On Friday night, February 28, 2020, members of the Cleveland area Jewish community gathered at Temple Israel Ner Tamid in an unparalleled display of Jewish revitalization and Jewish unity. Conceived and organized by NJOP in 1997, Shabbat Across America and 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).
Temple Israel Ner Tamid was one of approximately 700 synagogues across the continent that simultaneously opened its doors to practicing and non-practicing Jews alike, so they could join together to experience and rejoice in a traditional Shabbat service and festive meal. Over 1,085,380 people have participated in Shabbat Across America and Canada in the past.
Designed to teach a generation of unaffiliated Jews about the beauty and significance of the Jewish Sabbath, Shabbat Across America and 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 and Canada takes 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 Alexandria, LA, Nashua, NH, and Portland, OR.