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Pop Up Shabbat

Spring has almost sprung! We've had great turnout with our past seasons and are ready with Spring and Summer dates. When the time comes, all you have to do is bring one dish or beverage from a list of choices which will be sent to you. Choose as many dinners as you like then contact Joanne at Happy eating!

Friday, March 6, 2020
Oakland (Lincoln Highlands area) 8 guests, intergenerational, 2 cats, one dog (dog will be elsewhere), wheelchair access.

Friday, April 3, 2020
Piedmont (off of Estates Drive), 8 guests, adults and teens, has no pets. Please no smoking or perfume.

Friday, April 17, 2020
Redwood Heights area, Oakland, 6 guests, adults preferred. Has no pets. Some steps and non-smoking.
2 spots still available

April 24, 2020
Piedmont, 8 guests, small dog, no smoking.

Friday, May 15, 2020
Oakland, Montclair area, 7 guests, 2 small, friendly dogs, no smoking or perfume, some stairs.
6 spots still available

Only 4 lovely dinners this coming summer season, so sign up quickly to reserve your spot!

Friday, June 26, 2020
Oakland, near the Rose Garden, 10 guests, 1 small dog, accessible.

Friday, July 24, 2020 

Montclair, 10 guests, no perfume. The hosts are inviting other grandparents of pre-schoolers to share experiences and tips for enriching that relationship — over a shared Shabbat dinner! 
(note: there are about 8 steps to get into the home). 

Friday, August 14, 2020
Lake Merritt area, 6 guests, one cat, street parking only, no stairs. 

Friday, August 28, 2020
Oakmore section of Oakland, 8 guests, small dog. Only 2 stairs.  

Pop Up Shabbat Dinners

  • Dinners will take place in homes and apartments of all sizes, mostly in Oakland, although groups in the past have also met in surrounding areas such as Albany, Castro Valley, El Sobrante and Orinda, etc.
  • Hosts are only required to provide the space, set the table, heartily greet the lovely guests, provide a bit of cheese and some crackers for early arrivals, perhaps provide coffee/tea, and clean-up. They also decide in advance the number of guests they can accommodate.
  • Guests provide one dish or beverage, etc. of their choosing, or organizer Joanne Rocklin's, or at the host’s suggestion. We will always try to be aware of  and accommodate guests’ food allergies and restrictions when planning the menu.
  • Joanne will organize the dinners every few months, perhaps three or four times a year.  Emails will be sent out to announce the date, general location, description, and maximum number for each planned dinner once all the dates are set. Guest sign-ups are on a first-response/first reserved place at that particular table.
  • Guests can sign up for more than one dinner.
  • This is not a true, i.e. ongoing, “havurah”, as each dinner meeting will vary in terms of where it is held and who is attending. Guests will only find out their dinner companions after the sign-ups are complete and they have received the address, driving directions and food assignment for the event.
  • These will be informal, friendly, relaxed get-togethers. They are a way to get to know one another better, and are not for newcomers only (although newcomers will be most welcome!) Heavy debate is not necessarily the goal, although meeting, greeting and perhaps heavy noshing is! Some evenings are more social than religiously formal, but the blessings over candles, wine and challah are always made. Each host can decide and guide the mood of the evening, eg. Shabbat/Friday or Havdalah/Saturday, whether it includes kids or not (or no preference), music, movie, kvetching, etc.

Are you interested in hosting?
Please email Joanne Rocklin with answers to the following questions: 

  • Let me know if there are future dates your home is available, if  you can’t host during this period.
  • Are there pets in your home? What kind?
  • How many guests do you wish to invite?
  • Do you have any restrictions re smoking, perfume, children, etc.?
  • Is your home wheel-chair accessible?

Are you interested in attending?
Joanne will contact hosts and attendees again with more information as the organizing proceeds, i.e. contact/planning with hosts; assignment of dinner locations; then a final reminder of what to bring about a week before the dinner. These dinners are for Temple Sinai members only.

Sun, April 5 2020 11 Nisan 5780