Author: Marissa Freeman

Creating a Space (literally) for Shabbat

Summer in Chicago is always a little hectic. The entire city forgets about subzero temperatures and indulges in outdoor concerts, walking on Lake Shore Drive, fireworks at Navy Pier, and WARM WEATHER. We love warm [...]
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Moment of Clarity

(Alternative Titles: Shabbatwithmeyouknowigotit, The Allure of Shabbat, 99 Problems but Shabbat Ain’t One) “Set your intention.” - Jay-Z, December 5, 2017, United Center, Chicago, IL Last month, a friend of mine and I went to [...]
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Bus One-Oh-Fun: A Tale of Two Birthright Shabbats

By Marissa Freeman, OneTable Chicago Hub Manager Last time I wrote a piece about Shabbat on Birthright, I was back from an incredible 10-days with Bus 24, as a participant. This time, I’m coming with [...]
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‘Ono* NOSHes Served Daily

Our (Hawaiian) Chicago Hub Manager shares what the Aloha Spirit means and how everyone can bring a bit more of it to their Shabbat table. When you get off the plane at Honolulu International Airport, a [...]
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Oh, the Pasta-bilities…

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” - Federico Fellini One of my favorite things about hosting is setting the scene. I get such nachas (pride/gratification) from creating an environment that people can walk [...]
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How Shabbat Brought my Birthright Group Together

Chicago's Hub Manager, Marissa, reflects on her Birthright trip and how gathering around the Shabbat table brought them together, both in Israel and when they returned home.  In the deliriousness that was getting to Israel, I had [...]
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The Small Talk Challenge

Written by OneTable's Chicago Hub Manager (and conversationalist), Marissa. It’s not that I hate small talk. Introductory conversations require that we ask people the same questions we ask everyone else. “Where are you from?” “What [...]
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