Office of the Chief Rabbi

ShabbatUK @Redbridge

Event

Participants in Redbridge’s ShabbatUK Friday night service and Young Families dinner were left wanting more as they expressed a desire to come back for more Kabbalat Shabbatot. The next day saw a full ShabbatUK schedule, as the scholar-in-residence Joel Sager – Headteacher of Pardes House Primary School – led a discussion at the Cholent Kiddush and local MP Wes Streeting came to discuss local issues after an upbeat and sociable communal lunch. Almost 40 people stayed on for Mincha and the Seuda Shlishit, rounding off their full Shabbat experience with quirky Havdalah led by Joel.

Objectives

To bring young families together for a flagship Shabbat event to give them a real Shabbat and family experience

To help kick-start an ongoing programme with this age group

Evaluation from Mike Callaghan:

“The Shabbat UK banner was hung right across the front of the Shul so that everyone realised what the occasion was. The Friday night meal in particular was a great success, this being the first one for many years, and from the feedback we feel that it should be a more regular event.  We showed the community that keeping Shabbat could be interesting and fun, and that they could enjoy a day of learning, singing, eating and relaxing in good company. We definitely want to do this type of thing on other occasions besides Shabbat and it has given us something to build on.”