Shabbat in the modern world has grown in many ways. While using digital technology on Shabbat may not be the right answer for some, in times of separation or for those who suffer from issues of mobility, these modern resources can help us stay connected and share the rituals and meaning of Shabbat in ways they couldn’t before.
I have always found value in being with loved ones on Shabbat and it becomes that much more important in times of strife. While we can’t be together physically, we should be able to bring people together in spirit and engage in conversation about how we can support each other and ourselves through these challenging times.
To get started here are some resources you can use to make your shabbat work online:
Register your Shabbat experience with OneTable, and you can distribute nourishment to each virtual attendee – to get information on the best ways to do this contact your regional manager, for DMV area dinners contact Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you don’t feel like hosting your own this week, see GatherDC’s calendar for a list of virtual Shabbats events across the DMV.
About the Author: Alex Fosco is GatherDC’s Community Coordinator and strives to help 20s and 30s build solid foundations and connections so they can thrive in Jewish DC. When she’s not sprinting across the city to meet someone for coffee, you can find her exploring Georgetown, noshing at one of DC’s amazing restaurants, or traipsing through the Virginia wilderness with her friends. Say hi and ask Alex about her love of costuming!
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