Colchester joined in with the national ShabbatUK festivities for the first time this year, and to great effect. Participants in the Shabbat day programme, which included a special Shacharit service followed by a communal lunch, felt that the whole event brought them closer together and gave them pride in their community.
Evaluation from Chair of Colchester:
“Our main interest was to bring the congregation together, and to invite non-members to come to the shul, meet with us, and enjoy themselves. The event was a success”
“We are so very grateful to the Chief Rabbi and his team for organising this national event and making it possible for so many people. Thank you all, todah raba and kol hakavod!”
“It was just such a pleasure to spend a proper Shabbat, with everyone attending the service and eating together afterwards. I will look back on the day with a sense of pride and satisfaction”
“It was an enjoyable service and I really felt the sense of companionship of community”
“I had a real sense of belonging”