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A Shabbat Experience For Your Group of Friends

June 28, 2010

We are pleased to provide a new Resource Guide, produced in partnership with Stepping Stones, and written by Stacey Delcau, RJE.

We created A Shabbat Experience For Your Group of Friends (and Family) primarily because we wanted to help small groups of interfaith couples and families who want to "do Jewish" and celebrate an interactive Shabbat dinner together. But we hope your own family will find it helpful, too!

If you have long wanted to have a guide for you and your friends or if you have wanted a way to organize families you know to celebrate Shabbat together, this resource guide is for you. If you have been looking for help with a Shabbat dinner before your wedding or your child's bar/bat mitzvah, this resource guide is for you. If you want to add Shabbat dinners for new community members, for those new to Judaism or renewing their Judaism, this guide is for you!

In addition to background information and questions for thought and discussion, the guide offers four different Shabbat themes. You can choose one of the four or choose to rotate the four themes for your group:

  • Rest and Separation
  • Making Connections
  • Sacredness and Holiness
  • Community and Family


We welcome your feedback and suggestions—please email Enjoy!

Click here to download the .pdf file.

Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah."

InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our new InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative providing coordinated comprehensive offerings in local communities.

If you have suggestions, please contact network at interfaithfamily dot com.

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