Shabes Gatherings

We hope you will join us for six Shabes Dinners! 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. Contact Jill Edelson and Marie Ariel for more information.

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 booklet and listen to sample songs:


  • Friday, March 11-Hosted by shule
  • Friday, April 1-Hosted by our Young Adults
  • Friday, May 6-Hosted by the Yiddish Committee: 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.

See the BWC calendar for specific descriptions of each shabes gathering.

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 contact Jill Edelson or Marie Ariel.

See our manual on leading Shabes.