Affinity Shabbat Gathering Guidebook

So you want to host an Affinity Group Shabbat? Check out our new Affinity Shabbat workbook to support and guide your dinner!

Questions about this resource? See below or reach out to Maya Katz-Ali, OneTable’s Bay Area Field Manager, to learn more.

What is an Affinity Group?

A group of people linked by a common purpose, identity, or interest. Some kinds of affinity groups are: Jews of Color, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities.

What’s the purpose of Affinity Group Shabbats?

Gathering in an affinity group can be very meaningful as an experience or a practice.  Such spaces allow vulnerability and the opportunity for shared experience with people who share common identities and interests. Oftentimes, the comfortability that an affinity group allows can create space for deep conversations.

Carving out space and time to gather your community for a Shabbat dinner can make stronger connections and refill the cups you pour from daily. Shabbat is a beautiful framework to share, reflect, rest, and build wellness together. Affinity Shabbats are a powerful way to build community + create intentional spaces that feel sacred, healing, joyful and important. 

OneTable has proudly brought together many gatherings of folks for various affinity group Shabbats, including: Jews of Color, Queer Shabbats, Vegan Shabbats, Vegan Queer Shabbats, Latinx Jewish Shabbats, Asian Jewish gatherings and many more. If you’re looking for local Affinity dinners in your area or want to host one yourself, check in with your Field Manager!

This guide was created by Maya Katz-Ali, OneTable’s Bay Area Field Manager, Lilli Stordeur, our New York Field Manager, and consultants Imani Chapman and Franny Silverman

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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