The Shabbat Project Amuta was formed in September 2015 to manage all activities of the global Shabbat Project in Israel and to advance the global Shabbat Project.
The Shabbat Project was set up as an Amuta in Israel with the following goals:
1) Create social and educational programs designed to reconnect Israeli’s with Jewish heritage and values run at every level of Israeli society with the aim of connecting Israeli’s to their Jewish heritage and values and to unify society. These programs will include educational materials, activities and events.
Establish partnerships with key elements of society such as municipalities and youth groups.
Forge unity among all Israelis, regardless of race or religious affiliation.
Connect Israel and Israelis to world Jewry
The Shabbat Project has a board of 7 members who oversee the legal, financial and general operations of the Amuta and meet at least annually. The Amuta in israel is operationally run by one of the members, Tanya Harati, and Bat Sheva Benchetrit who are both full time eployees of the Amuta, and all strategic and financial decisions are signed off by the Chairman of the Amuta, Rabbi Warren Goldstein, Chief Rabbi of South Africa, who oversees the runnings of project on a daily basis and Gregory Narunsky who is located in Israel.
The activities of the Amuta in Israel include:
Assisting key individuals, organisations and movements in organising the project in their neighbourhoods or homes.
An operational call centre for 6 months of the year with individuals who speak numerous languages and are able to assist partners in Israel and Internationally with the project and connecting international partners to Israel.
Production of educational and marketing materials for use for the projects
The Shabbat Project is active in over 300 towns and neighbourhoods (including kibbutzim and moshavim) in Israel where partners get involved on various levels (privately at home or big community events).