Office of the Chief Rabbi

ShabbatUK @Kenton

Event

ShabbatUK at Kenton comprised a good balance of learning and socialising, thanks to the contributions of guest speaker Rabbi Michael Pollak, who was warmly received, and the communal lunch that brought members together. Rabbi Pollak led a learning session on Friday night in Rabbi Black’s home, and imparted his knowledge further at a Shabbat Kodesh programme that followed Shabbat morning prayers, and then again in the afternoon. Participants saw out Shabbat with an upbeat musical Havdalah.

Objectives

To have a truly communal Shabbat, and include members and maybe non-members who attend infrequently

Evaluation from Irene Leeman:

“We had a wonderful scholar in residence in Rabbi Michael Pollak, and we had a wonderful Shabbat ruach with Zemirot at meals, led by our own Rabbi Black and members of the community. The good mixture of learning, relaxing and resting well over Shabbat maintained a Shabbat atmosphere and the sense of a united community. Attendees enjoyed listening to our speaker so much that they would like to invite him back – maybe a learning series could be on the cards.”

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