Please Welcome Marina!

We’ve launched in DC! Please join us in in giving a warm welcome to our DC Hub Manager, Marina. Check out the dinners already happening here.  And to our friends in the District, post your meals today!

What made you want to join the OneTable team?

I have loved Shabbat since I was a child vying for an invite to my best friend’s weekly Shabbat dinners at her home with her family and their friends. In college I attended Shabbat dinners regularly, but it wasn’t until I found out about OneTable in 2015 that I found myself wanting to take ownership over my Shabbat experiences in my own home. My fiancé and I now regularly close out the week at Friday night dinners with friends. Quickly, we realized that those experiences were all considered “Shabbat,” regardless of formality. We have made changes in our home to allow for better dinner experiences- from a bigger table to a larger, and more importantly, comfier, couch (yes, I am very serious).

What’s so special about DC?

DC has something for everybody. Every week you can check out a new restaurant, coffee shop, museum, concert, mural, tourist destination, etc. Also, you can fully immerse yourself in the political scene or completely remove yourself from it and involve yourself in something else. Plus, we were voted Restaurant City of the Year this year, just sayin’….

Favorite Food?

To me, there is no tougher question. The answer is entirely dependent on the day, my cravings, and preferred cuisine at any given time. These are a few of my favorite things today: chocolate, pickled anything, ropa vieja, soups, stuffed foods (dumplings, empanadas, etc.), fruit, pasta and noodle dishes, cheeeeeeese, hearts of palm, pot de creme, ceviche, pupusas, etc. Basically, all the things. Except beets. Never beets.

Where can we find you outside of work?

Snuggling with my dog, perusing bookstores and farmers markets, traveling, checking out the newest coffee shops and restaurants, organizing food itineraries for people (grandparents/siblings/friends/spirit animals visiting you in DC? Hit me up for recs.), walking miles and miles exploring DC, spinning, reading, or doing yoga. Oh, and taking pictures of pot de creme and kouign amann regularly. I should start a unique Instagram account just for that. Please reach out to discuss that further. Also, please reach out if you don’t know what those are.

Want to learn more about Marina? Send her a welcome email at

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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