After the huge success of Shabbat UK 2014, everyone was determined that Shabbat UK 2015 would be even better. With that in mind, a cross-communal team was formed to plan and co-ordinate a whole programme of events which would take place across the community, embracing different ages, genders and activities.
The team, drawn from clergy, lay leaders and community professionals, included Ann dewar of the LJRC and Susie Gordon of LJF, who acted as the programme co-ordinator.
Over 200 women gathered at the Etz Chaim last October for the second Leeds Shabbat UK Challah Make. This hugely successful event, organised by the women of the Leeds Jewish Education Centre and with the help of Etz Chaim’s Claire Brown, brought together a variety of ages and baking skill levels for an evening of education, fun and plaiting.
“It was amazing,” said Evie Sacks, who at age 11, was one of the youngest participants, “and I can’t wait to share what I’ve made with my family.”
No less than three separate communal Havdallah ceremonies were arranged for different ages across Leeds to mark the end of the Sabbath and the beginning of the new week
After a learning fest and seudah at UHC synagogue, the Havdallah celebrations included singing with The Travelling Chassidim who were visiting for the occasion.
Robert Marks of LJOY took a group of teenagers to Donisthorpe Hall, our local senior citizen’s home, where they performed a moving ceremony together with some of the home’s elderly residents.
At the Brodetsky schools campus families enjoyed a fun and relaxed atmosphere in a change from the usual pace of school life.