OneTable: Empowering Shabbat

 In Building

How do you find a Jewish space that feels authentic to you? Where do you meet new friends with whom you share values and stories? How do you connect to a Jewish experience that makes you feel part of something bigger than yourself? Where do you go to relax and unplug from the chaos of the week? For many young adults, the answer to all these questions is OneTable.

OneTable empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. The OneTable community is made up of people in their 20s and 30s, over 21, not in college, and without children, looking to find and share this compelling experience. They host an online platform which makes it easy for hosts to welcome people to a Shabbat dinner at home and for guests to find a Friday night meal. They also offer a plethora of materials for young adults to use in the Shabbat celebrations including ritual guides, one-on-one coaching, and funding for the cost of dinner.

Federation and Foundation are proud to partner with OneTable in the East Bay. In June, we sponsored an East Bay Pride Shabbat, helping to make 40 East Bay dinners possible for 418 participants. Young adults accessed the OneTable Pride Shabbat guide, ice breakers and conversation starters, a Spotify playlist, and other tips to help make their Shabbat dinners meaningful and LGBTQ+ inclusive.

“I am so grateful for the support of OneTable in helping me create Shabbat dinners for my community,” said Harad Cohen, who has hosted Shabbat dinner in the East Bay 18 times. “Gathering people together to enjoy delicious nourishing food, relax into the spaciousness of Shabbat, and connect more deeply with each other has incredibly benefitted my life, as well as the health of the community I am part of. Sharing Shabbat ritual with others has become a critical part of my life — a grounding and spiritual practice that touches my soul very deeply.”

Since the beginning of 2018, OneTable hosts in the Bay Area have welcomed close to 4,500 unique young adults to their Shabbat dinner tables — that’s 580 Friday night Bay Area Shabbat dinners.

Hear for yourself what people are saying about their OneTable experiences:

Interested in learning more about OneTable? Check out their website to find out more, and help Federation and Foundation support OneTable again in 2019 by donating to the Community Campaign.

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