White City Shabbat, a non-profit organization dedicated to building Jewish life in Tel Aviv, has announced Monday that it will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Shabbat Dinner.
The dinner, which is scheduled for June 13, 2014, will be held at the Tel Aviv Port. The organization aims to host 1,000 people at the dinner, including Israelis, new immigrants, and public figures.
The guest list will reportedly include Mayor Ron Huldai, former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, and Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan.
In keeping with White City Shabbat’s mission statement of “Shabbat for all,” the dinner will be free of charge.
White City Shabbat is run by young immigrants, and the organization stated that the dinner is meant to be a bid to inspire Jews worldwide to observe Shabbat in their home communities.
“While White City Shabbat is going to be the first organization to attempt this record, our hope is that in years to come communities around the world will come together to try and surpass the standard we set this year," said Jay Shultz, the organization's founder. "What a beautifully holy race it would be to have Jewish organizations trying to outdo each other. It will be a real win/win for Am Yisrael. ”
Tel Aviv is known as being the economic and cultural epicenter of Israel, but the event organizers are hoping the World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner will showcase another side to Tel Aviv - its spiritual side.
“With more and more young Jews from around the world choosing to make Tel Aviv their home, celebrating the first ever World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner with the Guinness Book will further establish Tel Aviv as one of the most important cities for the Jewish People today,” said Eytan White, co-director of White City Shabbat.
White’s partner, Deborah Dahan, agrees. “Shabbat is the cornerstone of the Jewish faith and as such has the power to bring people together,” said Danan. “Tel Aviv is a unique global city in that it has one of highest percentages of young professionals. Couple that with its mix of immigrants and natives who are both religious and secular and its overarching atmosphere of openness and inclusivity, makes Tel Aviv the perfect city to host an event of this historic magnitude.”