Our New Year’s Resolution: Give an F in 2016

2015 was a year of endless memes about giving “literally zero Fs.” This year, we want to inspire you to do just the opposite, to give an F — to make time for Friday night dinner in your life, for good food, good wine, and good friends and to let the world know that you care.

At OneTable our New Year’s resolution is to give an F in 2016, and that means inspiring you to end your week with intention at the Friday night dinner table. Whether you’re a host, a guest, or both, it’s never been easier to make Shabbat dinner your own and share Friday night with others. The world needs you.

With 52 chances to give an F in 2016, here are just a few reasons to host a Friday night dinner this winter.

January 15: Turn the Tables


In honor of MLK Day, OneTable and Repair the World invite you to host a dinner and start a conversation about racial justice. With a Turn the Tables Host Guide, a resource brimming with ideas and discussion starters, you and your guests will be empowered to talk about racial justice in a way that reveals many facets of this complex issue.

January 22: Caucus Shabbat in Des Moines #Shabbat2016


It’s an election year, and while there are many things that can divide us, there’s at least one thing that can unite us: Friday night dinner. OneTable is hosting Shabbat dinners in Iowa for campaign workers, journalists, and volunteers. If you’ll be there, we hope you’ll join us for an evening of Shabbat goodness and some much needed self care. Email shabbat2016@onetable.org and let us know to save you a seat at the table.

Unfortunately we can’t take everyone to Des Moines with us, but you can host with us in spirit! All hosts on caucus and primary nights will receive a one-sheet “Voter Guide” highlighting our favorite aspects of Friday night: welcoming guests, savoring delicious food, feeling nourished and present, and recharging at the end of the work week.

Let’s hear it for Shabbat dinner… the candidate we can all get behind.

February 12: Chaucer Shabbat

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Valentine’s Day got its start as a romantic holiday not with a saint, but with a poem. In honor of King Richard’s marriage in 1382, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote some beautiful verses for the love birds, including:

For this was on St. Valentine’s Day

When every bird cometh there to choose his mate.

You can reclaim Valentine’s Day from candy and cards by hosting a Friday night dinner party to honor the father of English literature as we know it. If a table reading of Canterbury Tales isn’t your thing, we suggest a 14th century medieval times theme. Round table anyone?

What do you give an F about?

The resolutions we make together are the ones we keep. Make 2016 the year you give an F, and make Friday night about food, friends, and fulfillment.

Tell us what you “give an F” about and we just might create a SomeECard and share  it one social media for you.

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Happy Hosting!

– The OneTable Team

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 funded to support people (21-39ish), not in undergraduate studies, and without an existing weekly Shabbat practice, looking to find and share this powerful experience.

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