Shabbat Coaches

Meet the OneTable Shabbat Coaches
Our Friday Night Dinner Experts

OneTable helps you create dinners that are uniquely yours. Sit down with one of our coaches over coffee or a drink, and explore the possibilities, set intention, and elevate your dinner party to a Shabbat dinner experience.

New York Coaches


Liz Alpern

Liz is an experienced cook, food writer and event planner. She got her start in the Jewish food world working with acclaimed cookbook author Joan Nathan. She also worked with national non-profit Fair Food Network, organizing the development aspects of the organization and coordinating a multi-city book tour for Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All. Liz is an MBA Candidate at CUNY Baruch College and is co-writing a narrative cookbook on Old World Jewish cuisine with Jeffrey Yoskowitz called The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods (Flatiron Books, 2016).


Natalie Bergner

A native of Brooklyn, Natalie has lived as a yoga instructor in Arkansas, a ski teacher in Colorado and an educator in Jerusalem. She is passionate about traveling, meeting new people and creating bridges between communities. She is first year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to pursuing her rabbinical dream, she teaches yoga and makes beautiful latte art as a barista in Brooklyn.


Landon Braverman

Landon is a musical theatre composer and producer from Vancouver, Canada and currently based in Brooklyn. He has worked behind the scenes on various Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and his music has been heard on stages around the world. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective, a national organization devoted to promoting the work of new musical theatre writers at home and abroad. When not pursuing crazy artistic things, Landon can be found in synagogues all around the city teaching kids the magic of Jewish prayer and music (with special choreography!). He is also a Birthright Fellow, and an active member of BASE Hillel in Brooklyn.

Jeremy Borovitz

Jeremy Borovitz

Jeremy Borovitz is a Rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Prior to his studies, he was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and worked for the JDC and Moishe House in Europe and the FSU. Jeremy lives in Brooklyn, where he occasionally feeds his friend’s chickens.


Jenna Englender

Jenna spends her days dreaming of the Bay Area, where she grew up. She is a huge San Francisco Giants fan and is on a lifelong quest to find decent kosher Mexican food. Jenna moved to New York eight years ago to attend the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, where she studied international politics, psychology and Islamic history.


Sam Englender

Sam Englender previously taught Jewish studies at Camp Ramah Wisconsin, worked in the archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Jerusalem, and recruited for Ben Gurion University’s study abroad program. He is looking forward to his high holiday pulpit at The Hebrew Home Synagogue of West Hartford. Sam was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit and is an alumni of Michigan State University, and Ben Gurion University. He speaks three languages and reads five.


Shira Goldstein

Shira is a graduate student at Teacher’s College pursuing her master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She currently lives on the UWS, but is from a suburb of Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) for undergrad. She enjoys brunch, sushi, reading a good book on the beach, trips to Israel, and Shabbat dinner!


Matt Green

Matt is a second year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in New York, where he is a Tisch Fellow. He is the incoming rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This past year, Matt received a Be Wise grant from HUC-JIR to pursue experimental Shabbat programming. In that role, he has created the Grindr Shabbat Initiative, wherein he uses LGBT social media to bring queer Jews in Brooklyn together for Shabbat.


Sarah Krinsky

Sarah Krinsky is a fourth year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She grew up in Los Angeles, California, and identifies strongly as a California girl, despite living on the East Coast for over 8 years. Sarah went to Yale University where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in 2012. After graduating, Sarah spent a year as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. She is currently a rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun on the UWS, and she loves spending her free time brunching, taking walks with friends, and hate-watching the Bachelor.


Maura Koenig

Maura was born and raised in Syracuse New York, went to SUNY Oswego for Theatre, and made the move to the Big Apple almost four years ago. Maura has a passion for Jewish education and Israel and has been doing youth work since graduation, all stemmed from her many, many summers at URJ Eisner Camp. Maura is the Israel Programs Admissions Director for Alexander Muss High School in Israel and is based out of the JNF NYC office. She also helps run the Junior youth groups at Temple Shaaray Tefila on the Upper East Side. She is a Birthright Fellow and involved actively with many 20’s and 30’s Jewish groups in Manhattan and loves cats, musical theater, anything pink and sparkly, and hosting Shabbat Dinners!


Joanna Kramer

A proud native of DC, Joanna just moved to New York to participate in Yeshivat Hadar’s Fellowship program. As an undergraduate at Brown University, she majored in Urban Studies, which means you are most likely to find her walking around the city thinking about equitable uses of public space or peering out subway windows to look at graffiti. She has spent extensive time in Israel, from studying abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to conducting research for her thesis to facilitating educational tours of the country for American college students. Her favorite Jewish experiences involve a lot of song and dance, and she is always on the search for the next best niggun (wordless melody).


Laura Marder

Laura is a Judaics teacher at Hannah Senesh Community Day School where she uses innovative, experiential techniques to bring text alive to her students. She is always seeking out ways to help Judaism have relevance in individual’s lives. She has personally found connection through Jewish meditation. For the past five years she has attended retreats and classes connecting Jewish text to mindfulness practices.


Aaron Leven

Aaron is a native Los Angelino who somehow keeps finding himself living where it’s too cold. This year he is studying at Mechon Hadar with the hopes of heading to Rabbinical school in the near future. When he’s not coaching with One Table he is hiking, dancing, or continuing to tenaciously argue that the Lakers are the best team in the NBA, period. Over the past few years he has lived in Atlanta, Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, but nothing feels more like home than a room filled with friends and family, wherever that may be.

Chloe Markowitz

Chloe Markowitz

Chloe works as Director for NYC at start-up, Honeymoon Israel, bringing couples from diverse backgrounds on subsidized trips to Israel. Chloe is originally from Manhattan, however, she crossed the bridge and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their orange cat, Schnitzel. She loves cooking for friends almost as much as she enjoys the NYC restaurant scene.


Nathaniel Moldoff

Nathaniel is a Development Associate at Big Tent, where he assists in building and implementing a strong fundraising strategy. Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Nathaniel is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in Business, Organizations, and Society, and a Minor in French. In addition to his passion for creating unique and inspirational Jewish experiences, he enjoys trying out new recipes, sailing, and gardening.


Daniel Novick

Daniel Novick is a fifth-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). Before coming to New York, Daniel was a student at the University of Virginia where he received a BS in Commerce. When he’s not studying or working, you can find Daniel watching sports (he’s an avid Washington sports fan!), playing the piano, or cooking- he especially loves to imagine and make funky sushi rolls.


Oliver Rosenberg

Oliver is the CEO and Founder of Prealth, a tech startup focusing on comparing prices of healthcare providers launching in Summer 2015. He is also the President and Founder of Or Chayim, an independent monthly minyan on the Upper West Side with a gala kiddush hour and catered Shabbat dinners that provide a Shabbat experience and sense of community for Orthodox, unaffiliated and traditional LGBTQ Jews. He is a Los Angeles native.

Avi Scher

Avi Scher

Avi is a New Jersey native embracing his life across the Hudson River, learning how to read on the subway and the best ways to walk across Central Park. He has previously worked throughout America and Israel as an informal Jewish educator and is currently pursuing an MSW/PhD at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. His instrument of choice is the ukulele and will even sing along when nobody’s looking.


Rachel Stein

Rachel has been living in the Jewish paradise of Crown Heights for the last two years. She spends part of her time teaching delicious little humans about Judaism at Hebrew schools all across Brooklyn and Manhattan. When she is not teaching, Rachel spends meaningful time coaching clients as part of her Life Coaching practice. Rachel fiercely believes in living a joyful and fully expressed life and helps others feel more free and empowered to live and experience life on their own terms. She is involved in other projects on the side including BeingWith_, an artistic platform exploring vulnerability and human connection, and has directed retreats for Jewish, LGBT college students for the last 4 years through Nehirim and Hillel International. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in silent meditation retreats, pickling, throwing around a Frisbee with her roommates, riding her bike, and spending time with her priestesses.

Gayle Squires

Gayle Squires

When Gayle Squires isn’t helping health care companies, she’s a food writer, recipe developer and photographer, and mentor to medical and business school applicants. She has a knack for convincing chefs to give up their secret recipes and her blog is Kosher Camembert. Her Friday night ritual has run the gamut from roasted brussels sprouts with a friend and binge watching Top Chef to a crowded table set with flowers, red table cloth, real dishes, and wine goblets.


Joel Tietolman

Joel Tietolman was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and first gained notoriety in the New York food scene when he decided to make weekly overnight trips from Montreal’s famed Saint-Viateur bagel shop with over 100 dozen Montreal bagels to be sold in New York City. Joel now continues the tradition of Montreal bagels in NYC as an owner of Black Seed Bagels and is a managing partner of Mile End Delicatessen.


Daisy Waldman

Daisy is an educator in Hebrew and Judaic studies, with a focus on exploring identity and values. She is also a writer, translator, and medical interpreter. Previously, she served as Assistant of Marketing and Donor Affairs at American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she became copy editor of the organization’s biannual magazine, IMPACT. Raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Daisy gets excited about travel, finding the best spots for live jazz and Latin music in the city, and cooking for good friends. Among her ambitions is helping to create more widespread public access to nourishing food.


Sara Weinreb

Sara Weinreb is the Founder of IMBY, which curates capsule wardrobe essentials, helping busy, on-the-go women get dressed effortlessly with responsibly-made clothing. With one foot in the tech scene and other in the ethical fashion space, Sara also is a business coach and consultant, facilitates design thinking workshops, is co-founder of the Ethical Fashion Retailers Network, and serves as the entrepreneur in residence at AlleyWatch, the pulse of NYC’s startup and tech. She’s also a native New Yorker, a yogi, a karaoke lover, and an enthusiast of all things IKEA with dreams to one day visit all IKEA locations.


Nancy Wolfson

Nancy is a nourishment educator, certified macrobiotic counselor and writer guiding people in improving their health and well-being through making informed diet and lifestyle choices. She learned to cook in Italy at Regaleali, Capezzana and other schools. She teaches food awareness and cooking workshops for children and adults. Nancy was an editor on, Glamour, Seventeen, Parents, and Redbook, and her articles have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers. Nancy is also a certified Torah Yoga teacher.


Amir Zinkow

After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in cultural anthropology, Amir spent a summer in Uganda on a service program with American Jewish World Service. Amir participated in Otzma, a volunteer/learning program in Israel, followed by two years at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. While at Pardes, Amir fell in love with learning and found meaning in bringing together Jews around Jewish space and ritual. Amir is a student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Wexner fellow and hails from Columbus, OH.


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Bay Area Coaches

Melissa Cetlin

Melissa Cetlin

Melissa is an East Coast native who recently moved to SF. She is a freelance Graphic Designer living, loving and working in the Mission. She can be found biking around the city with her purple lady bike or traversing the globe with her big blue backpack. She’s been actively involved in Jewish Life since spending a year living in Jaffa in 2011 and she’s currently living in the Moishe House Valencia. Ask her about flower arranging or how the details make all the difference when planning an event.

Hadar Farkash

Hadar Cohen

Hadar is the founder of Pivot to Bloom. She studied electrical engineering at Cooper Union and is an alumna of Yeshivat Hadar, Urban Adamah, BCI, Drisha, and Midreshet Lindenbaum. She spends her time learning Talmud, writing poetry and thinking about the existence of the world. Hadar loves music, dance, and all other forms that carry movement.


Gayle Effron

Gayle describes herself as a gal with a Midwest soul and a West Coast spirit. She moved out here from Cleveland 8 years ago for adventure, hiking and year-round 65 degree weather. After a decade in informal education, Gayle encourages lifelong learning and creative ways to build community. Whether it’s on the MUNI or in a museum, any experience can provide an aha moment or be a space to make a friend. For the past 5 years Gayle managed the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Summer Day Camp and that influence is seen in her Shabbat and holiday gatherings through themes, costumes, DIY crafts and games. In her new role as the Special Projects Producer, Gayle is bringing JCCSF out of the building with unique Jewish pop up experiences throughout the city. She is most proud of her recent achievement of being a professional Challah Fairy. Ask her to find out more!

Aviva Frank

Aviva Frank

Aviva is a California girl born and raised, spending her working days on environmental and sustainable fashion! Days off she enjoys: Running through Golden Gate Park, watching the dolphins frolic off of Ocean Beach, hiking the trails of Marin, kayaking in Sausalito and teaching Jewish yoga. She has previously worked throughout America and Israel as an informal Jewish educator with the post-college and young adult demographics, and loves all things Shabbat related!

Leora Fridman

Leora Fridman

Leora is an interdisciplinary artist, organizer and educator who loves exploring the intersections of creative arts, social justice, and community care. Obsessed with hosting people in her home and connecting rad folks across her many networks, Leora loves convincing people that cooking is fun and pointing out how they are artists even if they don’t think so. She teaches interdisciplinary workshops on food preservation, homesteading skills, ritual, mindfulness, and writing across the Bay and beyond.


Samantha Kanofsky

Samantha is a writer, activist, educator, and community organizer born and raised in the East Bay. Having grown up in a Jewish Renewal chavurah, Sammy has always been drawn to home-based and DIY Jewish communal experiences. After volunteering in Israel, she helped found Moishe House Park Slope and lived there for three years until the cold winters chased her back to her hometown of Berkeley, where she’s now actively involved with Moishe House East Bay and hosts creative writing retreats for Jewish women.She is a die-hard Warriors and Giants fan, is addicted to travel, and loves being outside as much as humanly possible.


Irina Klay

Irina Klay grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, graduated from high school in Israel and moved to the United States in 1998 with her family. Since 2012, Irina has worked as the Community Engagement Program Manager at the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation. Passionate about innovative Judaism, Irina can be found leading workshops at Passover in the Desert, lighting shabbat candles at Burning Man, and attending various pop-up Jewish identity coffee shop seminars. Outside of Jewish life, Irina works on numerous art installation side projects. One of her current projects, Shadow Dream Theatre, is an experimental mix of shadowplay, digital video and electronic music.


Sarah Nathan

Sarah’s love of baking, craft beer, and sustainability brought her up to the Bay from LA. She now gets to work for a company that sustainably upcycles the grain from the beer brewing process into delicious snacks! When she is not working or grabbing a pint, she is exploring the bay and expressing herself creatively through art and design. She could not be happier creating an intentional Jewish community, connecting people from all walks of life, and hopes you will join her in doing the same.

Elan Raffel

Elan Raffel

Elan is a Baltimore transplant by way of New York who spent his summers growing up in Israel. He is heavily involved in the young jewish community in the Bay area and is a resident of the North Beach Moishe house. When he’s not bringing young jewish people together to make babies, he can be found cooking, working on some sort of project, or he might be away on a weekend trip with friends.

Jed Rich

Jed Rich

Jed Rich is an avid fan of soul singer Sam Cooke and comedian Mel Brooks, whose movie, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” he can recite virtually verbatim. Jed moved back to the Bay Area from Tel Aviv, where he explored how Jewish ethics can inform social action at BINA Secular Yeshiva, the Museum of the Jewish People, and the Center for the Blind. When not serving as the ENGAJ manager with Oshman JCC, Jed is out completing food challenges, and singing karaoke by himself!


Danna Rubin

Danna, a Bay Area native (yes there are still a few left), is a HR Business Partner at Dropbox. On the weekends she can be found taking a weekend trip, traveling to different destination and putting together dinner parties. She’s been obsessed with Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem cookbook, cooking her way through it over the last year. Danna has been actively involved in the Jewish community, working with and volunteering with various organizations like YAD, Birthright Israel NEXT, MASA Israel, etc. Shabbat has always played an important role in building her Jewish community and she’s excited to translate her passion of people development into the Shabbat & dinner hosting atmosphere.

Sarah Waxman

Sarah Waxman

Sarah is a native of Washington D.C., a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and a current resident of San Francisco. She is the founder and Chief Momma of At The Well, an organization dedicated to Jewish women’s wellness, and is pretty serious about finding fun ways to be active on the west coast. She is a passionate, curious, intuitive, witty people- person, who seeks out deep intelligent conversation, is invested in Jewish practice, pursues meaningful work, and is on a lifelong spiritual quest.

Austin Weisgrau

Austin Weisgrau

Austin Weisgrau is a lifelong devotee of the west coast where the rivers run with kombucha and heartfelt authenticity. He is a community organizer in Jewish and climate justice worlds and likes to keep company with visionaries. He thinks everyone deserves an autobiographical crayon mural and is currently working on his own.

Olivia Zieve

Olivia Zieve

Olivia is a Seattle native enjoying her time in San Francisco. She recently graduated from a dual master’s program in Public Health and social work at UC Berkeley. When she’s not running along the Embarcadero, biking across the Golden Gate or swimming in the Bay, she’s hitting up her local farmers market and researching recipes for new found ingredients. Olivia’s been active in the Jewish community of every city she’s lived in by serving on young adult boards or organizing events to build community.

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Chicago Coaches


Ari Berkowicz

Ari is a Chicago native who is a Program Manager at The iCenter, where his passion for Israel is at the center of his work. Before joining The iCenter team, Ari worked as a Program Executive at UJA-Federation of New York in their Leadership Engagement Department.


Lauren Braun

An Illinois native, grad, and Lakeview resident, Lauren is a self proclaimed Windy City enthusiast. She’s known for her funny hand drawn greeting cards, making killer Google city maps, and cooking with a smile.


Rabbi Megan GoldMarche

Megan is a rabbi at Base Hillel Chicago, which means she is a community organizer, educator, caterer and professional ice breaker for students and young adults throughout the Chicago area, running a center for Jewish life out of her home in Lincoln Park. Megan is a wine enthusiast and has a passion for travel and outdoor adventure which has led her to forty-eight of the fifty states in the US.


Jacob Goldstein

A Chicago native, Jacob is the Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Outside of work, Jacob performs throughout the city, including as a backup singer for artists like Josh Groban and Patti LuPone, and at venues including the United Center, The Chicago Theater and Chicago Symphony Center.


Rabbi Lauren Henderson

Rabbi Lauren recently finished rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with a Masters in Midrash and a Certificate in Pastoral Care. When she’s not doing Jewey things, Lauren loves running, baking, and spontaneous dance parties.


Katie Keidan

Katie is a born and raised Chicagoan, working in PR and incorporating Jewish programming into her life as much as humanly possible. In her free time, Katie loves to spend time baking in the kitchen, then joining family and friends to consume aforementioned baked goods.


Jordan Kovalsky

Jordan is originally from Maryland but now resides in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, works in investment real estate, and loves traveling to new cities (and trying to hit A status on Southwest).


Jeremy Levin

Jeremy experiences the thrills of life everyday through the adrenaline of bike-commuting in Chicago, the sweet taste of fresh za’atar in Israel, the laughter of quality time with friends and family, and the fear of running with bulls in Spain.


Lynnley Rothenberg

Lynnley is currently finishing her master’s degree and is a self-proclaimed foodie and in her free time likes to curl up with her dog, Cody.


Lori Sagarin

Lori B. Sagarin, RJE is the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie Illinois where she has served for the last 22 years. Currently, she oversees the mentoring program for the iFellows initiative at The iCenter for over 150 graduate students in Jewish professional programming.


Ellie Spitz

Ellie was born and raised in Chicagoland area and works in the Jewish professional world for Mishkan Chicago as the Director of Community Engagement and Wellness. Ellie can often be found reciting the lyrics of pop songs as poetry or in her spare time learning how to play djembe.


Marissa Steinhofer

Marissa Steinhofer works at the Jewish Enrichment Center in Hyde Park. Besides engaging in Hillel throughout college, Marissa was very involved in bringing Relay for Life to her campus. In her free time Marissa loves to travel and explore new places, kickboxing, taking pictures and meeting new people.


Matt Weiner

Matt hails from the great state of California(Los Angeles to be exact) and has been living in the city of broad shoulders for 4 years. He loves comedy, playing and listening to music, the Los Angeles Kings (but don’t worry, he also roots for the Hawks when they aren’t playing each other), hosting friends for Shabbat dinner and just hanging out and watching a movie.


Sarah Wolf

Sarah is a fourth year doctoral student at Northwestern, where she studies ancient Jewish law. In her free time she loves singing, hiking, reading the New Yorker by the lake, and doing crossword puzzles.


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Colorado Coaches


Tracy Altman

Tracy, 33, is originally from Overland Park, Kansas and moved to Colorado in June 2016. She works as the VP of Community Impact at the Foothills United Way and has worked for the Israel on Campus Coalition University of Kansas Hillel and Birthright NEXT in Chicago.


Elyssa Hammerman

Elyssa, 33, grew up in New York and moved to Denver nine years ago. She has spent the past 7 summers at Ramah in the Rockies and has studied at Pardes in Israel.


Hillary Haspel

Hillary, 23, is a New Orleans native and University of Texas grad. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work program at Denver University. She is a former Hillel intern, Texas Challah for Hunger President, AEPHI Philanthropy Chair, and JDC Alternative Breaks participant.


Shalom Kaiser

Shalom, 27, is originally form from Toronto, Canada. He moved to Colorado in May 2015. He was a member of the Denver Moishe House from June 2015 to September 2016 and currently works for Atlas Real Estate Group.


Jonathan Scheiner

Jonathan, 27, moved to Colorado in February 2015, and is originally from Boca Raton, Florida. He works with metastatic breast cancer patients and builds community as a member of the Denver Moishe house.


Austin Van Grack

Austin, 26, hails from Boulder, Colorado. Austin is in school at Metropolitan State and has worked for the Denver JCC. Austin and her family are deeply ingrained in the Colorado restaurant industry.


Elana Weinstein

Elana, 28, from Farmington Hills, Michigan, moved to Denver in May 2016. She works as a field organizer for New Era Colorado. She was a chapter advisor for BBYO in Michigan.


Carter Wise

Carter, 33, is originally from Mississippi. He works in real estate and has spent time as a professionally trained pastry chef. He converted to Judaism and is famous for his incredible Shabbat meals.

National Coaches


Lisë Stern

Lisë Stern is the editor of Taste of the Seacoast, a semiannual magazine the covers food, drinks, and entertaining in coastal New Hampshire, northeastern Massachusetts, and southern Maine. Her work has appeared in many publications, and she is the author of four food-related books, including Culinary Tea and How to Keep Kosher. She hosts or attends weekly Friday night Shabbat dinners, featuring homemade challah.


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