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New: COME ENJOY FRIDAY NIGHT
DINNERS AT CHABAD!

Everyone Welcome -  at Chabad we're all family!
Open to Locals and Travelers


Gourmet 3 Course Shabbat Dinner Catered by Kosher Charlotte 
Reserve for any of our upcoming Shabbat Dinners


Cost is $36 per person

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(July 30 Dinner is currently closed) [email protected] for more information

Currently accepting reservations for August 6, 2021 
Please reserve by Monday, August 2 the August 6 Shabbat Dinner.

Candle Lighting at 7:30, Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by dinner 

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Excerpts from a recent article about Shabbat dinners:

Shabbat, that traditionally religious, meditative bookend of the working week, seems to be undergoing something of a renaissance.

“The concept of spending quality time with friends and family while taking a break from scrolling on Instagram—is for everyone,” Ariel Okin wrote ‘How To Host A Shabbat Dinner And Why You Should – Even If You Aren’t Celebrating’. “It is an ancient antidote to our modern ailments.”

Ancient antidote indeed. If you believe the press, all the cool Jewish millennials, Hollywood celebrities and trendsetters are hosting and attending Shabbat dinners. In an exchange of emails between Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer, later published in the New York Times, Portman wrote: “Shabbat is such a lovely idea that I’m trying to revive in my life. We aren’t allowed to move a book from one place to another on Shabbat, or turn on a light, or buy something — because those things would show the passage of time. And Shabbat is the one day when we can stop time.”

Mila Kunis recently  told the Jerusalem Post: “We (Ashton Kutcher and I) do Shabbat at our house. At Shabbat, you have a sip of wine. Friday mornings, my daughter wakes up and I say it’s Friday, she says, ‘I can have wine!’”

A few months earlier, Ashton Kutcher posted a Shabbat photo and message on his Instagram feed; it acquired 4,000 likes in under an hour.

Due to the nature of tech addiction and social media, Shabbat is perhaps more relevant today than in any other period of history.

Today, many are using Shabbat as a concentrated time to unplug from their digital devices. Irene Michaels, an expert in Holistic Health at Saint Catherine University in Minnesota, conducted research which found that unplugging during Shabbat led to participants feeling healthier both physically and emotionally, as well as more socially connected.

Those feeling lonely – and particularly those looking for a match — often look to Friday night dinners as a solution.

“I live in central London and I’m single. I’m looking for someone Jewish but I feel like I’ve exhausted JSwipe. So almost every Friday I go to a Shabbat dinner for young professionals hosted by the Center for Jewish Life or my shul”, says Cara Harris, 35, an accountant who came to London from San Francisco for work. “I’ve met a few good guys through these and it’s always an interesting evening. And if I don’t meet a guy, it’s a fun night out with delicious food and a comforting ritual to close out the week. Shabbat dinner shouldn’t just be for families; singles appreciate them too,”

Lauren Adilev, 50, from Neve Daniel, Israel, met her ex-husband at a Shabbaton (a Shabbat dinner organized by either a shul or an organization, typically taking place in a hotel or at alternate family’s homes). The dinner is typically followed by an oneg (party) with some mingling and sometimes a lecture on a Torah portion. “I didn’t go to meet anyone,” she says. “I was there to get off the couch. I liked the event, there were nice people. 19 weeks later, I got married to one of the men I met that night.”