Welcome to our global, grassroots movement that brings Jews from across the world together to celebrate and keep one complete Shabbat.
It all started in South Africa in 2013, when Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein called on the community to keep the Shabbat of 14 October together – to astonishing effect. In the days and weeks that followed, communities across the Jewish world lit up with the excitement of the prospect of bringing The Shabbat Project to their city.
The idea is simple: Jews from all walks of life, from across the spectrum of religious affiliation, young and old, from all corners of the world – come together to experience the magic of one full Shabbat kept together – in full accordance with Jewish law.
The wholehearted embrace of The Shabbat Project by Jews from across every conceivable divide – language, culture, background, geography, level of observance – demonstrates in the most graphic fashion the depth and beauty of the connection between Shabbat and the Jewish people.
The Shabbat Project transcends the barriers that divide us. It’s our opportunity to renew family and community life, restore Jewish identity, and unite Jews across the globe.
It’s about creating a new Jewish future together.
The Shabbat Project Manifesto
Together we will keep this Shabbat from sundown to stars out.
We will keep it in its entirety, in all of its detail and splendour, as it has been kept throughout the ages.
Its rhythm will unite us with Jews around the world and throughout the ages.
On this day we will create a warm and loving space, holding our families together.
On this day we will lay down the burdens, distractions, demands and pressures of daily life.
On this day we will renew ourselves, emerging spiritually, emotionally and physically invigorated.
On this day we will own our precious heritage, wearing it as a badge of pride and honour.
Together we embark on this great adventure to rediscover our G-d-given gift of Shabbat.
Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein is the current Chief Rabbi of South Africa and the founder of The Shabbat Project. In his 12 years in office, he has launched and led a number of revolutionary initiatives that have changed the landscape of both his own community and indeed world Jewry.
He is passionate about The Shabbat Project, which has united Jews in over 1 150 cities and 95 countries through the keeping of one complete Shabbat together.
A qualified dayan, Rabbi Goldstein has published several books, including Sefer Mishpat Tzedek, Defending the Human Spirit and The Legacy. The Chief Rabbi has a PhD in human rights and constitutional law and is a regular columnist for The Jerusalem Post.