I am answering the questions as I understand them.
Is this for sleeping or eating or both?
This is really up to you. The idea is to have a full Shabbos experience, but something is always better than nothing. You do what you are able to.
What if my guest will need to drive on Shabbos?
There are many tshuvos on this topic. Please speak to your Rav about this.
Are the Rabbonim in Brooklyn behind this?
Many Rabbonim are personally involved, others support the project and others gave their haskama. The response has been very positive. Keeping Shabbos doesn’t need “rabbinic approval.”
Who is behind the project?
The idea of keeping Shabbos is nothing new, but this specific project is the brainchild of Rabbi Goldstein from South Africa. Project Inspire is heavily involved in our community as well. The credit goes to everyone that partakes in this event.
What do I need to do?
Invite a guest or guests who would otherwise not be keeping Shabbos. If you have room but don’t know of a guest to invite, let us know and we will try and find someone else that needs the space or vice versa. If you would like to volunteer to do more please contact Project Inspire.
How much money will this cost me?
The funding for the campaign was covered by global sponsors. All you need to do is provide the home and board. If money is still an issue I would suggest contacting Project Inspire.
I would love to participate but I don’t know any non-religious people?
Even if you live in Brooklyn it is likely that you know many non-frum people. Think about your coworkers, your relatives, or even your neighbors. If that doesn’t help, and you are willing to have guests, please let us know.
Our neighborhood has no non-religious Jews?
There are parts of Marine Park that are flooded with unaffiliated Jews. It’s possible that many of them will have no interest, but there are always some that will. Schmoozing with neighbors generally is a good way to find out if they will be open to an invitation..
How do I invite a guest?
That’s not a simple answer but it takes some practice to know what to say and how to say it. It also needs to be a real invitation and in no way should it seem like you are trying to convert or push religion on them.
What if they ask me questions about Judaism that I can’t answer?
I don’t believe that should matter. You don’t need to have an answer to every question they might have. You will come across as a ridiculous person if you give an answer that you are not comfortable with. Rather, just say, “I don’t know but there are books on the subject” or “I’m not sure but I have a Rabbi you can ask,” or “that’s a great question, I will ask my Rabbi after Shabbos.”
Will the shul be doing anything?
Not every shul will do something, that will be decided by each shul individually, but there will be hubs around the neighborhood that will have special Shabbos events like meals, beginner minyanim, and speeches. This information will hopefully be made available very soon.
Why Parshas Noach?
That decision was made at headquarters. I don’t know.
Why are we not dealing with our own community problems first?
Great question! Let’s do something.
Continue reading: The Shabbos Project; Why I Got Involved.