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More than 2,000 people eat Shabbat dinner together in Tel Aviv to set Guinness World Record

By Mason White 5:07 PM June 15, 2014
The record breaking Shabbat dinner 

By: Anika Rao
More than 2,000 people ate a Shabbat dinner together in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, to set a Guinness World Record.

On Friday evening, 2,226 gathered at Hangar 11, to set the Guinness World Record for the largest Shabbat dinner.

Religious, secular, young and old people, attended the momentous event despite the heat. Several politicians gave speeches and judges of Guinness flew in from London to officiate the event.

Dozens of volunteers zipped through the aisles of tables decorated with Shabbat candles, as each dish came with its own generous serving of braided challah.

Before the start of the diner, organized by White City Shabbat, Chief Rabbi Meir Lau asked everyone to pray for the three Yeshiva students, who were kidnapped from the West Bank settlement of Gush Etzion, the night before.

A candle lighting ceremony was also held, in addition to prayers and a short concert by a live band. In order to ensure the official title of Guinness, the dinner had to meet a strict set of criterias, as well as comply with the Orthodox Jewish law.

Those present at the historic event consumed 600 bottles of wine, 74 bottles of vodka, 1,800 pieces of chicken, 1,000 pieces of meat, and over 250 vegetarian options. Notable attendees included Professor Alan Dershowitz, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, and former ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren.