Please Welcome Aaron!
The New York crew is growing! Join us in welcoming Aaron Leven: the newest member of the team, a flamboyant dancer, and your guy on the NYC streets for all things Friday. Hit him up at Aaron@onetable.org.
What brought you to OneTable?
I recently was in a conversation where I was just listing off my favorite things of all time. While this fairly short list included the Lakers, it also included hanging out, pizza, and the Jewish people. I mention this, because I see OneTable as the ultimate combination of three of my favorite things: Jewish people getting together, hanging out, spending meaningful time together, over good food. That’s unreal! I get to be a part of an organization that wants young Jews to have a meaningful, spiritual, and social Jewish life. I’m living the dream! And the people I work with are pretty rad too! Too groovy.
Pizza and root beer. I also love a mean burrito.
What will you be doing with OneTable in New York?
While my official title is the New York Program Coordinator, I will really be doing a lot of community engagement here in New York. If you’re a host, or thinking about hosting, or a coach, I’ll be your go-to-guy. Essentially I’ll be in constant conversation with all of the young New Yorkers involved in OneTable each week, and I’m psyched.
Favorite New York moment?
There’s nothing like going to Yankee Stadium, repping your team head to toe, and enjoying watching the Dodgers bring home the W!
What’s your free time spent doing?
I’ll basically do anything if I’m hanging with close friends, but the ideal is we’re hiking, balling, or dancing.
What does Shabbat mean to you?
Ugh, this is such a good question. It’s meant a lot of different things to me over the years, but I think they can all be tied back to intention. It’s a time for me to be intentional about who I’m with, how I unwind, and how I connect to G-d and my community. The older I get, the more I feel and recognize that Shabbat is such a beautiful gift.