CommunitySocial Activities

Community Shabbat Dinner

The first Friday of the month is a potluck community Shabbat dinner beginning at 6:30pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish, dessert or drink to share. Enjoy this time to socialize with friends and meet new folks in our community!


Torah Study

Torah study is held from 9:00-10:00am before our monthly Shabbat Morning service, except when there is a bar/bat mitzvah. We read the Torah portion of the week and discuss what it meant in its own time, how our sages have interpreted it in the past, and what it means to us today. All materials are provided and no prior Torah or Hebrew knowledge is required. Just come ready to learn!


Sisterhood and Men's Club

Sisterhood sponsors educational and social programs, a Book Club and operates our synagogue gift shop. Men's Club is in charge of putting up the CBS sukkah each year, gathers together to watch the Super Bowl each year and goes out to local restaurants for dinner.


Tot Shabbat

The first Friday of the month young Jewish families gather for Tot Shabbat, an informal, kid-friendly service from 6:00-6:30pm. We pray, sing, read a story, and learn about Jewish holidays together. Sababa the Shabbat Dinosaur celebrates Shabbat with us and goes home each month with a different family to celebrate Shabbat at their home. The kids love Sababa! Following Tot Shabbat, we join the rest of the community for Shabbat dinner together. Congregation Bayt Shalom also participates in PJ Library, a family engagement program sending free Jewish books monthly to the homes of Jewish children ages 6 months- 8 years old. For more information, please visit pjlibrary.org

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Young Jewish Professionals: YJP

YJP is made up of young professionals, graduate students, singles and couples. We meet at local restaurants for dinner, get together at people's homes, and celebrate Jewish holidays together. To join the YJP list for upcoming events, please email the congregation president at president@baytshalom.org

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Oneg Hosting

Members of the congregation volunteer to host the Friday night Oneg (the party after services). Whether you've hosted before or would like to try it for the first time, you'll get support when you host. Members bring desserts and help with set up and clean up.

Call or text Rosalie Hutchens, (252) 717-0012 to find an available date to volunteer for this 'delight'-ful mitzvah!

Hosting a Friday night Oneg is a piece of cake! Here’s what you need to do:

Bring:

Challah bread (you can order them from Lowe’s Foods, Harris Teeter and Fresh Market)
Flowers (optional -usually given to the Rabbi & her husband to enjoy the following week)
Treats (optional - others will bring treats as well - cookies, fruit, and cake are always popular)
Drinks (optional, non-alcoholic - we usually have some in stock; bring perhaps a liter or two of soda or juice).

Prepare:

Shabbat candles
Wine and juice for kiddish (we have wine, juice and small cups in the kitchen)
Put tableclothes on the community room tables and set out napkins, plates, cups, etc (we have these in the kitchen).

Arrive about a half hour early to set up. Services generally start at 7:30. The Rabbi generally gets there around 7:15. If you would like to set up prior to Shabbat, the key is available for pickup at the synagogue on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 until 5:45.

Clean Up:

Garbage goes in bins outside behind the building
Remove table cloths. Take home to wash or have someone else volunteer
Do dishes
Put unused items in kitchen
Turn off lights
Lock doors

And, don't worry - more experienced folks who regularly arrive a little early will help you!