Shabes Gatherings

Click here for our Yiddish May Day Shabes Program on Friday, May 1 at 7:00pm - 7:45pm over Zoom.

Click here for more information about the Yiddish May Day Shabes.

Our Shabes gatherings include inspiring readings, joyous song, secular ritual blessings, and meaningful conversations over a potluck meal. This is a time for reflection, restoration, and connection. 

6:15 PM schmooze, 6:45 PM Shabes program, 7:30 PM potluck dinner. All events hosted at the new BWC building: 6 Webster St. Brookline, MA 02446

Please bring a dish to share when you join us for Shabes. We have a small kitchen, so please bring dishes fully prepared if possible. No time to cook? Many of us bring takeout! We’ll provide the wine, juice, and challah.

See the BWC calendar for specific descriptions of each Shabes gathering and to RSVP. RSVPs help us plan for set-up!


  • October 25th - A Besere Velt: Arts Matter Shabes, hosted by A Besere Velt Chorus
  • November 15th - Celebrating Intergenerational Connections, hosted by Aging in Community & Young Adult Committees. RSVP HERE
  • March 13th - An Evening of Building Community for Muslims & Jews, 
    hosted by Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee. RSVP HERE
  • April 17th - Zoom Golly Golly! A (not so) Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Shabes. Learn more.
  • May 1st - Yiddish May Day Shabes, hosted by Yiddish Committee. Learn more.
The Shabes Committee oversees monthly programs led by different hosts who provide personalized additions to the ritual. Contact Jill EdelsonMarie ArielLaurie Goldman for more information.
Each monthly Shabes gathering is organized by two community members. If you are interested in organizing a future Shabes gathering, please contact Jill Edelson.

Download a guide for hosts that includes a sample ritual program and listen to sample songs: