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Friday Evening "Share-A-Shabbat"


One Friday evening per month, we gather as a Chai Center community for a casual, enriching Shabbat experience. 

We light the Shabbat candles, sing songs, share in beautiful Shabbat blessings, learn a little about Judaism, and enjoy the camaraderie with other Jewish families.  

Some Fridays are hosted at a supporter's home, as we each contribute to a casual pot-luck dinner. 

Other Fridays are held at Chai Center where one of our partner rabbis or cantors and musicians joins us.  These are musically

 infused experiences.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming dates: 


  • December 15: Chanukah Share-a-Shabbat
  • January 26:  Tu B'Shevat Seder Share-a-Shabbat
  • February 23: Shabbat at Chai Center with Reb Deb
  • March 2: Purim Share-a-Shabbat
  • April 20: Shabbat at Chai Center with Cantor Cathy and the NY Troubadours
  • May 18: Shabbat at Chai Center with Reb Deb


Shabbat Morning Study Experience

Every Saturday, our supporters gather for a morning of spiritual enrichment.  

Our morning begins at 9:00 am with noshing & shmoozing.  Members volunteer to provide a breakfast nosh, challah & wine. 
Following that, we engage in an intellectual exploration of a Torah portion or conversations on a Jewish topic. We participate together in a relaxed and highly participatory style.  Three times per month, our sessions are led by one of our partner rabbis. On other mornings, we are lay-led.  Opportunities are available to recite Kaddish or ask for the healing of a loved one.

   November 25: Rabbi Debra Smith  -   "Why Be Jewish"
   December  2: Lay-led - Parsha Vayislach
   December  9: Lay led - Parsha Vayeshev
   December 16: Rabbi Josh Goldstein -"Zionism: Can Love for Homeland be an Authentic Jewish Movement?"
   December 23: Rabbi Debra Smith
   December 30: Rabbi Kim Geringer - "Maimonedes Ideas about Torah study"

We invite you to share these community experiences with us.