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 made up of people in their 20s and 30s, over 21, not in college, and without children, looking to find and share this powerful experience. We make it easy for hosts to welcome people to a Shabbat dinner at home, for guests to savor a Friday meal and for all to experience unique events for Shabbat dinner out. Guests of any and all religions and cultures are welcome. There’s nothing better than a great dinner with people you love. Join us for slowing down, joining together, and sharing stories. Join us for new connections and moments of meaning.
- Ritual Guides and Resources: From recordings of blessings to printable ritual guides, icebreakers, and recipes, our Resource Library has everything hosts need!
- Nourishment Credits: OneTable provides a Nourishment credit to qualified hosts of $10 or $15 per person with a maximum of $100 or $150 per dinner, depending on the number of guests and type of dinner. These credits can be applied to resources such as FreshDirect, Seamless, Whole Foods Market, Etsy, and more.
- Shabbat Coaches: One-on-one support where each host can explore the questions or challenges he or she faces when hosting a Jewish ritual.
- “Nosh:pitality”: Fun events where our community comes together to learn things such as cooking, challah baking, cocktail making, and ritual facilitation.
- Shabbat Dinner Event Partnerships: OneTable provides financial support for entrepreneurial hosts to create their own Shabbat dinner events, often held in restaurants or other private dining venues, for 25-60 people with ticket prices ranging from $10-$100. An example of one of these events was when Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, founders of the Jewish foodie business, The Gefilteria, created a farm-to-table Shabbat dinner for 50 people in Brooklyn.
- Welcoming Spaces – For multiple, individually hosted dinners that take place at the same time. An example of a welcoming space is the rooftop of the JCC in Manhattan where 15 hosts can reserve a table, invite friends, and be provided with wine, challah and dessert, plus live music and the opportunity to meet more than 100 other hosts and guests.
Our approach is simple: Seek, Savor, Share
Seek new people, places and traditions.
- Whether you grew up attending Shabbat dinners or this is something completely new, anyone can be a OneTable host or guest in order to find a Jewish space in your life that’s authentic to you.
Savor moments and experiences to enjoy a feast for the mind and the senses.
- Unplug from the chaos of the week and transition to the weekend to take the much-needed time to be present.
Share what you love with people you love, and belong to something bigger.
- Join the table and sit side by side with friends, new and old, to create a space to share a Jewish experience and belong to something bigger.
OneTable launched in 2014, thanks to operating partners and founders: Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life and The Paul E. Singer Foundation.
In 2015 we welcomed The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, the Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, The Crown Family Philanthropies, Joyce & Irving Goldman Foundation, and an anonymous funder in Chicago.
We are continuing to expand to new cities and welcome new funders to support our growth including the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, Neshamot Fund, JEWISHColorado, Breakthrough Fund at Jewish United Fund, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Morningstar Foundation, The Marcus Foundation, Mitch and Joleen Julis, William Davidson Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation and the Dorot Foundation.