More than 2 000 women took part in last Wednesday’s Challah Bake, which launched the global Shabbos Project at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay opposite the V&A Waterfront. A global initiative, it aims to bring Jewish people from across the world together to celebrate one Shabbat. It all started in South Africa in 2013, spread around the globe in 2014, and last year involved around one million people in 919 cities and 85 countries. At the lively event, long tables each seating about 50 women, were set up inside marquees specially erected on the farm market premises.
South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein told the crowd: “The world needs the light, the energy and the power that this project creates to make it a better place.” The go-ahead was given to start mixing the dough and women celebrated by beating their wooden mixing spoons against their bowls. Participants were spurred on by the 11 piece Jewish-Latino fusion band from Argentina, Todotiembla who got the crowds dancing with their interpretation of traditional Jewish songs.