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ChiTribe Shabbat Clusters

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Sign Up for ChiTribe Shabbat Clusters and create community and new connections over great food. Eat and celebrate Jewish life together.


What is a VIRTUAL Cluster?

It is a call over zoom at 7:30pm CDT with 10 others (households) to light the candles together, say Kiddish, and Motzei (no matter what you are eating or where you are). These virtual clusters will happen over zoom and the goal is to create a space for you to experience shabbat as part of a community. Also, we will of course play games and have ice breakers on every call.

ChiTribe’s Shabbat clusters are a great way to bring unengaged and unaffiliated Jews into the community. From the 3 cluster shabbats I attended, I was able to meet new people and start building organic and Jewish centric relationships. ChiTribe helps make these shabbats feel intimate, exciting, and comforting through an emphasis on inclusion and pride in being Jewish.

Jonathan Kamel


Groups are for singles and couples. Jews of all backgrounds are welcome. Clusters are formed based on location, age, and sometimes observance level and interests.    

The first 3 months of the program will have set dates for when the same group of clusters will gather hosted by participants. In order for Shabbat Clusters to be successful, we like to have a critical mass of 12-25 people so you will be asked to rank your top 3 choices. Not every cluster will be gathering this round, but we are raising awareness for the many options in ChiTown.


Hosting Shabbat is a rewarding, meaningful experience. It’s a fun, relaxed way to meet and connect with other young people in the Jewish community

Hayley Levitan

What is a Shabbat Cluster Coordinator?

Shabbat Clusters Coordinators help you plan who will host each dinner, where and when it will take place and will answer any questions you have about the program. 

Shabbat Clusters Coordinators help facilitate each cluster dinner (3 dinners) by coordinating who will be hosting and contacting their entire cluster with all the details. Coordinators will not know every one assigned to their cluster personally, and the main goal of this role is to promote community and coordinate each cluster smoothly.

If you are looking to get more involved with the Jewish community, or you are a OneTable host already, this is an exciting opportunity to take on a leadership role within ChiTribe. We are looking for community leaders, but you do not need to be comfortable leading prayers of hosting in your own home.



Find your Tribe with Shabbat Clusters

Shabbat clusters are a great way to create new make meaningful connections in the Jewish community. Also, we hope you will connect to this meaningful experience of Shabbat.

How do I sign up for Shabbat Clusters?

SIGN UP HERE. When you sign up, we will match you with a group of around 12-25 other individuals to meet for a monthly Shabbat dinner. There is a $5 deposit to hold your spot that will go to the charity the cluster body votes for at the end of the cycle. ChiTribe does not profit from Shabbat Clusters. You will be asked to rank your top three choices for clusters and any friend requests.

Where do Shabbat Clusters Happen?

While people celebrate Shabbat in many places, almost all these dinners will take place in the home of hosts in Chicago that are in your Shabbat cluster. There is no obligation to host a dinner.

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