The Shabbat Project’s return to Atlanta, as well as cities around the world, brought extra ruach (spirit) to the celebration of the weekly holiday Oct. 23 and 24, regardless of denominational differences that often divide the Jewish community. The celebration actually started Thursday night, Oct. 22, when some 600 people crowded into the Marcus Jewish Community Center gym for the Great Big Challah Bake, and concluded two nights later, when New York band Zusha performed a Havdalah concert at Atlanta Jewish Academy. During Shabbat itself, in addition to special dinners and other events at individual congregations, the highlight was a block-party Kiddush held in the front parking lot of Congregation Beth Jacob for the enjoyment of all of Toco Hills. (For what we hope are obvious reasons, we don’t have photos of the block party or any of the other celebrations during Shabbat.)

The photos on this page come courtesy of AJT contributor R.M. Grossblatt, Atlanta Jewish Music Festival Executive Director Russell Gottschalk, Allan Regenbaum and the Marcus Jewish Community Center.