What does it mean to welcome a diverse group of people to the Shabbat dinner table?

Radical Hospitality, or Hachnasat Orchim, is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition.

However, discussing challenging topics can be, well, challenging.

To lean into kindness and welcome others, it’s important to have the skills and frameworks to truly open our Shabbat tables to a diverse group of guests. OneTable Conversations will provide you with the space to authentically explore your own values, beliefs, and opinions.

These free, online workshops will be led by experts and organizations that promote discourse. Sign up for one, many, or all of the topics to get confidence, tools, and knowledge. (The calls will not be recorded to respect your privacy and the integrity of the conversations.)

Upcoming Conversations

We’ll announce more details for these workshops soon. Fill out this quick interest form to get an update when the sign-up opens for upcoming workshops.

  • Accessibility
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Gender Diversity

More Resources

Use these resource guides to help discuss important topics at your Shabbat dinner table.

Why Be Jewish

The guides in this series invite you to explore the question “Why Be Jewish?” in three different contexts.

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Together at the Table

This guide helps you come together at the table with people and issues, including responding to antisemitism.

Previous Trainings

4 Questions for Israel/Palestine with Robbie Gringras

Thursday, February 24 at 6:30-8:30 PM ET • 5:30-7:30 PM CT via Zoom

Connect in conversation with the OneTable community and educator, performer, and writer Robbie Gringras who coined the phrase “Hugging and Wrestling” with Israel. Robbie will introduce 4HQ, a framework that will allow us to go beneath the surface of the topic of Israel/Palestine. We’ll chat with each other, discuss different perspectives, and gain a shared understanding for this often challenging topic. Robbie’s facilitation style and comforting energy will help you feel seen and validated no matter your views or level of knowledge.

Antisemitism: An Open Conversation

January 20 at 7:00-8:30 PM ET via Zoom

Saturday’s events at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, were a painful reminder that there’s still so much work to be done towards dismantling antisemitism. Shabbat should be a time of celebration in peace and safety. If you’re looking for a space to help process the events of Saturday, you’re invited to join this OneTable Conversation.

How do we make sense of this tidal wave of anti-Jewish hatred? How do we create spaces for ourselves and our communities that invite open conversation?

Tirtzah Bassel, Dr. Rachel Fish, and Aviva Klompas will lead a conversation that begins to unpack the ways in which antisemitism manifests in the 21st century. We’ll create an open space to come together, share personal stories, and talk about how to respond antisemitism. We invite you to ask questions, share your lived experiences, and develop skills to navigate this millennia-old phenomena.

Courageous Conversations with Resetting the Table

Two-Part Series: Tuesdays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, at 7-9 PM EST via Zoom

To be able to demonstrate understanding, we need to have the ability to capture or name people’s experience so well that they feel they are fully known as they wish to be known and seen as they wish to be seen. During these workshops, we’ll surface core issues of agreement and difference on charged issues and strengthen your capacity to speak, listen and learn across disagreements. We’ll discuss and practice these lifelong skills that are transferable to many other contexts. The methodology is experiential, walking through road-tested exercises you can replicate on your own.

About OneTable Conversations

We express radical hospitality by graciously welcoming guests or being welcomed. In building community through the ritual of Shabbat dinner, this is one of the most important practices.

We always strive to provide the inspiration and tools to help you experience that at all OneTable dinners. We also cherish the differences among everyone and seek to provide additional training to help you create even more open, diverse, and accessible Shabbat dinner experiences.