Being busy on Shabbat:
“Six days thou shalt work, and on the Seventh day…” you shall be busy!
Busy indeed are the people who attend Shabbat program at ‘Beit Warszawa’ in Warsaw.
- They begin 9:30-10:30 with a study session of Talmud, led by Rabbi Nativ using Hebrew, Aramaic, English, and Polish alternatively.
- The morning service, 10:30-12:30 includes professional chanting of a third of the weekly portion by Zivah Nativ and one of the new Jews by choice, Natan Eliyahu + a discussion on the verses which had been read. The Haftarah is read in Polish.
- Kiddush and a dairy lunch are always followed by joyful singing of Birkat haMazon in Hebrew.
- With a second cup of coffee everyone is back in the sanctuary for another hour of study of ‘Pirkei Avot’, led by the Rabbi.
- The dessert of this busy Shabbat is another hour of Israeli Folk Dancing led by Rabbi and Zivah Nativ. See photos below…
On a regular Shabbat this program is attended by 25 Polish Jews, more than half of them are ‘Jews by choice’…
Each Shabbat celebration is an affirmation of the power of Jewish community and perseverance in Poland.
Rabbi Nativ hopes that, when you visit Poland, you will share the warmth of our celebrations. Please join us!