Inside the cover of "Around the World in One Shabbat
" is a colorful world map with pinpointed locations for all the children who are visited as they prepare and celebrate their many Shabbats
I was doing Shabbats with people, having never participated in a real Shabbat growing up; I was learning Torah every week for two years from a Hasidic gay man; I was being taught songs; they taught me how to lay tefillin for the first time; one of the rabbis I met got me my first pair of tefillin.
So in those silhouette tableau shots we enacted Shabbat, we enacted the blessings over the wine, we did a wedding.
There's a mystical saying that if every Jew in the world observed two Shabbats in a row, the Messiah would come the next weekend,'' said Rabbi Mark Sobel of Temple Beth Emet in Burbank.
The words of the commandment, found in Exodus 20:8, will be the message for Jewish congregations participating in Shabbat Across America on Friday.
Coaxing unaffiliated Jews to come to a Sabbath, or Shabbat, service has been the annual goal of the National Jewish Outreach Program since 1987.
In addition to the January events grant recipients Congregation Kol Shofar, in Tiburon, CA; Congregations Sha'ar Zahav will also be hosting Synaplex Shabbats in February and March.
As a result of the grant, three of the Bay Area synagogues will host simultaneous Synaplex Shabbat events January 19-20 which will be open to the public.
Synaplex is STAR's Shabbat roadmap for strengthening Jewish community by engaging individuals more deeply in Jewish life on their terms and is currently being implemented in over 140 synagogues across the country.
The two sites will give the congregation a choice of different kinds of services on the same Shabbat
: musical and learning services, family-oriented and adult, and two different `Tot Shabbats
,' Friday night services designed for preschoolers.
Shabbats are usually family affairs, a traditional Friday night dinner during which Jewish families welcome in the Sabbath.
On Friday, the tradition will move out of private homes and into public venues when two local organizations hold community Shabbat dinners at which everyone - including non-Jewish people - are welcome.