Shabes Gathering

Boston Workmen's Circle

SHABBES – SHABBOS – SHABBAT – SHABES AT BWC

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

Celebrate the “May Day” workers' holiday with a special Shabes program conducted in Yiddish. Non-Yiddish speakers are welcome! Written English translations and transliterations will be provided for the readings and the songs.



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 Shabes Gathering program.