So you’re ready to Get Together with your friends – that’s amazing! Need some ideas? Below you’ll find fast How-To’s for hosting Shabbat or a Havdalah celebration plus easy ideas for hands-on crafts, service projects, and holiday-themed nights out (or in). You can also find tons of ideas on the Get Together Pinterest board.
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Planning a Shabbat family game night that’s fun for all ages may feel like a major operation, especially when you don’t have a clue about what the whole family can enjoy together. How do you connect four people when it seems like personal devices have a monopoly on life? And if you run into trouble, or the dreaded “I’m bored”s, is it worth the hassle to start over and try another game? Luckily, there are TONS of options out there for family game night, and for those families who are Shabbat observant, there are plenty of Shabbat-friendly games that don’t require writing or other tools and instruments. Try some of these games below:
Minute to Win It Games
- Large cloth napkin or cloth (preferably plain white or neutral)
- Fabric markers
- Tape newspaper on your table to protect the surface, then tape down corners of the napkin on top to help keep the fabric from shifting.
- Then let your kids go for it!
- They can draw pictures, write messages, or just go where their imagination takes them. (Just don’t let them draw on themselves—fabric markers are not washable.)
If the kids are old enough, let them take the reins on the cooking. Take inspiration from the popular cooking show and turn a potluck gathering into a recipe test kitchen or a friendly “Chopped Shabbat” competition. Everyone attending brings a random ingredient with them. You all work together or split up into teams to figure out how to incorporate all of the randomly assembled ingredients into a dinner for everyone to share. (Just be sure to communicate dietary restrictions ahead of time). Will you be dining on potato-chip pizza? Latke grilled cheese? Everything-but-the-kitchen sink cholent? You won’t know until you make it.
- 4 ½ teaspoons instant yeast
- 1½ cup warm water
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup oil
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 4.5 liquid oz or 9 tbsp aquafaba
- 9 cups bread flour
- Spray oil and toppings (sesame seeds, zaatar, kosher salt, whatever you'd like)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add yeast, ½ cup warm water, sugar, oil, salt and aquafaba, and whisk for 1-2 minutes until lightly frothy.
- Switch to the dough hook then slowly add in most of the flour, reserving ½ cup.
- Slowly add in 1 cup warm water and the rest of the flour. Reserve ½ cup for later.
- Knead dough for 4-5 minutes until it's not sticky.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a clean towel. Let is rise for 90 minutes in a warm place or until doubled.
- Divide the dough into three parts. *Tip: use a kitchen scale to make sure these are even. Each third will become a challah.
- Divide your first dough section into three parts. Stretch and roll the dough into three long pieces.
- Braid your challah! (Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect.)
- Repeat this step for your other two loaves.
- Let the dough rise for 30 minutes, then brush with a bit of spray coconut oil or regular oil and sprinkle on your toppings.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Let your bread cool for 30 minutes. If you're not eating your challah right away, put it in an air-tight plastic bag or cover it with foil.
Blend tahini, water, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender.
Add chickpeas, salt, and garlic, and pulse ingredients until incorporated, then blend until smooth.
Dip veggies, bread, or whatever you like.
TIP: Don’t have a blender? Use a whisk to mix your tahini, water and lemon juice. You can smash your chickpeas with a fork or potato masher.
Ingredients for sauce:
¼ cup tamari or soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp minced fresh garlic
2 tbsp cornstarch
½ cup water
Ingredients for stir fry:
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1-2 lbs boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 3 cups of chopped vegetables (such as onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and snow peas)
- Sliced green onions for garnish (*Optional)
- In a bowl, whisk together all of your sauce ingredients.
- Add your oil to a wok or skillet set at medium-high heat.
- Dredge the chicken pieces with cornstarch and shake off any excess.
- Carefully add the chicken to the wok. You’ll want to cook your meat in batches so that it does not get too crowded in the pan. Cook your Chicken until it is slightly brown and cooked through.
- Remove the cooked chicken and set it aside.
- Add your vegetables into that same skillet or wok and stir them until they are cooked through.
- Pour the sauce over the vegetables, add the chicken back to the pan, and lower the heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Serve over white rice and garnish with green onions.
- 4 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 cup French fried onions, crushed
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut each zucchini in half. Cut each half lengthwise into sticks.
- Combine flour, salt, and pepper in one bowl. In a second bowl, whisk eggs. In a third bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs and crispy onions.
- Bread the zucchini by dipping each spear in flour, then egg, and finally breadcrumb mixture.
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Lay each spear flat on the sheet. Spray a light layer of cooking spray over the top.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve with ketchup, dressing, or dip. Make a “flame” by dipping!
- Small pillow form
- Fleece fabric
- Cut fleece into two squares, each square a little larger than the pillow form. Leave an extra 3 inches (7.5 cm) or so on all sides.
- Now cut fringes on all sides. Each fringe should be about the length and width of your index finger.
- Place the two pieces of fleece on top of each other. (If your fleece is patterned, make sure the pattern faces out on both sides.)
- Knot together the fringes of the first square to the corresponding fringes on the second square.
- Continue until three sides of the pillowcase are done.
- Insert the pillow form into the pillowcase, then knot together the fringes on the last side. Voila!
- A plain canvas bag or large white paper bag
- Piece of cardboard or some scrap paper
- Art supplies like markers, ink pads, paint, stickers
- Paper or card stock
- Small toys, games, and goodies
- A small flashlight
- Decorate a bag. Place cardboard or scrap paper inside to keep the art from leaking. Have fun decorating with fabric paint, stamps, markers, and other supplies.
- As your bag dries, make a get-well card on paper or card stock.
- Fill bag with books, games, toys, stickers, crayons, and other fun items. Put get-well card on top.
- Deliver the bag to a friend who is feeling sick or make a bunch for children in a local hospital -- just be sure to doublecheck with the hospital staff about what items they need and can accept.
Do you want to start observing Shabbat but you're not sure how or where to start? Keep things simple with this sweet video.
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