Courtesy of JNS Challah and candles

Courtesy of JNS

Challah and candles


(JNS) More than 1 million Jewish people are expected to keep Shabbat in 1,500 different cities around the world for the Shabbat Project, which takes place from Nov. 15-16.

Last year, an equal number of people in 101 countries, and 1,511 cities and towns, took part in the project. Organizers believe that they will have a higher number this year since cities in Meknes, Morocco; Kigali, Rwanda; Nahariya, Israel; and Le Grand Mort, France, will also be joining in.

Participating cities will organize challah bakes, family and community dinners, festive prayer services, children’s activities, concerts after the Saturday-night Havdalah ceremony that marks the conclusion of Shabbat and a week-long celebration focused on the traditions of Shabbat.

A mindfulness-and-meditation challah bake will also take place this year in Mexico City, as will “pink challah bakes” to raise breast cancer awareness in 20-plus U.S. cities. Also on tap is an attempt in Melbourne, Australia, to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest


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