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ChiTribe Virtual Shabbat Clusters

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The Next Round of Clusters Begins February 26th 2021!

Shabbat Clusters have gone virtual with 10 households on a each Zoom cluster. Together, we live the new normal and light the candles, say Kiddish, and Motzei (no matter what you are eating or where you are). These virtual clusters create a space for you to experience Shabbat as part of a community, even during a global pandemic.

What do you expect from Virtual Clusters?

While pre-pandemic people celebrated Shabbat in many places, ChiTribe is making Shabbat virtual. If you are interested in finding a great community to share a meal with and light the candles with, virtual clusters are the move. Each session will have an ice breaker and an activity including guess whose baby picture Shabbat, would you rather Shabbat, Codename Shabbat, and more. 

ChiTribe has provided my link to the outside world during the pandemic. In the tumult of intensely loneliness living alone, and the fear and confusion of working in an industry kneecapped by an economic collapse, ChiTribe became a constant presence with weekly virtual Shabbat cluster dinners. I’ve made new friends and strengthened friends with those I’d had before. I’ve felt just as, if not more, connected to the Jewish community as before this entire crisis. ChiTribe enabled that.

Matt W.

When Are Virtual clusters?

Every cluster will take place 6 different nights from 7 PM-8 PM, every other Friday night. ChiTribe has been hosting virtual clusters throughout the Pandemic. Now we are expanding the crew!

Virtual Shabbat Cluster Sessions 2021

February 26

March 12, 26

April 9, 23

May 7


How are Clusters formed?

Clusters are formed based on location, age, and will be taking place every other week Zoom (after sundown**). Each cluster will have 10-12 participants and a Shabbat Cluster leader. We are looking for volunteers to lead our clusters! Just let us know you are interested when you register. 

We LOVED Shabbat Clusters and made our first couple friends as a couple though ChiTribe Shabbat Clusters. We see them all the time now! Shabbat Clusters was a low-key way to spend a Friday night, meeting new people and celebrating Shabbat.

Shana Silver & Adam Yasinow

How much do Clusters Cost?

The cost for 6 sessions of ChiTribe virtual clusters is $36. All the proceeds from the registration cost goes to supporting ChiTribe programming. If the fee is cost-prohibitive to you, please let us know at Rebecca@ChiTribe.org and we will work with you to make it accessible. Clusters begin February 26th, 2021 and continue through May.

ChiTribe provided Jewish community at a time when I felt alone and scared. ChiTribe brought together people I would never have met, and the community and consistency of the group has brought new friendships and people I can turn to for advice. I am incredibly grateful that ChiTribe remained active during the Pandemic, and I am excited to continue spending Shabbat with my cluster. Honestly it is the one calendar invite I always look forward to.

Shoshi B.

Special Clusters

Past Virtual Shabbat Clusters: TV Binges

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What is a Shabbat Cluster Coordinator?

Shabbat Clusters Coordinators help run each virtual cluster. ChiTribe provides a module for each of the six sessions with game options, ice breaker questions, and more to help you create a virtual community for Shabbat. Email Rebecca to get involved!

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