Guess Who is Coming to Shabbat Dinner


Guess Who's Coming To Shabbat???

It just may be you!


BTBJ Community-wide Shabbat Celebration

"Guess Who's Coming to Shabbat"

Dear Friends,

Guess Who's Coming to Shabbat is a program that partners congregants with one another for Shabbat dinners in their own homes. You have the opportunity to 

host a Shabbat Dinner at your home, attend a Shabbat Dinner at the home of another or hopefully, do both.   

This program began at Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pa. several years ago (in memory of one of their congregants, Bernie Albert) and had two goals:

1. To strengthen the synagogue community

2. To help families build meaningful memories

This initiative has since spread to other synagogues around the country and we would like to share the joy right here at BTBJ.  Our synagogue first ran this program back in 2014 and it was a huge success. We want our members to enjoy Shabbat and get to know one another outside of the walls of the synagogue.

As a guest, you, your friends and/or family, if applicable, will be invited by a fellow congregant to their home for a Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat experience.

As a host, when inviting, we ask hosts to think beyond their immediate circle and invite those they may not know well.  Engage new and returning families.  For hosts unsure of whom to invite, BTBJ can play Shabbat matchmaker for you.

When you sign up to Host, you will receive a list of potential guests.  If you already know who you will be inviting to your home, you will not need a guest list.   Hosts can invite any number of congregants of their choosing.  The idea is to expand our community in the warm and welcoming way that is the hallmark of BTBJ.  Prayers and selected readings will also be provided to all hosts, along with a Shabbat checklist for added convenience.

Hosts can provide as much of the dinner as desired or simply coordinate a "pot luck" Shabbat.  If you don't keep Kosher, that's okay.  We only ask that you serve kosher meat, chicken or fish and that you do not mix dairy and meat.  Also, an all dairy and/or pareve meal works just fine.  Don't have time to cook?  That's okay, too.  We have made arrangements for Shabbat dinner packages through Ian Drossner at Barclay Caterers.  Contact for dinner options.

The date we have designated for the program is:

Friday, March 15, 2019

Whether you choose to be a Host, be a Guest or BOTH, one thing will be certain:  You will know yet again that you are part of a vibrant community that values you, and your commitment to what you value most - family, friends, community and so much more.  



Marla Sones, Adult Ed Chair                    Valarie Hurwitz                        

Community Seder

Holocaust Programs

April 28 at 1:00pm

Please join the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia to commemorate the six million Jews who perished in the Shoah and honor the survivors living in our communities. This event is being held at the Monument to the Six Million Jewish Martyrs at 16th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City. Please note it is free of charge. 

May 1 at 7:00PM 

Cuker Holocaust Memorial Program 

We welcome Daniel Goldsmith, Holocaust Survivor to BTBJ.

Social Action

Men's Club Event

Save the Date

Men's Club Texas Hold Em' Poker Night

April 30, 2019 7:30pm 

Shabbat Dinner

Talent Show

BTBJ Book Club

With Rabbi Saul I. Grife

Thursday, May 16 at 7:00pm

Books for Sale in BTBJ Office


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:00am
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:00am
Friday, April 19, 2019 (All day)
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 7:00am
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 8:00am



Online Gift Shop

Traditional Jewish Gifts - Jewish Gifts, Judaica Gifts, Wedding Glass, Mezuzah Store

BTBJ Sisterhood is excited to participate as an affitliate of the online Judaic website, Traditions Jewish Gifts.  

Currently Traditions Jewish Gifts is offering a special coupon to their affiliates.  Enter special COUPON CODE: AF240, to receive $5.00 off the order, with no minimum order required. 

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