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Creative Shabbat Experiences Build Synagogue Engagement

Jewish life is being invigorated in Palm Beach County through Federation's Synagogue Institute. Two grants awarded -- to Temple Shaarei Shalom's The Grand Shabbat program and Temple Torah of Boynton Beach's Shabbat with a Twist -- for their ability to strengthen synagogues as gateway institutions of Jewish life in Palm Beach County and deepen the level of engagement between synagogues and Federation, have set a new standard in our community.


The Grand Shabbat integrated an intergenerational synagogue service followed by multiple simultaneous dinners for groups of o6 to 20 people at 30 host homes. People came together to experience Shabbat, sharing in the preparation and eating of a traditional meal. Long-time temple members met new members, younger members mingled with older members, with children participating in the entire process. Host families were solicited with their guests randomly assigned.

Attendees brought food, aided by a menu outlined by the synagogue and many new relationships were established during the planning stages.

A raffle raised enough money to supply each host home with wine and challah for dinner. Homes were provided with a book of prayers and songs.

Shabbat with a Twist, the latest development in synagogue worship, combined prayer, music, inspiration, culture and fun! Open to the whole community, the hour-long Shabbat with a Twist featured a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat with a full bank, where the atmosphere was light, the air filled with popular Jewish songs and kids were encouraged to dance. But wait...there's more! After services --an ice cream oneg!

Call Ilan Hurvitz at (561) 242-6606  or email for more information on The Grand Shabbat, Shabbat with a Twist or the Synagogue Institute.

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