Office of the Chief Rabbi

Community meals and high-profile speakers for Alei Tzion’s ShabbatUK

Event

There was something for everyone at Alei Tzion’s ShabbatUK, which offered a community lunch at Shul, stellar speakers and a more informal Friday night dining initiative known as ‘Come Dine with Alei’. This placed the emphasis on coming together and getting to know new people. The high profile speakers at the Shabbat lunch were the renowned solicitor advocate Anthony Julius and barrister Richard Rampton QC, who provided insights into the case of Deborah Lipstadt that was recently dramatised in the film Denial. CCE also helped fund childcare that included a creche, a puppet show and a circus skills workshop.

Evaluation from Shoshana Goldstein, Organiser:

”It was a wonderful day that brought lots of different people in the community together. It brought people who do not regularly come to events and allowed people to socialise with new people. I think it impacted the community in a positive way. The speakers were really interesting and the general community feeling was great. We definitely got a lot more people than expected which was an achievement!’

Participant Feedback:

  • ‘It was well organised, with excellent speakers. The whole weekend was enjoyable and gave a fantastic sense of community cohesion.’
  • ‘It was lovely to be hosted by new people on Friday night and amazing to have the entire community together for a Shabbat lunch and event. There was a lot on offer including great food, company, speakers and activities.’
  • ‘We really enjoyed the event. It was extremely well organised and it was clear that a lot of effort had gone into the preparation. The speakers were very interesting and the kids’ entertainment was fantastic. Well done all!’