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The Shabbat Project 2022

Photo courtesy of SAMN

On Thursday the 10th of November the Vaal Messianic Women Network met in Sasolburg for the Shabbat Project, where the women were taught how to make challah.
Challah is a special Jewish bread usually eaten on Sabbath (Shabbat) meal on Friday evening and also on other feasts or Jewish holidays.

Challah is also sometimes referred to as hallah, khala or bukhte among other names. The main ingredients are eggs, flour, yeast, water, sugar and salt.

Shabbat is the Hebrew name for Sabbath. Shabbat starts from Friday evening to Saturday evening. Usually, families and friends kick off Shabbat with a Shabbat meal on Friday evening.


I had the privilege to chat with Dr. Rita Boshoff on the Shabbat Project and this is what she said,

The Shabbat Project is an international grassroots movement that brings together Jews from all walks of life and all levels of observance to keep one Shabbat, celebrated in a spirit of global Jewish unity. First launched in South Africa in 2013, by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, the Shabbat Project has, through a team of trailblazing volunteer partners, spread to over 1500 cities and 100 countries globally since 2013. The concept is simple: Jews from across the spectrum – religious, secular and traditional, young and old, from all corners of the world – unite to experience one full Shabbat together

Dr Rita went on to explain the significance of the Shabbat Project. It’s, “about creating a new Jewish future based on Jewish unity, pride and values. the Shabbat Project transcends the barriers that seem to separate us. It is our opportunity to rejuvenate family and community life, restore Jewish pride and identity, and strengthen Jewish unity across the globe.”


Dr Christo and Rita Boshoff of E37 (Ezekiel 37) Restoration started attending the Shabbat Project in 2014 in Norwood, Johannesburg.

Dr Rita added, “Every year as a group, the Messianic Women of E37 Restoration from the Vaal joined more than 6000 women from the Jewish communities in Johannesburg, Norwood in the Great Challah Bake, where the women came together to knead dough for their two Challah loaves for the Shabbat Table, which are a tradition on every Friday night when the Shabbat starts.”

“We never had the opportunity to organize our own event in the Vaal, but this year on the 10th of November 2022 we had the opportunity to come together with 50 Women at the Challah Make Vaal Triangle. The Messianic Women Network initiated the event and myself and Carol Griesel presented together with Zelda Oosthuizen. We are part of the Founder Members of the South African Messianic Network (SAMN).”

The Messianic Women Network gather together as Messianic Women in the Vaal Triangle on two monthly basis.

For more information on this organization, visit:

South African Messianic Network

Or contact:

Dr Rita Boshoff
E37 Restoration
+27 73 454 3826

Carol Griesel
Bridal Harvest Community
+27 84 840 4421

Zelda Oosthuizen
+27 82 569 6397
First Foundation Ministries

Shabbat Shalom!

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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