Sit at the World’s Biggest Shabbat Table with Baltimore’s Shabbat Project

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Preparing for Shabbat, on October 22 up to 4,500 women and girls will make challah dough at the Timonium Fairgrounds.
Preparing for Shabbat, on October 22 up to 4,500 women and girls will make challah dough at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Started in 2013, the international Shabbos Project brings together Jewish communities from around the world to celebrate a global Shabbat celebration. In the Jewish faith, Shabbat is a joyful day of rest, spiritual enrichment, and a sacred day to remember and observe. Over 1 million Jews participated worldwide in the 2014 Shabbat celebration from over 475 cities.

On October 21 – 24, the Baltimore Shabbat Project will join the worldwide event and bring together Baltimore’s Jewish community for Shabbat, a challah bake, a magic show, and Moshav concert. The four-day event guide is below with information about: the Magic of Shabbat, The Great Challah Bake, Shabbat Meals, and the One People One Concert. It’s expected that over 50,000 Jews from Baltimore will participate in the Baltimore Shabbat Project.

The Baltimore Shabbat Project will bring our city's Jewish communities together for a four-day worldwide celebration.

“This event is unique from other community events in that it’s authentically all-inclusive.  No matter what kind of practices, traditions or foods that our Jewish community enjoys, we are celebrating as one people with one heart.” said Liora B. Hill, the event’s co-chair. “We, as Jews, have a history of coming together when we are threatened, afraid or grieving. At the Baltimore Shabbat Project we can come together to enjoy and celebrate who we are.” she said.

The cornerstone of the Baltimore Shabbat Project will be the Shabbat community meals and programs from sunset October 23 to sunset October 24. Shabbat will be held at synagogues, agencies, organizations and in private homes. The experience is open to all denominations and affiliations.

The Baltimore Shabbat Project will bring our city's Jewish communities together for a four-day worldwide celebration.
The Baltimore Shabbat Project will bring our city’s Jewish communities together for a four-day worldwide celebration.

Check out the 2015 Baltimore Shabbat Project event and info guide:

The Magic of Shabbat (community event for grandfathers, fathers, and sons)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Designed for a thousand grandfathers, fathers, and sons. Along with a magic show performed by Arnie Kolodner, guests will make their own silver yads, Havdalah sets, play Gaga, Minute-To-Win-It, and trivia games.

The Great Challah Bake (women and girls)

Thursday, October 22, 2015 6:30–9 p.m.

Maryland State Fairgrounds

Imagine up to 4,500 grandmothers, mothers, and daughters prepare traditional bread (challah) for Shabbat under one roof. All challah ingredients are included plus aprons. Guests will  take their challah dough home for baking.

Shabbat Meals

Sunset Friday, October 23, 2015 to sunset Saturday, October 24, 2015

Synagogues, Agencies, Organizations, Schools & Private Homes

From lay-led “block party” style meals to classes and discussion groups to cross-denominational synagogue meals and worship, every member of the community will have the opportunity to make this a special Shabbat to take place across Baltimore.

One People One Heart Concert Featuring Moshav

Saturday, October 24, 2015 8–11 p.m.

Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

This year, The Baltimore Shabbat Project will engage children from all denominations in making spice bags and Havdalah Candles which will be distributed to thousands among the community as all gather together for a FREE Moshav Concert!

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Laurel writes the environmental GreenLaurel column every other Thursday in the Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of UVA's MBA program, she spends her time with her family and making "all things green" interesting.
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