EPDC's Shabbat Clusters
Registration for Fall 2014 Clusters Is Now Open
*don't forget to check out the FAQ registering
Interested in joining a community for Shabbat but don't have a place to go? Want to meet new people? Or do you really just like Jews and/or food?
EntryPointDC is once again organizing Shabbat Clusters. Shabbat Clusters are like our regular clusters in that they are peer-led, but they are smaller and specifically for Shabbat meals. In the past seven years, over 2,750 people have participated in a Shabbat Cluster.
How They Work:
Members of the EPDC community register (that button below!) and are organized into groups of 8-14ish 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 be responsible for hosting monthly pot-luck 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 on Friday, September 19, 2014 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!
NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation offers grants, tools, and resources to Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni to host Shabbat dinners at their homes. Cluster dinners qualify for these grants. Visit the NEXT Shabbat website or see their Facebook page for more details, and contact EPDC with questions.
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. NEXT offers grants to Birthright Israel alumni.
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, 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 over on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
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.
Registration for Fall 2014 Shabbat Clusters Is Now OPEN!