For families the best place to start with is in your
home with a few people you know locally. Other parents can come alone or bring the children. It means
they can walk to the meeting place. A short drive or ride means it is more likely to happen. Being close
geographically makes it more likely that you will do things together.
For young people it really doesn't matter where. You
might be able to get a room at your school or have a party at home.
For young adults find a convenient location near
your University, dorm, workplace - anywhere. You might find a charity to support and have a meeting before
you do something together.
Anywhere that works is OK. Just use your
imagination. The local Synagogue or a Temple might be happy to give you a room. You might want to participate
in their social activities. You might find a room where you work - your company might be very happy to
demonstrate a good community spirit and engender a positive response to people outside the company. The local
coffee shop might have a private room or if you get there early enough a retaurant might be able to let
you use the back or upstairs.
Try and find a place that has a warm atmosphere, You
can always make a room have a Jewish atmosphere by having some candles, the challah on a cloth and a bottle
of wine and some glasses and any other food you want. Food always makes for a welcome atmosphere. You
can play some Jewish music in the background. Klezmer music is always popular.
Nobody cares if you do it on a Friday night - Saturday morning or any time that is
convenient is OK. Just before brunch is an excellent time.