More Than 1 Million Jews Expected To Take Part In Global Shabbos Observance Oct. 27-28


A global observance of Shabbos with hundreds of special events being held in local Jewish communities around the world—including new events in Togo, Mozambique and Venezuela—is slated for Oct. 27-28.

The worldwide observance day, started by The Shabbos Project, brings Jews together to keep a single Shabbos . It began as a local South African event in 2013, initiated by South African Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, who proposed the idea of hosting a communal Shabbat experience.

“Over the past few years, it has been nothing short of thrilling and deeply inspiring to witness Jews come together across every conceivable divide—language, culture, ethnicity, geography, observance,” Goldstein said in a statement.

For the first time this year, the cities of Lome (Togo) and Maputo (Mozambique) are hosting Shabbos Project events, as are Larnaca (Cyprus), Asuncion (Paraguay) and Venezuela. They are joined by nearly 160 cities in Israel and more than 500 cities in the U.S. A combined 1 million Jews in 1,152 cities in 95 countries are expected to take part in events this year, according to the Shabbos Project.

Sydney, Australia, will usher in Shabbos at an open-air musical event overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In Brazil, Recife’s Kahal Zur Israel synagogue—the oldest synagogue in the Americas, erected in 1636—is opening its doors for a series of events. The South African cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg are hosting “dark tisch,” a Friday night celebration held in total darkness.




  1. Very neat thought to have a global observed Shabbas. The holy who keep prayer do it weekly if they are able.

    Can we find more redemption by assigning a special day for the mostly unaffiliated to cry out to Hashem that our sabbath is holy? We do not know. We can only pray that they find Torah and become affiliated with Torah services.

    Still, its funny. A world of darkness will discuss and know that many are lighting the sabbath lights. That is the main effect one might think is intelligently designed.

    I hope to light my candles. I have been on a bad sleep routine due to illness for a while and unable often to light the candles. I have in best done so when the waking hours are the dusk to sundown.

    Hope for much the health of Israel. We daven.


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