Miami, welcome your new Field Manager: Naomi Davis!
Naomi Davis (they/them) is joining OneTable after years of crafting pluralistic Jewish communities and exploring the intersections of art, activism, and spirituality around the world. As a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a recent Dorot Fellow, Naomi has used their creative background and intentional leadership to inform all of their passions and work. In addition to organizing and facilitating immersive Jewish experiences at Jewish Veg and Brandeis Collegiate Institute, Naomi has dedicated themself to igniting change within agricultural, environmental, and social systems. Driven by curiosity and compassion, the center of their advocacy has always been their desire to connect, share, and bring people together. No matter where they are in the world, (cycling cross country trash-free, backpacking in Asia, or hanging on rooftops in Tel Aviv) you can always find Naomi gathering people around a table for meaningful conversation, a meditative niggun, and most importantly, connection. Originally from Miami Beach, Naomi is grateful to be back near the ocean and to step into this next adventure with OneTable that combines their two passions: community and food! Naomi cannot wait to add vibrancy, meaning, and joy to Shabbat dinners all across Miami.
Welcome, Naomi! What brings you to OneTable?
OneTable excites me because it is a platform that allows every person to find their own Shabbat, their own practice, and their own connection. When spirituality is prescriptive, it can often feel restrictive. Alternatively, OneTable fosters freedom and a multiplicity of experiences that can allow the power of intentionality and community to speak for itself. I am here and ready to empower and support you in finding and creating a personalized Shabbat practice that feels sacred, authentic, and meaningful!
What does Shabbat dinner mean to you?
Shabbat dinner is about presence. Throughout the week, we are often distracted and scattered. Shabbat dinner is a time to gather and collect, to breathe and reflect, to enjoy each other, and to celebrate our holiness.
What one food are you bringing to a deserted island?
Nutritional yeast. If you know, you know.
What’re you most looking forward to doing in your new role?
I can’t wait to support hosts and guests in our joint endeavor to build community and explore spirituality. I am excited to merge the peaceful nature of Shabbat with the zest of Miami to elevate our tables and connections.
What’s your favorite ritual and why?
I love getting the newspaper (yes, in print). Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle is definitely a ritual for me. My roommate shares this puzzle love and it’s so much fun to riff off each other and collaborate. Getting focused on a crossword puzzle is always a really calming ritual and a great way to destress and unplug!
Favorite challah, and can you bake it?
Pretzel challah (vegan of course!) and yes, I can bake it!