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Greenville Jewish Federation to host Community Shabbat Dinner

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Jewish Federation is inviting the entire community this November to take part in a traditional dinner centered on coming together and strengthening friendships.

The Community Shabbat Dinner will be held Friday, November 3, 2023 from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Greenville. Guests will learn about the Shabbat tradition, listen to Israeli music and enjoy a Parve menu created by Chef360 with Project Host as a special partner to help braid and bake the challah bread before the event. A Kosher option is also available.

Tickets can be purchased here and sponsorship packages are available here.

“Each Shabbat is a time for Jews to set aside the hustle and bustle of the outside world to rest, reflect, celebrate, and share a meal,” said Courtney Tessler, the CEO of The Greenville Jewish Federation. “As much as it is a time for families, it is also a chance to enjoy the company of extended family and community in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Greenville will be counted among more than 1,400 cities from 97 countries as part of an international movement hosting Shabbat events that weekend. The Greenville Community Shabbat Dinner also will feature a talk by historian and scholar Elliott McCarty, an explanation on Shabbat and its traditions, a candle lighting and of course, the meal, which includes challah bread, Israeli salad, matza ball soup, honey baked chicken breast slices, baked salmon, egg noodle kugel, tzimmes, and dessert of rugelach and babka.

“This Shabbat dinner is about togetherness,” Tessler said. “To open our tables to new and old friends, to celebrate Yiddishkeit (Jewishness), to raise our glasses, and tell our story.”

About the Greenville Jewish Federation:

The Greenville Jewish Federation is a dynamic organization dedicated to serving and strengthening the Jewish community in Greenville and neighboring counties. With a rich philanthropy and community-building history, the Federation works tirelessly to support educational programs, social services, cultural events, and advocacy efforts that promote Jewish values, heritage, and unity.

To learn more about the Greenville Jewish Federation's initiatives and upcoming programs, visit


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