Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, has been called a “palace in time.” If we can’t create a perfect world, we strive to create an oasis in time — a place where we find the perfection missing in the world around us — at least for 25 hours a week.
Shabbat begins before sundown on Friday and ends after sundown on Saturday. Religiously observant Jews mark the day by refraining from all sorts of work and creative activity. It’s a day of rest — a day to nourish the soul.
Shabbat in Jerusalem is a special experience. Stores and restaurants start closing in the early afternoon on Friday. By late afternoon, as the time for lighting the Shabbat candles approaches, a hush descends on the city and there are fewer cars on the roads.
For Jewish visitors to Jerusalem, Shabbat dinner with Chef Zev and his wife Sarah is a wonderful alternative to an impersonal meal in a hotel. It would be a shame to spend a Shabbat in Jerusalem but miss out on the opportunity to experience a true Shabbat “Jerusalem-style.”
For non-Jewish visitors, Shabbat dinner with Chef Zev provides an opportunity to not only enjoy a gourmet meal in a comfortable home setting but also to learn about the Jewish Sabbath.
Shabbat is one of the cornerstones of Jewish religious observance. As Ahad Ha’am (an early 20th c. essayist) said, “More than Israel has kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept Israel.”
Chef Zev spent several years studying in a yeshiva — a traditional Jewish center for learning — and he’s happy to share explanations of the rituals and blessings associated with the Sabbath with guests.
In keeping with the religious requirements of the day, all cooking is completed before Shabbat begins. Chef Zev’s fee for dinner is for the ingredients and preparation that are completed before Shabbat; you’re his guests for Shabbat dinner.
You can share the Shabbat experience with other guests at one of our “open” Shabbat dinners, or reserve a private meal for your group with a minimum of six people.
(Payment must be arranged before Shabbat begins, 40 minutes before sundown on Friday night.)
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Our next “open” Shabbat dinner, no minimum number of guests, is scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2016, or contact us to schedule a private Shabbat meal for your group.
Cost is US $85 or NIS 340 per person.
Also check out our Jerusalem Dinner Experience for meals during the week. Next open dinner during the week is on Thursday, March 10, 2016.