Guinness Book of World Records World's Largest Shabbat Dinner

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The World's Largest Shabbat Dinner will take place in June 13th 2014***

What is the World's Largest Shabbat Dinner?

The simple fact is, here in Tel Aviv, we LOVE Shabbat! So to spread our love of Shabbat around the world and inspire the globe to celebrate Shabbat in a warm and inclusive environment- just like we do here in the 'White City'- we are attempting to host the first ever Guinness Book of World Records World's Largest Shabbat Dinner!

This dinner will make history, build community, and kickstart a global movement that will inspire Jews worldwide to celebrate Shabbat in their own communities. We know that more than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews. So we are going BIG here in Tel Aviv, the innovation and creative capital of Israel- and the city we are proud to call home.

This is a time for all of us to come together, as one family, to celebrate Shabbat. Our meal will uphold the highest levels of Kashrut and Shabbat observance so we may all unite as one, presided over by the famous Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rav Yisrael Meir Lau.

Why are we throwing this event?

This question is almost silly. Why wouldn’t we throw this event?  Tons of Jews, lots of l'chaims, and exponential Shabbat spirit in the most exciting city in the Jewish world today- what's not to love? We know that Tel Aviv as both an ideal and reality is the most attractive place in the world for young Jews. Creating the first-ever World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner with the Guinness Book of World Records will further establish Tel Aviv as one of the most important cities for the Jewish People today.

Who are we?

White City Shabbat is the premiere portal for Jewish Life in Tel Aviv. Bringing the concept of Shabbat dinner parties to a wider community, the organization hosts its own private, warm, welcoming, all-inclusive Shabbat meals every month. White City Shabbat also hosts holiday celebrations and meals, Jewish learning series, beginners learning minyan, and inter-community programming.

The World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner is partly sponsored by Hangar 11 in the Port of Tel Aviv, Golan Heights Winery, NakedSea Salt, the City of Tel Aviv-Yafo, and the Am Yisrael Foundation.

Let's make this happen together!

In order to put on this event we need $25,000, which will pay for the venue, caterer, insurance, security, and all of the logistical requirements needed in order to comply with Guinness Book of World Records’ regulations.

We can't do it alone- we need your help! 

By bringing this event to crowdfunding, it won't be just 1,000 Jews sitting down for a Shabbat dinner, it will be thousands or even hundreds of thousands of Jews worldwide coming together to create a piece of Tel Aviv, Israeli, and Jewish history. By asking all of you to help raise funds for this event, we are hoping that you will help us show the worldwide Jewish community that Shabbat is the soul of the Jewish People and Tel Aviv is a focal point of the Jewish world.

Photo courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I attend the World's Largest Shabbat Dinner?

The World's Largest Shabbat Dinner is free- there is no cost to attend. A limited amount of seats will be reserved for Indiegogo contributors. Your contribution to this campaign allows you access to priority registration. General registration will be free and open to all. Registration is through Eventbrite and will be publicized on our Indiegogo page, website, and social media. The only way to secure a seat now is to donate at the "Reserve YOUR Spot" level.

If I can't donate, are there other ways I can contribute?

YES! We know that not everyone is able to give financial resources, but there are other ways you can help. By spreading the word about this campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and other social media accounts, as well as passing the word along to your friends and family, you can help increase the buzz about our event and hopefully bring in more donations. 

Additionally, if you live in Israel, you can help by volunteering prior to or during the event. To learn more about different volunteer options, email Relax@WhiteCityShabbat.com.

What if I want to give more than $1,000?

TODA RABAH! We are happy to accept donations of any size. Should our available perks for over $1,000 not suit your giving preferences, we are happy to work with you to create a specialized perk more in line with your wishes. Please email Relax@WhiteCityShabbat.com to discuss gifts of $1,000 or more.

Where does the extra money go if the campaign exceeds its goal?

If we go over our $25,000 campaign goal, we will use all of the extra funds to expand the White City Shabbat program by offering more meals annually, hosting larger holiday dinners and populating the WCS website.

How can I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Tax receipts are available for donations of $180 or more. For more information please email Relax@WhiteCityShabbat.com BEFORE making a contribution on the site.

The Guinness Book of World Records World's Largest Shabbat Dinner is fiscally sponsored by UK Toremet Limited, a UK charity that believes in the facilitation and empowerment of philanthropy and social investment as an engine of change by keeping it simple. 

                                                     



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    Shabbat Lover

    Have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers list on the World's Largest Shabbat Dinner website.

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    Golan Winery VIP Tasting Tour

    VIP tour of the beautiful Golan Heights Winery known for producing internationally renowned wines in Israel’s breathtaking wine country. Golan Winery is considered Israel’s leading winery when it comes to wine quality, technological innovation and new variety development. Buy this perk for a VIP look behind the scenes at our favorite Israeli winery, in addition to having your name added to the Shabbat Lovers list and getting access to priority registration for the event!

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    Kiddush Sponsor

    Be with us in spirit! Have a wine bottle with your name on it in the middle of the table and have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers list.

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    Golan Winery Spring Event

    For $250 you and a loved one can attend a special spring event at the Golan Heights Winery Visitors Center. This includes a guided tour of the winery and vineyard plus an especially tasty picnic package full of delicious items from the Golan, such as wine, cheese and sweet treats. On top of all this have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers List and get access to priority registration for the event! (*This perk is for 2 people)

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    L'chaim Sponsor

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    Pay for a whole table of guests to attend the World's Largest Shabbat Dinner, get your name and message (or name of someone you would like to honor) displayed on the centerpiece of the table and have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers list.

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    Group 4x4 Tour of Golan Winery

    Climb in a jeep with a group of your closest friends for an adventurous tour of the Golan Heights Winery and enjoy magnificent views of the beautiful Golan region. After the outdoor excursion, you’ll receive a VIP tasting tour of the Winery and get an expert glimpse into the wine making process with one of Golan’s experts. On top of all this have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers List and get access to priority registration for the event! (*This can be used for up to 7 people.)

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    Unique Israeli Experience

    Next time you're in Israel, have a unique Israeli experience with one of our amazing community leaders, such as a TLV insider tour with Natalie or a street art tour of south Tel Aviv with Yael. You will also have a L’Chaim made in your honor on stage that evening, your personal message will be shared with the guests, and have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers list.

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    Sponsor Kippot

    Have your name or company logo printed inside all of the commemorative Kippot for the World's Largest Shabbat Dinner alongside the White City Shabbat Logo. You will also have a L’Chaim made in your honor on stage that evening, your personal message will be shared with the guests, and have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers list. *Please contact us at Relax@WhiteCityShabbat.com before making donations at this level so we can ensure you receive the proper tax receipts.

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    Sponsor Benchers

    Have your name or company logo printed inside all of the commemorative Benchers for the World's Largest Shabbat Dinner alongside the White City Shabbat Logo. You will also have a L’Chaim made in your honor on stage that evening, your personal message will be shared with the guests, and have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers list. *Please contact us at Relax@WhiteCityShabbat.com before making donations at this level so we can ensure you receive the proper tax receipts.

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    Have your name or company logo printed inside all of the commemorative Siddurs for the World's Largest Shabbat Dinner alongside the White City Shabbat Logo. You will also have a L’Chaim made in your honor on stage that evening, your personal message will be read to the guests, and have your name added to the Shabbat Lovers list. *Please contact us at Relax@WhiteCityShabbat.com before making donations at this level so we can ensure you receive the proper tax receipts.

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