Although this week the weather here in LA has taken a cooler turn, the week prior was blazing hot and it made me aware that the season for outdoor dining is upon us. We don’t have air conditioning in our home so we eat outside a lot in the summer months. Outside doesn’t mean it can’t be special enough for Shabbat though, so if you feel your Shabbat is becoming monotonous, here is one idea for mixing it up and making it different…have a picnic! One thing you won’t want to be without is this handy 10-piece Shabbat Travel Kit from World of Judaica. Many of the items in it are seen below but it is also a great gift for a high-school grad who is off to college. Here are some other essentials you won’t want to miss out on:
ONE / Black Tie Paper Party Service by Paper Eskimo
TWO / Gray Travel Sized Shabbat Shalom Candlesticks by Adi Sidler from World of Judaica
THREE / Travel Kiddush Cup from World of Judaica
FOUR / Mini Salt Shaker from World of Judaica
FIVE / Open Top Basket with Handles from Target
SIX / Swing bottle from Sur La Table
Be sure to pack your basket with a blanket, utensils and napkins ahead of time so then on Shabbat all you need to do is put the refrigerated items in the basket. Also make sure you are aware of the halacha regarding carrying for your community. I’m lucky to live within an eruv as well as having a very private and enclosed backyard, but if you aren’t within an eruv or aren’t sure, check with your rabbi. You can also picnic in your own backyard.