• Midwest meets Mid-East for Israeli-style YPs Shabbat

    May 11th, 2011 | Section: Local News, Whats Happening, Young Professionals

    Join young professionals like Chelsea Golding, Mike Sarason and Rachel Juran and get connected to the Jewish community.

    Shabbat hasn’t been this much fun since we were back at Sinai! Jewish young professionals are invited to get with their fellow Israelites and get back to their roots when Access presents the Mid-East Feast: Israeli Wine and Dine Shabbat on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Art of Entertaining in O’Bryonville. The event is free with advance reservations.

    It all starts with appetizers and a sampling of select Israeli wines and beers, a perfect complement to the five-course Mediterranean meal that will follow. Participants will have the chance to watch culinary experts prepare the evening’s repast in the open-view kitchen using the season’s freshest ingredients to bring the tastes, textures and aromas of all the best Israeli fare to the table!

    Then, guests will head to the outdoor terrace where they will celebrate Shabbat with a few simple prayers and sit down to a delicious gourmet dinner under the stars. Plus, a specially selected playlist of the most popular Israeli songs will add to the atmosphere of the evening.

    This event is the next in Access’ Got Shabbat series that takes place several times throughout the year. Others have included Shabbat ShaBark at Lakeside Lodge in Sharon Woods where guests got to bring their favorite four-legged friends to share in a fun and casual camp-style Shabbat, complete with a guitar player, fire pit and of course, s’mores; and Down on the Farm at an organic, free-range farm in Loveland where participants got to learn about sustainable farming and enjoy a meal of roasted organic chicken and wild rice as well as produce picked fresh from the field.

    In August, Access will present Indian Summer Shabbat featuring authentic Indian food, music and more, and this December, guests will be treated to a CelebRussian Shabbat, a salute to the culture and traditions of Access’ many “first generation” young professional participants of Russian heritage.

    “Our Got Shabbat series provides the perfect opportunity for young professionals to meet new people while participating in a Jewish activity without any strings attached,” explains Access program coordinator, Rachel Plowden. “No matter what your level of experience or observance, it’s less about knowing the prayers and more about getting together to wind down the work week with other Jewish young adults in a fun and relaxed atmosphere,” she adds.

    More than 130 people are expected to attend this event. Space is limited and will fill up quickly. To RSVP, or for more information about this event, please consult the Community Directory in this paper for contact information to Access no later than May 17.

    Access, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation, offers four to seven programs a month designed to help Jewish young professionals get connected to one another and to the Jewish community. Most programs are completely free or very deeply subsidized. Some past programs have included, DIVE at the Newport Aquarium, The Underground, White Out Miami: All White All Night, The World’s Biggest Bar Mitzvah Party, Casino Royale, Saturday Night Staycation and many more. In addition, Access also runs a host of other Signature Programs throughout the year including No Boyz Allowed just for women, No Ma’am just for the guys, HeBREW Happy Hour, JSPN (Jewish Sports Network), JCafe: Light Conversation and Latte, ACTout and JGourmet Cooking Classes.

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