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Congregation Beth Shalom  to host Shabbat Across America


On Friday night, March 3, members of West Volusia County's Jewish community will gather at Congregation Beth Shalom in an unparalleled display of Jewish revitalization and Jewish unity.  Conceived and organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) in 1997, Shabbat Across America/Canada represents a united effort by the entire Jewish community to renew interest in the fourth of the Ten Commandments-observing a weekly day of rest (Shabbat in Hebrew).

Congregation Beth Shalom will be one of approximately 700 synagogues across the continent that will simultaneously open its doors to practicing and non‑practicing Jews alike, so they may join together to experience and rejoice in a traditional Shabbat service. Over 600,000 people have participated in Shabbat Across America/Canada in the past. Led by Rabbi Weilheimer, attendees will experience an interactive Friday night Explanatory Service with all the rituals explained. The event will take place at 7 p.m.

"We just cannot accept the common perception that North American Jewry is an endangered species," commented Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, founder and director of NJOP. Shabbat Across America/Canada is an exciting and modern way of reintroducing friends and family members to a practice that has been with, and unified, our people for over 3,300 years, and which we trust will be with us for at least 3,300 more."

Designed to teach about the beauty and significance of the Jewish Sabbath, Shabbat Across America/Canada is the first nationally orchestrated program to appeal to members of all major Jewish denominations.  It is also the first and only program aimed at uniting Jews across the United States and Canada through one single event. Shabbat Across America/Canada will take place in every city where there is a Jewish presence-from major Jewish geographical centers, such as New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto, to cities with smaller Jewish populations such as Deltona, Florida in West Volusia County.

Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Suite D, Deltona, FL 32725.

Please RSVP before Feb. 25th to Gale Barr via email or 386-789-0999.

For more information, please call Gale Barr at 386.789.0999 or Rabbi Winston Weilheimer at 386.804.8283 and see our website http://www.mybethshalom.com.


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