Shabbatluck!

Friday nights at BHA are the heart of our community - as we prepare to welcome the Shabbat queen, we have opporunities for adults and children to learn together, davven together and enjoy a meal together. 

We've made a few changes to the Shabbatluck schedule for this year, which we hope will enhance erev Shabbat (aka Friday night) for everyone. In the spirit of ongoing experimentation, we'll assess things in a few months and make further adjustments as needed. Starting this Friday, October 5, we'll be celebrating Shabbatluck on the first three Fridays of the month - usually. As always, check the calendar here for any updates or changes. 

Here's the basic Shabbatluck schedule:

  • 9:30am- Friday playgroup with PJ Library & BHA: Infants and toddlers and their grown ups are welcome. Feel free to bring a vegetarian lunch or snack.  
  • 4:00 - Masa for students in grades 3-7: Registration is required for our Hebrew School program; please be in touch with Julia Alexander with any questions. 
  • 5:00 - Stories with Rabbi Brent: mystical, adventurous stories for children ages 5-7 in the Rabbi's study.
  • 5:30 - Mini Minyan: a Kabbalat Shabbat service led by our Upper MASA students for children of all ages. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • 5:30 - Learning with Rabbi Brent: a soulful exploration of Jewish texts and tradition; all are welcome - no advance knowledge or registration is necessary.
  • 6:00 - Shabbatluck Dinner: We know it can be tough to get food together for the potlucks on Friday night, so we are going to be ordering some food in advance so we always have a strong foundation of food at the potlucks. That means there are now four (!!) ways of contributing to the potluck at BHA. You can:
  1. Bring a vegetarian dish from home;
  2. Pick up a vegetarian dish from a local restaurant;
  3. Contribute in advance to support the potlucks;
  4. Swipe a card and contribute at BHA to support the potlucks. 
  • 7:00 - Davvening: We will continue to offer a range of davvening styles - Niggun HaLev, with instruments and music; Bina, in a more contemplative mode; Classic, generally led by just Rabbi Brent or Cantor Ellen and Lab Shabbat, when we experiment with new ways of celebrating Shabbat. 

The Jewish tradition teaches that when two people sit together and share words of Torah, the Divine Presence abides with them (Avot 3:2). More than anything else, the Shabbatluck is an attempt to create a space where the Divine Presence can abide with us - we hope you'll join us!