About NoHo Community Shabbat
Above: Our first NoHo Community Shabbat on August 29th, 2022!
Update 09/14/2023: Our next Strike Solidarity Shabbat dinner will be Friday 9/22, two days after our next SAG-AFTRA/WGA Jewish Special Picket on 9/20 at Paramount (LA)! Visit the Melodity Productions Instagram for more info. (Shabbat dinner RSVP required by Wed 9/20: click here to request a seat!)
"More than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews."In August 2022, Melodity Productions founder Melanie Ehrlich started the NoHo Community Shabbat series, a free monthly outdoor community Shabbat dinner for local Jewish folks to meet, eat, relax, and unplug from the demands of the rest of the week. With work not permitted on Shabbat, it's an opportunity to connect with each other not as "contacts" but genuinely on a personal level. Jewish, Jew-"ish" or otherwise, Jewish folks of all backgrounds are welcome.
Above: Our NoHo Community Shabbat One-Year Anniversary dinner on August 25th, 2023 / Elul 8 5783!
On August 25th, 2023 / Elul 8 5783, NoHo Community Shabbat co-sponsored the 1st SAG-AFTRA/WGA Jewish Actors, Writers, and Friends Special Picket in solidarity with our striking SAG-AFTRA and WGA member friends, and once picket signs were down for the week we hosted our 2nd SAG-AFTRA/WGA Strike Solidarity Shabbat dinner and celebrated NoHo Community Shabbat's One-Year Anniversary!!
Every NoHo Community Shabbat is unique. Additionally, thanks to amazing community members (like you!), we occasionally we have the opportunity for an extra-special Shabbat, such as our Seollal Shabbat (pictured) celebrating both Shabbat and the Korean/Lunar New Year! We would love to build a network of local folks with private outdoor space (backyards, patios, etc.) who are open to hosting NoHo Community Shabbats every once in a while to help facilitate this. If that's you, reach out and let's make it happen!
What people have to say after attending their first NoHo Community Shabbat meal
"Thanks again for the warmth friendship community sharing friends games food and AMAZING Shabbat!!! Had so much fun!"
Support NoHo Community Shabbat
The gift of Shabbat belongs to every Jew, and our goal is to keep all NoHo Community Shabbat events--including Shabbat dinners and seders--completely free and open to the community. NoHo Community Shabbat particularly aims to make itself accessible to low-income, unaffiliated, and/or single Jews, filling significant gaps in our community for those who often otherwise fall through the cracks of Jewish community involvement.While NoHo Community Shabbat dinners are free to attend, they are NOT free to produce, and relies 100% on donations from attendees and supporters. There are many ways to help! If you'd like to support NoHo Community Shabbat, here's how you can help us thrive:
DONATIONS: The most effective way to support our efforts is through monetary donations, which allows us maximum efficiency in determining where we can allocate funds. Currently, we can accept donations via Zelle to melodityproductions at gmail dot com. Visa gift cards are also helpful!
WISH LISTS/REGISTRIES: The NoHo Community Shabbat Amazon wish list has a number of our most used/needed items, ranging from under $10 to over $100, for a convenient method of support. The NoHo Community Shabbat Bookshop.org registry also has written works that would enhance and support our programming and offerings. (Our most needed wish list items: Tablecloths, Kedem grape juice, battery-operated LED tealights, paper cups [4oz for kiddush, 8-10oz otherwise, preferably from recycled paper])
GIFT CARDS: Some that are particularly helpful for our needs include Ralphs/Kroger, Trader Joes, Target, Amazon, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Dollar Tree. Gift cards for local NoHo kosher establishments, such as Cambridge Farms, Continental Kosher Bakery, and Pacific Kosher, are also VERY helpful. That said, we're pretty scrappy and can find a use for just about any denomination or retailer that fits our needs--try us.
COSTCO MEMBERSHIP: If you'd like to sponsor a Costco membership for us to make the most of our resources, email us to make arrangements accordingly.
IN-KIND DONATIONS: As our community is constantly growing, so are our needs; in-kind donations of both goods and services will greatly help us continue our plans for future growth. At this stage, we could benefit from both legal and accounting help, as well as in-kind donations of ritual items such as grape juice, challah, Shabbat "candles" (LED tealights), and more.
VENUE/SPACE: In the interest of protecting our community, we would love to build a network of local folks with private outdoor space (backyards, patios, etc.) who are open to hosting NoHo Community Shabbats every once in a while. We will set up and clean up everything; all you have to do is provide the space and enjoy the meal!
SETUP HELP: Do you have some free time/hands before a NoHo Community Shabbat? Let us know if you can help prepare, transport items, or set up beforehand. It's a huge help!
CONNECT WITH US: Do you know someone who would dig what we're doing and can help us keep doing it? Please email nohocommunityshabbat at gmail dot com with info and we'll take it from there.
If you have any questions or another idea not listed, please email nohocommunityshabbat at gmail dot com.
THANK YOU to our supporters!
Much love to Nathan S. for his recent support via the NoHo Community Shabbat Amazon wish list! We have plates now! So many plates!!
Big thanks to Ange M. for his recent support via the NoHo Community Shabbat Amazon wish list!
Huge thanks to Danit K. for her generous support in HOSTING us for a recent NoHo Community Shabbat!
Want your name here with the greats? The NoHo Community Shabbat Amazon wish list has a number of our most used/needed items ranging from under $10 to over $100 for a convenient method of support, or for other ideas/options email us at nohocommunityshabbat at gmail dot com!
Contact NoHo Community Shabbat
If you have ideas, an offer to help, or questions about NoHo Community Shabbat, email us at nohocommunityshabbat at gmail dot com. We'd love to hear from you!