A “Souper” Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck

February 12th @ 6:30 pm Share a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night at this casual intergenerational event. We’ll relax, light candles and share a fabulous vegetarian/dairy potluck dinner. It’s a great way to meet people and experience the rituals that welcome Shabbat. We’ll have hallah, latkes, and applesauce to go with your fabulous soups, salads and desserts. REGISTER HERE Please let us know what food your family will be bringing. Soups don’t have to be homemade, but they do have to be dairy/vegetarian – no meat or meat broths, please. Soup in a crock pot, to serve 8-10  (If you’d like to bring soup, but don’t have a crock pot, contact Amelia.) Salad (green or otherwise) to serve 8-12 Dessert to serve at least 8-10 Bring your own fruit of the vine to drink (juice or wine.)

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Shabbat: the Secret Spice

Our ancient ancestors used to mark the beginning of Shabbat by adding aromatic spices (we’re not exactly sure which) to their home oil lamp. The special aroma made sundown on Friday into the day of rest. The Rabbis encoded the concept of rest as a universal right in halakhah, the path of Jewish observance – for all people and for all life on earth. Wandering stateless in Exile, our people held on to Shabbat ever more determinedly. We created a musical welcome of Shabbat, Kabbalat Shabbat, to sing and dance our way out of the week; and no matter the poverty, our erev Shabbat meal had to be the best we could manage. “More than Israel has preserved the Shabbat, the Shabbat has preserved Israel.” – Ahad Ha’Am   That erev Shabbat meal became the focal point for the ritual that allowed us the relief of week’s end: The blessings

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