Two high-profile speakers with great expertise in their area of professional practice contributed to a high turnout among Alei Tzion members for their community’s ShabbatUK programme. Joshua Rozenberg captivated participants as he revealed the ins and outs of being a legal journalist, as well as discussing his relationship with his Jewish identity, while Dr Ellie Cannon’s session on parenting particularly appealed to the many young families in attendance. A hall was hired to accommodate the communal Shabbat lunch, and popular Jewish acapella group The Four Sons popped in to perform on their ShabbatUK tour around the North London Jewish community. An uplifting Havdalah was the perfect finale to a great Shabbat.
Evaluation from Rabbi Roselaar:
“Our main goal for ShabbatUK was to create an event that would be enjoyable for the whole community and engage people of different age groups and social circles with each other. A very high proportion of the community participated and everyone came out with a very high feel-good factor”.
“It was lovely to talk to people I see in Shul but hadn’t spoken to previously”.
“I could really feel the sense of achdut within the community and it was marvellous to see the children together, so comfortable with each other that they were almost like family”.
“An enjoyable Shabbat that got it just right. Thanks to those who organised!”
“A well-presented, knowledgeable, erudite, and timely talk, that was of great interest to those attending”.
“Joshua Rozenberg spoke very well and was informative, as was Dr Cannon”.
“Thank you very much for a very well run and engaging event. With food, social, speakers, sessions and singers there was something for everyone”.
Overall, the programme was excellent. The organisers did a magnificent job and I’m very grateful to them”.