Shabbat 101 FAQ’s

  • What is Shabbat 101? A series of programs that examine Shabbat worship and rituals, starting at a very basic “101” level and moving to deeper understandings.
  • When is the first Shabbat 101 event? Friday evening, October 23
  • What time is the event? The dinner and program start at 6:00. Shabbat services are at their regular time — 7:45 p.m. with Oneg to follow.
  • What if I want to come to dinner but have to come late? Just let us know in your RSVP email and we’ll be sure to save you some food!
  • What is the dinner going to be? The dinners will all be buffet-style. October’s dinner will be roast chicken, a vegetarian option, potatoes, vegetables, and salad. November’s dinner will be a pasta and salad bar. December’s dinner will be chili (beef, chicken and vegetarian options), breads and salads. And January’s dinner, when we welcome special guest artist Naomi Less, will be an Israeli-style meal from Aladdin’s.
  • Can I come to the dinner and program and not stay for services? Yes, of course.
  • Can I come to services without coming to the dinner and program? Yes, they will be related thematically, but structured as separate programs.
  • What is the cost? $5 per person ($18 per family cap) for dinner. Services are free and open to the public.
  • Why is the cost so reasonable? The cost is heavily subsidized by a generous grant from the Retreat Institute of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, supported by the Fund for the Jewish Future of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Temple Beth Shalom is very grateful for this support.
  • Why do I need to RSVP? Because space is limited, and we need to know how much food and art supplies to get.
  • How do I RSVP? Email Stefani at You can pay online at or by cash/check at the door.
  • Can I bring a friend? Sure! Just be sure to include them in your reservation, if you’re bringing them to dinner.
  • What if they’re not Jewish? Great! We hope they learn a lot!
  • Is this program for kids? Yes! (with their families)
  • Is this program for people who aren’t Jewish? Yes! (we welcome everyone who is interested in learning about Shabbat practice)
  • Is this program for people who are Jewish and have celebrated Shabbat every week for their whole lives? Yes! (we deepen our understandings when we reflect on our observance and practices)
  • Is it too late to sign up? No! We can accept reservations through Monday. Then we need to give a count to the caterer.

More questions? Want to sign up? Email Stefani Carlson, TBS Education Director, at or call 330-752-3349. We hope to see you there!

Stefani Carlson
Education Director
Temple Beth Shalom
50 Division Street
Hudson, OH 44236
(330)752-3349 – cell

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