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Thousands of teens from across the globe, spanning 9 countries and over 125 CTeen chapters, gathered this past week to participate in a worldwide Shabbos campaign: T.G.I.S – Thank God It’s Shabbos.

An international project that has seen months of logistical planning, T.G.I.S gives thousands of teenagers the opportunity to experience Shabbat in a true Jewish environment, many of whom are observing it for the very first time.

Individual CTeen chapters – from Atlanta, Georgia, to Abuja, Nigeria, to Aubervilliers, France – hosted local Shabbat events, each with their own distinct flavor and style. For some it was a Friday night dinner, others a Shabbat lunch, and others a Havdalah service and Melavah Malka.

“If the entire Jewish nation would only observe one Shabbat, says the Talmud, Moshiach would already be here,” said Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, Director of Merkos 302. “This weekend definitely brought us closer to realizing that ideal.”

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