FEATUREOctober 2016

Largest Shabbat Gathering in SD to be Held This Month

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More than 20,000 people in San Diego’s vibrant Jewish community will join more than 2 million Jews from over 1,000 cities in 90 countries around the world to share the experience of a traditional Shabbat (Sabbath) day of rest, and mind-body-spirit rejuvenation. Shabbat San Diego, in conjunction with all local Synagogues, community organizations, religious and public schools and youth groups, is coordinating this monumental event.
Shabbat San Diego’s theme this year is “Shabbat Can Do That” and will be encouraging all individuals of the Jewish faith in San Diego, regardless of their lifestyle, affiliation or non-affiliation, to unplug and experience a complete Shabbat as one family, one coat of many colors. Efforts around the world are being made to insure that all participants savor the feeling of singular global Jewish pride and identity, while promoting the message that all 100,000 San Diego Jewish households are welcome at a local home or Synagogue based Shabbat meal.
Underwritten by The Mizel Family Foundation, Shabbat San Diego events include:
Mega Challah Bake in North County and East County: Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Challah is a soft, sweet braided bread loaf that is a central part of all Sabbath and Jewish holiday meals.  During the Challah bakes, 3,000 participants will learn to mix the ingredients, braid dough and make their own bread to take home and bake.
All are welcome. Space is limited to the first 3,000 registrants.
Cost is $5 per person ($18 max per family); online reservations are available by signing in at www.ShabbatSD.org.
North County location: San Diego Jewish Academy, 11860 Carmel Creek Rd. in
Carmel Valley, 92130.
East County location: Tifereth Israel Synagogue Social Hall, 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Diego, 92119.

Hosted Shabbat Dinners: Friday, Nov. 11
Following Shabbat services everyone will be invited and welcome to enjoy the tradition of a Shabbat meal, new and old friends, family and neighbors. Everyone is encouraged to choose to participate in a Synagogue or home-based meal, or consider creating your own and inviting friends, family and neighbors.

Unity Havdalah Celebration: Saturday, Nov. 12
Shabbat San Diego invites all to say good-bye to Shabbat and prepare to begin a new week with a free Havdalah celebration with the famed a cappella group 613, taking place at the San Diego Civic Theatre downtown (1100 3rd Ave., San Diego, 92101), starting at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Sign in with your reservation at www.ShabbatSD.org

For more information about Shabbat San Diego, including donation and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.ShabbatSD.org.

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