Inspirational speaker Yossi Goodman is joining Congregation Beth Tefillah’s fourth annual participation in the international Shabbat Project, which covers Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28.
The project, which began in South Africa five years ago, includes events at many synagogues as part of an effort to have one Shabbat all Jews can experience together.
Communal events in Atlanta include the sold-out Great Big Challah Bake with some 850 women making bread Thursday night, Oct. 26, at the Marcus Jewish Community Center and a Kiddush block party outside Congregation Beth Jacob in Toco Hills midday Saturday that is expected to draw 500 people, making it the largest lunch associated with the Shabbat Project in the world.
At Beth Tefillah at 5065 High Point Road in Sandy Springs, where project participation is led by South African native Brian Gordon and co-chair Bobbi Livnat, a Friday night dinner with Goodman speaking about beating the odds is sold out.
But Goodman, another South African native who now lives in Montreal, is also scheduled to speak about divine providence during Saturday morning services around 10:15, to address teens at 11 and to talk around 1 p.m. after a free Kiddush lunch.
Gordon also said that if you have no plans for Friday night, contact the shul at 404-843-2464.
“We have never turned anyone away without a tasty Shabbat meal, together with singing and tremendous sprit,” he said.
Gordon said Rabbi Yossi New and his son Rabbi Isser New, who lead Beth Tefillah, are strong supporters of the Shabbat Project because it ties into the Chabad philosophy of showing every Jew the beauty of Judaism and welcoming every Jew into the community.