Pittsburgh, welcome your new Field Manager: Julia Schantz!

Want to grab a [virtual] coffee? Chat about Shabbat or life in general? Wondering how to create a Shabbat practice that is reflective of who you are? Talk all things Friday with Julia by connecting with her here!

Ready to post your dinner? Don’t wait!

Julia is joining OneTable after working as a social justice fellow dedicated to education, housing, food, environmental, and racial justice with Repair the World Miami. As a fellow, Julia spent her time supporting local nonprofits and planning educational service programs to engage the local community. Outside of work, she loves to explore new places and spends as much time in the sun as possible, whether on a great hike or at a park with a book. Julia grew up in upstate New York and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 after majoring in sociology and political science. She is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh, a city that made her the person she is today. As the new Pittsburgh Field Manager, she hopes to bring people together in celebration and reflection to continue to build a strong and supportive community that feels like home. Julia is honored to be joining the OneTable team and is looking forward to working towards making Friday nights intentional and special for all.


Welcome, Julia! What brings you to OneTable?

A love for Shabbat, community building, and the desire to help bring others together in a meaningful way.

What does Shabbat dinner mean to you?

Shabbat dinner means the chance to be intentional with my time and space. To invite into my life the room for reflection and growth, and the chance to share that with others.

What one food are you bringing to a deserted island?


What’re you most looking forward to doing in your new role?

I can’t wait to start supporting a spectrum of different Shabbat dinners so that everyone is able to find an experience that feels right for them.

What’s your favorite ritual and why?

One of my favorite rituals is getting ready for Shabbat with my roommate, Brenna, and blasting our favorite Taylor Swift songs. For me, this feels like a transition time between the busy week and what is about to be a moment of recharge.

Favorite challah?

Round raisin challah is my favorite to eat and bake. There is just something extra special about round challah!

Plan a time to chat with Julia! Or create your own OneTable Shabbat dinner plans this week!

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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