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West Orange Shabbat Project features Rabbi YY Jacobson
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West Orange Shabbat Project features Rabbi YY Jacobson

THE ANNUAL WEST Orange Shabbat Project takes place Oct. 25-27. Featured this year is world-renowned inspirational speaker Rabbi YY Jacobson, founder of TheYeshiva.net. He will present on topics including “Living a Life Attuned to Your Inner Soul” and “I Find Judaism to be Repressive: Is there Room in Judaism for Self-Expression?”

The weekend kicks off with two community-wide Challah Bakes on Thursday, Oct. 25, both free of charge. The first will take place at 5:30 p.m. at JCC MetroWest and the second at 6:30 p.m. at the Shabbat House, Eagle Rock Ave. 

On Friday evening, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m., Shabbat services will be held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, Pleasant Valley Way, followed by a dinner and program with keynote speaker Jacobson. Suggested couvert is $30/adult, $20/child, and $80/family. Sponsorships are appreciated. 

On Saturday, Oct. 27, morning services will take place at 9 a.m. at Congregation AABJ&D, Pleasant Valley Way, followed by scholar-in-residence Jacobson. There will also be programming available for children of all ages.

The Shabbat Project will culminate in a community-wide Havdalah ceremony at JCC MetroWest on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. The evening
includes children’s programming, a talk by Jacobson on “Thinking Happiness: How Your Thinking Affects Your Reality,” and a Melava Malka meal. Suggested couvert is $18/person or $50/family.

Jacobson’s talk will be live-streamed on TheYeshiva.net to other Shabbat Project hosts, Chabad houses, and individuals around the globe.

“Everyone is welcome,” to the weekend programs, said Rabbi Boruch Klar, co-director of The Shabbat House. He said that sponsorships are available to cover suggested admission fees if the cost is prohibitive. 

“One of the most meaningful aspects of the Shabbat Project is that of unity, bringing together Jews of all different walks of life and backgrounds,” he said. “We look forward to once again celebrating the joys of Shabbat with the entire community in a warm and inspirational
atmosphere.”

The Shabbat Project is a grassroots movement started in South Africa in 2013 which is now in 1,416 cities in 97 countries throughout the world, uniting Jews from all backgrounds and traditions.

To register for the West Orange Shabbat Project, visit ShabbatWO.com.

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