Posted by Sandy Slavet

Shabbat dinnerShabbat should be welcomed each week with friends and family, candle lighting, Kiddush, challah, a delicious meal, singing, and the joy that all of this brings. Without any of this, it just wouldn’t be Shabbat. On Friday, February 15, the 80 participants of JF&CS Chaverim Chaim (Friends for Life) had all this and more at their Shabbat dinner hosted by JF&CS at our Waltham Headquarters: the friends, the ceremony, the meal, the singing, and the joy. Thanks to funding from Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), JF&CS was able to provide it all!

But it isn’t easy to host a wonderful Shabbat dinner for 80 friends. It was a special treat for us to have 10 wonderful volunteers from CJP’s Young Leadership Division Hands-On Philanthropy help set up, serve, join folks around the tables for dinner, schmooze, sing, and, of course, clean-up. As is often the case, it’s hard to determine who benefits more, the volunteers or the participants. As is often the case, this night was a tie! Bryanne Mahoney, Development Officer for CJP’s Young Leadership Division, shared:

“Thank you so much for such an amazing opportunity to volunteer with your program at the Shabbat dinner last Friday. Our volunteers absolutely loved the experience and are already asking how to get more involved.

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