Complimentary “Shabbat In A Bag” This Friday

Complete Shabbat Tableby Jennifer Thomas

While many families had the chance to come together for the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holidays, the Jewish Community Center of Dallas (The J) has created a unique opportunity for families to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season and spend time together.

On Friday, December 13, The J will distribute 500 complimentary “Shabbat in a Bag” to families of all faiths from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location at 7900 Northaven Rd. in Dallas. Each bag contains Challah bread, a braided loaf that is part of the Shabbat meal, grape juice (representing wine), candles and a special card with all the blessings recited as Shabbat begins. Bags will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.   

“Shabbat is a special time for Jewish families to tune out the busy work week and truly come together,” said Artie Allen, The J’s executive director. “As a Dallas friend and neighbor of people of all faiths, we at The J wanted to share the ‘Shabbat in a Bag’ experience with anyone who can appreciate the importance of bringing friends and loved ones together for conversation and a shared meal.”

In Judaism, Shabbat, which is celebrated weekly beginning at sundown on Friday through Sundown on Saturday, is considered a time to stop working, spend time with family and to contemplate the spiritual aspects of life. Shabbat dinners typically include a special braided bread called Challah, wine or grape juice, a lighting of candles and different blessings for each at the beginning of the meal. It’s considered a good deed to invite people into one’s home to break bread and to share Shabbat dinner.


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