For the third year, Ottawa’s Jewish community joined Jews with Jewish communities around the world, November 11-12, in observing and celebrating Shabbat. The Shabbat Project, which began in 2013 in South Africa and has spread to the far corners of the world, encourages Jews to “do Shabbat” on one particular Shabbat.
Congregations and other organizations in Ottawa that offer Shabbat programming all participated in the Shabbat Project in some way on November 11 and 12 and then came together as a community at a special Unity Havdallah service and celebration.
Many synagogues held communal Shabbat dinners, while individuals and families were encouraged to host others in their homes for a traditional Shabbat meal. [Read more…]