Atlanta last year was one of 1,150 cities worldwide to participate in the third annual Shabbat Project, which attracted an estimated 1 million participants.
This year’s festivities are scheduled for the final weekend of October and include a Kiddush block party in Toco Hills, the Great Big Challah Bake at the Marcus Jewish Community Center and a large Havdalah concert at Atlanta Jewish Academy with music by the Eitan Katz Band and local hip-hop artist Sammy K.
The Great Big Challah Bake will kick off the celebration Thursday night, Oct. 26. More than 800 women from metro Atlanta are expected to participate in the mitzvah of making challah together. The cost is $18.
On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 28, Toco Hills congregations and other organizations are joining to host a free Shabbat block party Kiddush luncheon outside Congregation Beth Jacob. Young Israel of Toco Hills, Torah Day School of Atlanta, Atlanta Jewish Academy, Congregation Netzach Israel and the Atlanta Scholars Kollel are among the gold-level sponsors. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.
That Saturday night the Shabbat Project will conclude with a free concert that will include a kosher nosh buffet and an open bar, thanks to event sponsors A Plus, Jimmy Baron and Associates, Business CFO for Hire, Cotton Cravings, and Federal Savings Bank and Physician Loans. The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is producing the concert.
The Shabbos Project started in South Africa. Rabbi Warren Goldstein, the current chief rabbi of South Africa, asked South African Jews to observe Shabbat in the traditional sense for one week, all together, during Parshat Lech Lecha.
Atlanta has participated the past few years in the global event, which is unaffiliated with any stream of Judaism.
For more information on the Shabbat Project in Atlanta, visit atlanta.theshabbosprojectusa.org.