The city of Tel Aviv will host a Shabbos dinner that is expected to set a Guinness-certified world record for the largest Shabbos dinner in modern history if 1,000 Jews attend the Friday night event in June, to be held at Hangar 11, in the Tel Aviv Port.
The event will be hosted by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Israel’s former chief rabbi, and other leading figures in Tel Aviv life. It is being sponsored by City of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Hangar 11, Golan Heights Winery, NakedSea Salt, and UK Toremet, plus public donations to raise the $25,000 needed to cover the cost of the meal. The dinner is free for all attendees.
The project is being organized by White City Shabbat, a group of local Tel Aviv residents who organize large Shabbos dinners in Israel’s “White City.” The group is led by Eytan White and Deborah Danan, who told The Algemeiner the story behind the audacious plan.
“For a long time we’ve been wanting to create a massive dinner to gain traction for White City Shabbat. The idea to get Guinness involved just grew from there,” Danan told The Algemeiner in an interview on Thursday.
“We’re actually not breaking any record,” she said. “We contacted Guinness because there was no existing category so we are, in fact, looking to set the record.”
Guinness “did their own research and got back to us telling us we needed a minimum of 1,000 people to attend the duration of the meal” for the attempt to make the record books.
“To be honest, finding people to come isn’t a problem – finding money is another story,” she said, noting the event is being fully sponsored by individuals who donate via its crowdfunding campaign. “Every meal we host has over 200 people in attendance and another hundred on a waiting list so I think we’re going to go way over the 1,000 people mark.”
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