You may recall that just over a year ago, David’s Voice ran an article on a group of Jewish young adults who began to organize casual and informal Shabbat dinners once a month at different people’s homes. Over the past year this tradition has become a staple for many; some of the dinners have even exceeded 50 people.
David’s Voice has been able to capture the perspective of some of the young adults whose lives have been affected by these dinners, now affectionately known as Shabbatlucks. Some of the most telling and interesting accounts proved to be from people who are new to Cincinnati. Read on for more:
Ethan Levine and Emme Edelman's story:
|Typical Scene at a Shabbatluck Dinner|
Edana Appel's story:
|Dinner at Edana's Apartment|
When I moved to Cincinnati from Los Angeles a little over a year ago I was a bit nervous, but this was going to be the third time in my life I would be moving to a city where I didn't really know anyone, so I was prepared. I was fortunate to have a few grown ups in town looking out for me, but finding people my own age was going to be a challenge, especially since the place I work consists of two people besides myself, whom I also classify as grown ups.
I attended my first Shabbatuck in September after being invited at an Access event and being pushed by another friend of mine new to the "Shabbatuck scene". We met up and drove down to Gil Palmon's place downtown and had absolutely no idea what we were getting into. Was it a bit awkward? Yup. But it was also the least overwhelming social experience I had had since moving to Cincinnati. That night I was also lucky enough that my talent for baking cakes earned me a gold star of celebrity. Since then I have been lucky enough to attend these monthly gatherings and have met a lot of great people, many of whom have become my close friends.
Along came December and I found myself hosting ShabbatLuck on the one year anniversary of the group and let's just say it was a pretty crazy night. I mean, my apartment is large but it is not huge and yet we managed to squeeze in 30 or so people. It was probably one of the most exciting moments for me since I moved here. First of all, to see a group of young Jews just getting together to have Shabbat dinner, no religious organization involved, and to see other people enjoying in the experience that has basically been one of the key pieces in making Cincinnati feel like I place i can call home. I am really thankful for the people who started this group and hope that I can help them continue the chain of welcoming new people into the community!
To learn more about the Shabbatlucks or to get on the email invitation list, contact Mike Sarason at email@example.com.