White City Shabbat
White City Shabbat is the portal for Shabbat life in our fine White City. Ensuring that spirituality is not lost on Israel’s cultural and financial capital, the White City Shabbat team and website acts as a matchmaker- connecting people with Shabbat hospitality each week all over the city. Bringing the concept of supra-denominational Shabbat dinner parties to a wider young adult community, the organization also hosts its own private, warm, welcoming, pluralistic, 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.
In 2014, White City Shabbat launched an initiative to set the first ever Largest Shabbat Dinner on Earth with the Guinness Book of World Records & manages The Shabbat Project for Tel Aviv.
Guinness World Record Links
• June 13th 2014, the Guinness World Record was set for the Largest Shabbat Dinner with 2226 attendees
• Over 10,000 Shabbat dinner guests served since 2008
• Regular holiday meals/events
• Hundreds of Lone Soldiers served for no charge
• All Friday night dinner Kiddushes sponsored by Golan Heights Winery
Deborah Danan is a journalist and communications consultant who specializes in Mideast politics and humanitarian issues. After moving to Israel from London in 2001, she received her undergraduate degree at the Hebrew University and her master’s at Bar Ilan University. Her work as an investigative journalist has taken her across the Mideast, from Ramallah to Jerusalem to Cairo to Amman. Deborah runs communication workshops for Israel advocacy groups, Israeli representatives to the UN, spokespeople and outgoing ambassadors from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Deborah also volunteers for TLV Internationals and is co-director for White City Shabbat.
Eytan White is originally from New Rochelle, NY. Prior to moving to Israel, Eytan spent a number of years as a project manager in a construction firm in Manhattan before deciding to make Aliyah to join the IDF in 2007. After serving in the Nachal Infantry Brigade of the IDF, he ultimately made the decision to move from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv where he has been residing for nearly 3 years. After moving to Tel Aviv he spent a year as the head of a hi-tech startup before deciding to branch out and start a small construction business of his own. At the same time, Eytan’s infamous cooking skills had his Shabbat table filled with 15-30 people a week, so joining the White City Shabbat team was a natural transition for him. Eytan now serves as the co-director of White City Shabbat, and in pursuit of his true passion in life he is opening a kosher restaurant in Tel Aviv.
Yehuda was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey. He grew up in a practicing Jewish orthodox family. Throughout his childhood years Yehuda attended various Yeshivot, each offering its own unique perspective of Judaism while providing a wealth of knowledge and instruction pertaining to every day observance, at the same time instilling a deep appreciation for the Jewish religion. Understanding he exists in a time that holds a birthright to be a fundamental ideal, the concept of an elevated existence which could only be true in the Holy Land inspired Yehuda at age 23 to join the IDF. While enlisted, Yehuda served 6 months in an infantry unit. Yehuda was blessed to find his soul mate Riki, a Yisraelit from Rehovot. The two were married in Israel shortly after Yehuda completed his army training. The couple along with their beautiful son Noam, live in the center of Tel-Aviv, and are dedicated to filling their Shabbat table with guests. Yehuda is the founder of a young media consulting firm and enjoys spending his free time learning the Torah’s ancient holy scripts and exploring the amazing and wondrous Land of Israel.
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