Second Friday Shabes

Boston Workmen's Circle 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline

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Call it what you will, it’s a very good way to spend a Friday night!

This month's gathering will focus on Singing as Sanctuary.

We will begin our Shabes by sharing a reading about the power of song from the recently published book The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912. Two of our chorus members wrote a chapter in the book about the place of music in an organization like ours, one that is concerned with social justice. Our focus this Shabes will be to explore how music not only helps us cope with the issues of the wider world but how it also provides a sanctuary for us after a long work week. When we lift our joined voices, we find the power of connection. And with that power, as we connect with our audience we become a  force for social justice as we create a sanctuary for our members as well.

Group activity: Take turns at your table and share about a time in your life when singing or listening, alone or with others became a sanctuary for you. Feel free to bring a simple song to sing and share.

Shabes gatherings include conversation, ritual blessings, inspiring texts, singing, and potluck dinners. This is a time for reflection, restoration, and spirituality. The Shabes Committee oversees monthly programs led by different hosts who provide personalized additions to the ritual.

The evening will start at 6:30 PM with time to settle in and schmooze. A Shabes ceremony will start at 7 PM, followed by a potluck dinner around 7:45 PM. Come for the ceremony or the potluck dinner or both.

Download a sample ritual program book.

Please bring a dish to share when you join us for Shabes. No time to cook? Many of us bring takeout! We’ll provide the wine, juice, and challah.

Each monthly Shabes gathering is organized by two community members. If you are interested in organizing a future Shabes gathering, please email Jill Edelson or Marie Ariel and check out our manual on leading Shabes.

Learn more about the Second Friday Shabes program.