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Shabbat Dinner with Nell & Ed Shapiro

The Shapiros invite you to join them at their home for Shabbat at the Shapiros' — a warm, casual Friday night dinner at their home where members of the WHC community can connect and get to know each other.

Good Food. Good People. Good Conversation.

Whether you are new to Temple life or have been involved for years, Nell and Ed would love to celebrate Shabbat with you.  You will meet new people, discuss what connects you, and share what you find meaningful in Temple life and what might make your experience more fulfilling. All this while enjoying good food, good wine, and good company!

There's no cost to participate, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Take a look at the dates below, and sign up today! You will receive an email about a month before your dinner to confirm your registration and another a week before the dinner with the address and additional details.

2018-2019 Dinner Schedule

Unless otherwise indicated, each Shabbat dinner can accommodate 12 guests and will begin at 7:00 pm at the Shapiros' home.

2018-2019 Dinner Schedule (please click on a date below to sign up):
  • September 28, 2018
  • November 16, 2018
  • December 14, 2018
  • January 11, 2019
  • February 1, 2019
  • March 15, 2019
  • April 12, 2019 — This dinner has reached capacity. Please select another or add your name to our waitlist below.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 — This family-friendly Havdalah picnic (bring your kids!) can accommodate up to 50 people. See below for details!

Sometimes a full table has a cancelation and a seat or two becomes available. If you would like to join our waitlist, please complete this form, and we will contact you if space opens at a Shapiro Shabbat dinner.

Family Havdalah BBQ


For the final "Shabbat at the Shapiros" before before summer break, Nell and Ed invite you to bring your families for a casual, family Havdalah barbecue in their backyard on Saturday, May 11 at 5:30 pm. With a ping-pong table, basketball hoop, and trampoline to entertain, and a great community to connect with, both adults and kids are sure to enjoy this end-of-Shabbat experience.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please click here to RSVP.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We have some answers …

Do I have to be a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation to participate?

No! The dinners are open to all members of our WHC family including our ECC families, and 2239 Young Professionals community.

How much does this cost?

It’s free!

I’m not very active at Temple. Are these dinners just for people who are really involved?

No! In fact, we are glad you are interested in signing up. These dinners are a great way to get to know others at WHC in a relaxed, small group environment.

So, are these dinners primarily for new or less involved members?

Nope. The Shapiros' monthly dinner table is a wonderful mix of longtime and new members, WHC staff, teachers, and ECC parents (who may not be Temple members). Some guests are actively involved and have held leadership positions and others simply attend High Holy Day services. All adults are welcome. You might discover that the person sitting next to you was your college professor, grew up in a town next to yours, or has the same taste in music. We encourage you to sign up and find out.

I completed a registration form, now what? 

About a month before the dinner, you will receive an email confirming your registration. In rare cases, the email might come sooner to inform you that the dinner is at capacity and give you the option to be added to our waitlist or register for a different dinner. About one week before your confirmed dinner, you will receive a second email with the address and additional details.

I registered, but now I have a conflict and cannot attend.

This happens. Please send an email to as soon as possible to let us know. We will remove you from the list of attendees, and you can register for another date if you wish.

I have little kids and getting a babysitter for a Friday evening is difficult. May I bring my family?

Dinners at the Shapiros' home are just for adults, but Nell and Ed are hosting a special family-friendly Havdalah dinner picnic on May 11, 2019 where your children are most welcome. We hope you will join us!