Preparing to Welcome the New Year & New People
We're relaunching the Library Minyan’s Ohel Patuach (Open Tent) program in time for the High Holy Days, and need your help by enrolling as hosts as well as identifying potential guests.
Ohel Patuach will ease the way for newcomers to share holiday and Shabbat meals in the homes of Library Minyan members. After Succot, the program will focus on Friday night dinner since our weekly Kiddush already offers a Shabbat morning opportunity to shmooze; but those who prefer to host lunch at home after kiddush can feel free to extend those invitations also. It can be hard for newcomers to break into established social circles, and sharing Shabbat or a holiday with an established LM member or family can make all the difference in enabling them to feel welcomed and at-home. Unless people get that feeling, they will not keep coming.
If this way of strengthening and enlarging the Library Minyan speaks to you, please sign up as an Ohel Patuach host by replying to this message. If you have questions, please address them to Susan Laemmle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 323-939-4084 or Fran Grossman, email@example.com, 323-933-5040. Vered Hopenstandt and Kathy Rosenblatt are also on the OP committee, and happy to help.
It will be everyone’s job to get newcomers’ names & contact info to Susan & Fran. Giving the newbies a LM business card with your info on the back is a good way to begin the process, or point them out to one of us. Once we know who’s open to being an Ohel Patuach guest, their info will go out to the list of hosts. Interested hosts will contact them directly to set a date that’s mutually convenient, keeping the OP committee in the loop. Simple!
Temple Beth Am has initiated a Shabbat dinner program, and the Diaspora Potluck Committee also offers opportunities — but a distinctive need remains that OP can meet. Hosts control how often and when they accept guests, and which potential guests they choose to contact. We urge you to join the group of Ohel Patuach Hosts:
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