Family Shabbat Clusters are groups of 3-4 families who get together monthly for an informal potluck Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat afternoon playdate, or a Shabbat lunch. This a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. Families sign up and share information about different ways they would like to celebrate Shabbat. We at the EDCJCC will pair you up with families who have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. Then, once a month from March to August, a small group of families get together to experience Shabbat in the best way for your cluster. We welcome all kinds of families including interfaith
families interested in exploring Shabbat in a safe, joyful, family
All participants who register for Shabbat clusters will be placed into groups that will meet at Shabbat Cluster Kick-Off dinner on March 3rd from 6:00-7:30 pm. This season's kick-off dinner will feature Rabbi Ben Shalva leading the group in joyful Shabbat tunes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does it cost?
A: There is a $36 fee for the Shabbat Clusters including the Kick-Off Dinner at the DCJCC and registration. This does not include the cost of food families bring to each cluster event.
Q: Can I sign up for my friend's family?
A: No, each family must have a separate registration form.
Q: Can I request another family be in our cluster?
A: Yes, there is a section in the registration form to request this; both families must fill this section out in order for us to ensure the placement.
Q: When does registration close?
A: Please sign up by Wednesday, March 1
Q: When will I find out who is in my cluster?
A: Your family will notified at the Kickoff dinner on Friday, March 3 or Monday, March 6 by email if you can't attend the dinner.