All of Ottawa’s Jewish congregations, representing the entire spectrum of Jewish denominations, as well as other organizations that typically provide Shabbat services and programming, are set to participate in The Shabbat Project, an observance of Shabbat and Jewish unity taking place around the world this weekend.
Ottawa’s participation in The Shabbat Project came together quickly after Rabbi Howard Finkelstein of Congregation Beit Tikvah wrote an article in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin (“Calling all congregations! Let us celebrate Shabbat as a community,” September 22) urging the city’s congregations to join in this celebration of Shabbat on October 24 and 25. This special Shabbat observance originated last year in South Africa’s Jewish community.
Each participating congregation and organization will observe Shabbat in its own way and then come together on Saturday evening at 7:30 pm (Shabbat concludes at 6:47 pm) at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre for the Community Unity Havdallah.
A committee of rabbis is working with the Jewish Federation of Ottawa to plan the Havdallah, which will include a performance by Shtreiml, the acclaimed Montreal-based klezmer band and desserts. The event’s cost has been entirely underwritten by an anonymous donor so it is free of charge. All are welcome.
Contact congregations and organizations directly for information on how each plans to observe this special Shabbat.