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Pop Up Shabbat

Pop Up Shabbat dinners have been put on hold through Summer 2020. We'll update this space as soon as we are confident we can reschedule them safely.

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, August 14 2022 17 Av 5782