Office of the Chief Rabbi

Stanmore: 220 Challenge


A landmark learning event in the week before ShabbatUK brought a strong sense of community into the homes of Stanmore United members as attendees signed up to hear talks addressing different aspects of Shabbat. Seven guest speakers presented a rich array of topics to over 170 people at seven homes, building on the excitement created pre-ShabbatUK to connect congregants more closely to their Jewish identity.


To provide people with a deeper understanding of Shabbat ahead of ShabbatUK
To generate more excitement around ShabbatUK

Evaluation from Rabbi Fine

This event set the perfect prelude to ShabbatUK. All the speakers spoke about Shabbat and the community loved the choices available in genre, host and speaker. Also, for the community to come together for this project, with each host having to send out invites and really adopt the project, was superb. Everyone really took to it and there was a great relationship formed between the speakers and their hosts.

Participant Feedback:

  • I enjoyed hosting the event, encouraging others to come and listen and of course hearing Rabbi Rowe
  • This really gave me some inspiration before the ShabbatUK weekend, and a greater understanding of the subjects discussed
  • Deeper understanding of the direction we receive from the Torah to observe Shabbat
  • I came away with increased knowledge of Shabbat and candle lighting