The Good Shabbos Community website has been set up to provide a selection of activities for Friday nights for non-religious Jews who would like to have some connection with their heritage and find the congregational model does not work for them.
The initiator of the website is Ian Bersten who lives in Roseville - a Sydney suburb- Australia. I have tried to make it universal so that what is said is applicable to Jews everywhere. Nothing is a must - the choices have to be made by the participants who will select whatever they want to do. The only responsibility of the organizer is to make choices that are enjoyable and will encourage guests to come back again or organize their own celebration.
The important thing is that every person should do something and join the singing and share in the work to make the host's job easier
Who is this site for
This site is for anyone who wants to engage with their Jewish heritage and culture.
It is for grandparents who want to invite their children and grandchildren over on Friday nights
For parents who want to celebrate with their own children
For neighbors with or without children
For anybody who thinks they might enjoy it
We hope that in each city and region that all the members of Good Shabbos Network will join together and meet regularly and have larger meetings where others can come along and see how much fun you are having. It should be possible for someone to be in contact locally to foster the growth of the organisation.
It is a good idea to make contact with local Synagogues, Jewish newspapers and roof bodies to let them know you exist so that they can pass on new members to you and so that you can participate in social occasions together.
iN STRUCTIONS FOR USERS ON HOW TO GET TEH WORDS AND THE SONSD
. Sharing. Many hands make light work. Share the load.
If there is food, bring something.
Try to turn up on time.
Make sure the host knows how many people you are bringing. The night will be a disaster if too many people turn up and they cannot fit in and more chairs have to be found.
It is very important that new members are introduced to everybody. It is important everybody feels as if they are part of a family.
If you want to go to dinner or a movie, try and invite some of the other people there. That is how you make a community - by doing things together
The information that is used each week