Shabes Gathering - Light Into Darkness and Dark Into Light

Boston Workmen's Circle, 2nd Floor

Join us for our December Shabes Potluck! The theme of this Shabes program is the winter solstice, the darkest time of year, but also when we begin to see the return of light. Let us learn together how to move through the darkness, gathering its gifts and preparing for what will come. We will light candles, break bread, drink wine, read poetry, sing, and of course share delicious food.

We invite you to share one thing (a thought, image, practice, saying) that helps you move through the dark places during this time of year. If you can, bring this with you on an index card/piece of paper and we will share these with one another to bring home.

This Shabes gathering is hosted by BWC’s Aging in Community Committee and open to all.



Shabes gatherings include conversation, ritual blessings, inspiring texts, singing, and potluck dinners. This is a time for reflection, restoration, and spirituality. 

The evening will start at 6:30 PM with time to settle in and shmooze. A shabes ceremony will start at 7 PM, followed by a potluck dinner at about 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 and check out our manual on leading Shabes.

The Shabes Committee hosts Shabes gatherings throughout the year. See the full Shabes calendar here.