EPDC's Shabbat Clusters
Registration for the Spring 2016 Shabbat Clusters is NOW OPEN!
Read below to learn about how we have updated Shabbat Clusters this season.
Registration Deadline is March 4th at noon
Interested in joining a community for Shabbat but don't have a place to go? Want to meet new people?
EntryPointDC is once again organizing Shabbat Clusters. In the past seven years, over 2,750 people have participated in a Shabbat Cluster.
How They Work:
Members of the EPDC community register and are organized into groups of 10-14ish people based on age, location, level of kashrut, and a couple other factors. After a big kick-off dinner at the DCJCC, cluster members will host monthly potluck Shabbat meals. Clusters typically last about 6 months, with new rounds starting every spring and fall.
Thanks to the generosity of of The Exelbert and Salzberg Family Endowment for EntryPointDC Shabbat Clusters, EntryPointDC will be hosting a Kickoff Shabbat Dinner Friday, March 11 at 7:00 pm at the DCJCC for all those who have signed up for a Shabbat Cluster. This dinner is your first chance to meet the other people in your Cluster and mingle with everyone else!
This season we are introducing four additional components to the program:
1. Members can choose to be a part of general Shabbat Cluster or an interest Shabbat Cluster
2. Each Shabbat Cluster will be assigned a Shabbat Cluster Coordinator who will help group members plan who will host each dinner, where and when it will take place, and will act as a liasion between members and JCC staff
3. All clusters will have accesses to a Shabbat Clusters Guide with suggested conversation starters, Shabbat theme ideas, disscusssion topics and more
4. Shabbat Cluster members that sign up together for EntryPointDC events will recieve group ticket discounts
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What does it cost me?
A: There is a small administrative fee to register for Shabbat Clusters, but no additional cost for the Kickoff Dinner at the DCJCC. If this fee would prevent you from signing up, please get in touch. You must work out the cost of Shabbat meals with your group.
Q: What if I can't host?
A: Don't worry about that. There's a good chance someone else in your Cluster can. Also, not every Shabbat dinner needs to be a formal meal. Do whatever works for your Cluster, whether that's around the dining room table, around the coffee table, eating at a local restaurant or a straight-up picnic on the floor!
Q: Can I sign up for my friend/partner/spouse?
A: NO! Each individual person must have a separate registration form.
Q: Can I be placed in a cluster with my friends?
A: I'd love to put you in a cluster with your friend. There is a section in the registration form to request this; both of you must fill this out in order for me to consider the request and I will do my best to fulfill it.
Q: When does registration close?
A: Registration is final and over on at NOON roughly a week before the kickoff dinner!
Q: Oops! It's a day after the deadline and I forgot to sign up! Can I still be in a cluster?
A: I'm sorry, but if the deadline has passed you are too late. The deadline ensures I will have enough time to organize the groups before the Kickoff Dinner.