BERGENFIELD, NJ - Congregation Beth Abraham of Bergenfield is preparing for a weekend to connect its Jewish community with The Shabbos Project, a worldwide event from Oct. 23 - 24.
“It’s about taking a break from the rat race,” said Yitzchok Weinberger, the coordinator for The Center for Jewish Identity. “It seems restrictive, but at the same time it is very liberating.”
In accordance with tradition, nearly 300 attendees will take communal meals and refrain from work and the use of electronic devices for 25 hours between Friday and Saturday evening. They will also take time to socialize, rest and reflect with others in the community.
Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, a father of five from South Africa, started the event two years ago. It grew to include 465 cities and over one million Jews with special events over one weekend in October. Although members of the Jewish community celebrate each weekend with a period of rest and worship, the event is intended to remind people to reestablish the tradition in their regular lives.
“I've attended over 2000 Shabbos overall. It’s a very powerful message about connecting with the people around us and with a very fundamental part of Jewish tradition,” Weinberger said.
MORE INFO: ShabbosProjectBC@gmail.com
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