Dear Minyan Chevre,

The Diaspora Potluck Committee is excited to announce that the fourth annual Shabbat Dinners in Geographically Dispersed Homes (SDIGDH) will take place on January 31, 2014. We received positive feedback from people who participated in last year’s dinners and know that many of you are looking forward to this year's dinner. Both Minyan regulars and newcomers are welcome to sign up as guests.

Twelve hosting individuals or families will open their homes to 6-10 guests each. This year, we’ll be assigning guests to hosts in a more or less random manner. If you enroll as a guest, your host will make contact about two weeks before the dinner — to communicate the start time and discuss what you can contribute to the meal.

When you sign up for the dinner, please indicate if you will be walking (and how far you’re willing to walk —we have homes in varying directions from TBA, so we should be able to place everyone within a convenient walking distance). Also be sure to indicate if you are vegetarian, have any food or animal allergies, and the ages of your children.

Guests will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis. So please sign up as soon as possible and no later than January 15.

One of the benefits of The Shabbat Dinners in Geographically Dispersed Homes is getting acquainted with people we see across the room, or even sit near to, but don’t really know. Both hosts and guests will be embarking on a mini-adventure.

Sign up by replying to this message — or by writing directly to the event coordinator, Miriam Prum Hess at You can also write to her with questions or call 323-459-4377. Val Goldstein, chair of the DPL Committee is also available to answer questions at

Reply form for participating in 1/31 Shabbat dinners

Yes, I/We would like to participate in a SDIGDH:

Name(s) of guest(s): _______

Any children participating and their ages:_______________________

Food or animal allergies of which planners/hosts need to be aware:_______________________

Vegetarian/vegan meal required:_______

Host location must be within _______ mile(s) walking distance from my/our home.

My/our home address, with zip, is:_____________________________________________

My/our email address(es):_____________________________________________

My/our phone(s): _____________________________________________