1,000 cities around the world. That’s what is just incredible, to know you’re not just doing this alone.”

During the Shabbat, individuals, synagogues and organizations all over the city organize dinners and other events. After sundown on Saturday, the week culminates with a Havdalah ceremony followed by a Matisyahu concert at Ram’s Head Live!

“In Baltimore, we have a beautiful, big, engaged Jewish community with over 100,000 people,” says Felps. The goal this year is to involve 40,000 people in Baltimore-based events.

Felps emphasizes that the Baltimore Shabbat is open to all and not affiliated with any particular denomination. She also notes that the events are financially accessible – the Sunday event is free, the challah braid is $10, the concert is $15 and there is scholarship money available for those who can’t afford the ticket prices.

“It’s all about unity and coming together and a love of people,” she says. “It’s really something very special. We encourage anyone even thinking about coming to make an effort. It will be worth the time.”

For more information about the Baltimore Shabbat Project, or to get involved, visit www.baltimoreshabbatproject.org.

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