Birthright Israel Excel

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  1. Complete the OneTable hosting application.
  2. Upon approval, post your dinner not later than the Monday prior to your event. Be creative – add a theme or meet at a special location. You must tag your event with ExcelShabbat so that others can find it. Feel free to choose your own photo or use the Excel-branded one here.
  3. Invite friends! Share the link to your dinner, post about it on social media, and start to prepare for your guests to arrive.
  4. Expect to hear from one of Excel’s Shabbat Coaches who will answer any questions you may have about the OneTable experience.


  1. Search for Shabbat dinners hosted by Excel Fellows. You can find our events by going to this page or by searching our tag (ExcelShabbat) on OneTable’s Dinners page to see events specifically taking place in your city.
  2. RSVP to claim your spot. Feel free to invite friends (space permitting) and contact the host if you have any specific dietary needs.
  3. Check out the resources below for inspiration and to help you brush up on Shabbat dinner rituals.
  4. Don’t see a dinner in your area? Consider hosting one yourself!


(Additional resources to make your Shabbat dinner successful)

Excel Fellows who host Shabbat dinners via the Birthright Israel Excel – OneTable partnership receive Nourishment Credits to help cover the costs of each meal. Each host will be reimbursed $15 per attendee, up to 10 attendees. Head counts are based on registration for your OneTable event.

Meet Jared, your Shabbat Coach! Jared is your go-to for one-on-one support and to answer questions or help with challenges you might face while hosting a Shabbat dinner – whether it’s about cooking or rituals or anything in-between.

Jared Stein

Excel year: 2017
Get in touch with him!
Jared Stein is the community lead at Soofa, an MIT Media Lab startup building smart, social, and sustainable cities. He was a part of the 2017 Excel Ventures cohort, co-founding Hava, a farm-to-table startup connecting local farmers with networks of people. He loves all things Shabbat – specifically warming up the challah right before his guests arrive and making his apartment smell like a bakery. He also loves podcasts, walking his dog, and BBQing with friends.

Want to infuse your meal with some Jewish wisdom? Take a look at these motivational resources:

  1. OneTable Resource Library
  2. MyJewishLearning Weekly Torah Portion
  3. MyJewishLearning Shabbat Table Songs

Birthright Israel Excel is a lifelong fellowship for future Jewish business leaders, which starts with a 10-week professional experience in Israel. Excel Fellows initiate professional, social, philanthropic and Jewish activities for each other as well as the broader young professional community.

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