World Guinness Record Broken for Largest Shabbos Meal


shabbos-meal-guinessChabad of Tel Aviv broke a World Guinness record Friday night when 2,236 people gathered together at Hangar 11 in the Port of Tel Aviv to join in the largest Shabbos meal ever. Registration opened a month ago and filled to capacity within two weeks. Pravin Patel, a Guinness World Records adjudicator came in especially from London to record the event.

It was the first time that the Port of Tel Aviv, a known irreligious location, hosted a Shabbos observed strictly in accordance with Halacha. Thousands of students joined in the Shabbos tefillos and later made Kiddush and washed for Hamotzi that commenced before the meal. All this was done without microphones, without cell phones and without cameras keeping with the strict laws of Shabbos.

The historical event opened an hour before Shabbos with greetings from various rabbis and public figures who urged an increase in Shabbos observance in Tel Aviv.

Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, the Chabad head shaliach in Tel Aviv-Yafo and founder of Chabad on Campus in Israel said that this huge event proves that the youth of Tel Aviv defy the accepted notion that Tel Aviv is anti-religious and embraces Shabbat observance with open hearts. “May this event be a source of strength and encouragement to observe all other Mitzvot,” said Rabbi Gerlitzky.

Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv Rav Yisroel Meir Lau also had high praise for the event and urged the crowd to pray for the teens who were abducted near Chevron only ours before. Special prayers were recited for their safe return.

Some 1000 women and girls were vividly moved to tears when they lit the Shabbos candles before sundown. They were assisted by the students of the Girls Seminary of Tel Aviv “Beit Shoshana”.

The MC of the event was Rabbi Zev Raskin of Cyprus. Joining the meal was former Israeli ambassador to Washington Micael Oren and T.A. Mayor Ron Chuldai.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. White City Shabbat received the award from Guinness, Chabad was just one of the many partner organizations at the event, including the City of Tel Aviv, the Tel Aviv Rabbanut, Golan Heights Winery, Ernst & Young, the ROI Community etc…

  2. Shalom says “I love you”. But the fruit cakes are often dried. Who thinks that mass judaism means meaning. I think it means constipation but who thinks that the pharaoh was not always better in his parlor clothes? Funny story. Lets not think this is the goal of being jewish to top the last record every year. Absurd at that level.

  3. Anonymous, I feel sorry for you.

    We just had Parshas Shlach, where we learned the very hard way the lesson of not seeing life with an ayin tova. Anonymous, I’m sure those few lines are not enough to draw such a conclusion about you.

  4. Anonymous, i read the article and fdelt inspired that in the city of Tel Aviv thats not known for religious observance had such a large shabbos gathering and had people very inspired. You seem to have a unique look on life where you see the cup as half empty. I’m sure they hadnt meant to beat a guiness record. They had noble intentions and they accomplished their goal

  5. BS”D

    Looks like a great article, but its clearly not true. Two thoughts: It could be that this event was not solely a Chabad event. Um, my friend, Jay Shultz, has a non-profit organization called White City Shabbat — he told me over 6 months ago that this was an event he and his associates were working on. In his promo email to me from May, it was implied that he and his people spearheaded the effort to make it happen, bringing in partners to make it the big success that it was. In that promo email, Jay wrote that the event was cosponsored by “Our Amazing White City Community, City of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv Rabbanut, Hangar 11, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, ROI Community, Am Yisrael Foundation, Chabad On Campus in Tel Aviv, Golan Heights Winery, Ernst & Young, G-d & YOU.” Also, if it’s allowed, people ought to see this link I’m just trying to spread the credit to wherever it is due.

    When someone gives credit where it’s due, it hastens Moshiach’s arrival. When someone takes undeserving credit, the reverse occurs.