Jewish Federations of North America recently hosted #ShabbatofLove, with over 30,000 individuals participating across North America and over 230 partner organizations coming together to build more Jewish love, light, and pride in our world over one Shabbat.
In partnership with the Orthodox Union, Strauss Bakery, and David’s Cookies, together, we broke the world record for the longest challah. Measuring at 35 feet and 2 inches and weighing in at a remarkable 400 pounds. Thirty volunteers carried it into Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City to share with the community. Click here to see a video of the challah’s creation.
We are overwhelmed by the community support of #ShabbatofLove. Several well-known figures, including Julian Edelman, Adam Ray, and Matt Friend, helped reflect on the meaning of Shabbat and why Shabbat of Love was so needed. The Orthodox Union also featured Shabbat of Love on a billboard in Times Square during the week leading up to January 19.
In collaboration with Hillel, individuals had the opportunity to submit letters of support to students on college campuses. These letters were sent to campuses across North America, and many shared them with Shabbat of Love Friday night dinner attendees. You can see a few examples of these messages of support here.
Jewish Federations of North America encourages everyone who participated in this historic Shabbat to share their photos, stories, and details about their #ShabbatofLove. You can drop them a note at email@example.com or post about how you spread Jewish light and love on social media using the #ShabbatofLove hashtag. We hope that your participation in this event remains a bright memory in the days and months to come.