Seeking Friday Night / Kabbalat Shabbat volunteers

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

CBI’s Spiritual Life committee, CBI’s board, and I are exploring the possibility of broadening our communal Shabbat experiences to include a few regularly-scheduled Friday nights each year.

This might take the form of occasional kabbalat Shabbat (“Welcoming the Shabbat Bride”) services (no more than one hour) followed by a potluck supper for adults and teens.

It might take the form of occasional “Tot Shabbat” (parent-and-small-child) services (no more than half an hour) followed by a potluck supper for families with young children.

It might take the form of occasional Friday Shabbat potluck dinners with no formal service but the Shabbat blessings before and after the meal.

Or it might take some other form, depending on the community’s yearnings. Shabbat dinner followed by a Jewish movie? Shabbat dinner and Israeli dancing? The options are many. It’s up to us to create the Shabbat evenings we need.

In order for this to happen, we need a small team of Friday Night / Kabbalat Shabbat volunteers who will take responsibility for organizing these events. That team would work with me and with our Spiritual life committee as needed, and would be responsible for the logistics of our Friday night celebrations, e.g. setting up tables and chairs and then taking them down again, or setting up for the potluck and cleaning up afterwards, or whatever is necessary.

We are a small, rural, volunteer-driven community. Even occasional Friday night celebrations require volunteer hands and hearts. If you are interested in being part of our Friday Night / Kabbalat Shabbat team, please email me (rabbibarenblat at gmail dot com) and let me know.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

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