Hosting a JKG Shabbatluck
A few times a month, JKG families get together in each other's homes for informal Shabbat potlucks - we like to call them Shabbatlucks!
These gatherings are a sweet way to end a long week. Kids build deeper friendships outside of the classroom, and parents connect with each other over a glass of wine.
Below is a basic guide to hosting a Shabbatluck for your child's JKG class.
Choose a Date and Time
Choose any date and time that works for you. Shabbatlucks can be a Friday dinner, a Saturday brunch, a Sunday afternoon - it's up to you! (We can send out a Doodle with some options, or just choose a date that works well for your family.)
JKG Staff will send out an invitation to the families in your child's class, which includes a potluck dish sign-up sheet. If you have kids in multiple classes, we can invite both classes - siblings from other classes are always welcome.
Make a Plan
JKG Staff will guide you throughout this whole process... so don't worry if this is your first time hosting!
Decide what you're going to cook as a host. Hosts usually provide an entree, but will not provide the whole meal. Monitor the potluck sign-up list to make sure there's a good variety of dishes being brought.
If you're concerned about fitting lots of people in your home, you can cap the guest list at a certain number of families. Standing room only is perfectly fine - you don't need to plan to fit everyone sitting around a dining room table. You also have the option to host in a public space, like at a park.
Welcome families into your home for the Shabbatluck! Having nametags for people to fill out when they arrive is an easy way to help people get to know each other.
If your family has a custom of lighting candles and making a blessing over wine and challah on Shabbat, you're welcome to lead it for the group.
If your family's Shabbat practice is to high five and say "it's finally Friday!" you're welcome to lead that ritual for the group. We want your Shabbatluck to feel natural and authentic to your family's culture.
Take pictures of the group and enjoy your time together. Shabbat Shalom!