Shabbat Dinner Events

OneTable is looking for exceptional hosts to create Friday night dinner experiences through our Event Partnership program

OneTable works with entrepreneurial hosts to create unique experiences for a Shabbat dinner out through event partnerships. From our Shabbat coaching, to our social dining platform, to our wide audience of potential guests, we offer resources to support you in creating Shabbat dinner events for 30-100+ guests.

About OneTable

At OneTable our mission is simple: to inspire people to create their own Shabbat dinner experiences. We believe that at the Shabbat dinner table you can slow down, join together and celebrate what you love. You can connect with new people, new places and new traditions. So we provide resources to enable skilled hosts to create elevated experiences for guests.

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These events should inspire guests to seek out more opportunities for Shabbat dinner and, eventually, decide to host on their own. We’re seeking the most innovative hosts out there and want to help bring to life your ideas for elevated Friday night dinner experiences. We are looking to expand our community and provide people with more opportunities to find a Shabbat dinner that feels authentic. If that’s you, apply now!

Event Criteria

Event Partnership dinners should take place on Friday nights, in creative spaces outside the home, be open to the public and ticketed. Selection is very competitive and will be based on creativity, willingness to try something new, and proven ability to execute an event. Priority will be given to dinners open to guests within and beyond our network.

Our Partners

We are most interested in partnering with chefs, restaurateurs, influencers, bloggers and social entrepreneurs (individuals or teams), and have a preference towards independent initiatives rather than established institutions or organizations. We have limited partnership opportunities available to work with pluralistic Jewish or other community organizations.

Where We Work

We can currently support events in our hub cities: Atlanta, Bay Area, Chicago, Denver/Boulder, the DC Metro Area, and New York. If you’re not in one of these cities, but think you have what it takes to create something awesome, contact Zoe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application/General

What is the value of the grant?

Grants are calculated per person for events of 30+ guests. Grants average from $25-$55 per person, depending on the needs of the event as outlined in your application and your location. Currently, we’re only reviewing applications from hosts in our Hub Cities.

What are the event requirements?

Event must be:
1) on a Friday night;
2) open to the public;
3) ticketed;
4) listed on the
OneTable platform;
5) seat at least 30 guests;
6) include Shabbat ritual; and
7) highlight OneTable as a resource for your guests to attend or host additional Shabbat dinners.

What information do I need to apply?

Applications require basic information about you, your idea, business or organization, why you’re passionate about bringing people together around the Shabbat dinner table, how you would get 30-100 people to your event and who your target audience might be, as well as how you would use the funding if awarded. We will not review incomplete applications.

Do I have to already be a OneTable host to apply?

No, but priority will be given to individuals who are familiar with OneTable’s brand and mission and can represent us at an event.

I want to host 20 friends in my home. Is this the right application?

Grants are calculated per person for events of 30+ guests. Grants average from $25-$55 per person, depending on the needs of the event as outlined in your application and your location. Currently, we’re only reviewing applications from hosts in our Hub Cities.

I am a professional for a Jewish communal organization. Is this the right application?

Yes, this is the application for you. Be sure you also schedule time with our Strategic Partnerships & Events Manager, to understand how we partner with Jewish organizations.

I am a lay leader from a Jewish communal organization. Is this the right application?

Yes, this is the application for you. Be sure you also schedule time with our Strategic Partnerships & Events Manager, to understand how we partner with Jewish organizations.

Can I host more than once?

Yes! We are looking to create a calendar in each of our hubs filled with diverse Shabbat dinner opportunities. If you host a successful event and are interested in creating another, we welcome you to do so. The maximum you may host a large-scale event is quarterly. Additional opportunities are also available; please connect with our Strategic Partnerships & Events Manager if you’re interested in setting up a recurring dinner series.

What’s the timeline and process?

Submit your application, get approval. OT sends Grant Agreement for you to sign and complete, along with tax and bank account information. Post your dinner on the platform. Submit invoice. Get pre-imbursed for first half of grant. Recruit for your dinner. Host your dinner. Follow up with your guests and encourage them to host Shabbat dinners in their home. Submit your post-event report. Submit your final invoice. Get reimbursed for second half of grant + ticket sales.

Do I have to use your platform for guest registration?

Yes. As soon as guests visit our platform and sign up for the dinner, they are equipped with the tools to become hosts and users themselves. Part of our goal for these events is encouraging guests to consider becoming hosts themselves. By visiting the platform, guests are inspired by the Shabbat movement taking place around the country. Our platform is also visited by people looking to be guests at dinners – this can help you reach a new audience.

Dinner Deets

I was only expecting 50 people at my dinner, but 75 signed up. Can you increase the grant?

We sign the grant agreement based on the maximum number of guests you expect. You are more than welcome to have more guests at the table, but we cannot provide additional grant funding after the agreement has been signed.

I was expecting 50 people at my dinner, but 40 signed up. Can we still get funding for 50?

You will get funding for the 40 registered guests. We can only providing funding for individuals who have registered – with name and email.

How do I access my dinner grant?

Grants are processed in up to two payments – the first half before the event once the dinner is live on our social dining platform, and the second following a post-event report. In order to get paid, you are responsible for submitting a W9/ACH form, as well as an invoice for the first half of the grant. Once your dinner is posted on the platform, we will process your invoice. You should receive payment within 10 business days, depending on your bank. After the dinner, you are responsible for submitting a final event report, including feedback, photos, final budget and guest list. Once all these materials are submitted, we will process the final invoice. You should receive payment within 10 business days, depending on your bank.

When do I get money from ticket sales?

Revenue from your ticket sales will released via direct deposit on the business day following your event. You should receive payment within 10 business days, depending on your bank. OneTable withholds 5% of ticket sales as a credit card processing fee.

Do I have to wait for the ticket sales? Can I receive money from ticket sales as they are purchased?

We get it – it can be helpful to some people to get the revenue ticket sales up front to support their events. Let us know directly and we can set something up for you.

Can OneTable share my dinner on social media?

You are welcome to request social media posts or SideDish mentions in your application. We will do our best to honor these requests.

Why do I need to charge my guests?

While you have control over how you price your event, we do request that your guests purchase a ticket to attend. When setting your price, it’s important to reflect the value of the expectations with what your experience has to offer. After attending an experience, guests should feel satisfied with the amount of time and money they’ve spent. Based on the price of an experience, guests should be able to anticipate the level of service and exclusivity they’ll encounter.

What's the cancellation policy on tickets?

By purchasing you’re agreeing to the Terms and Cancellation Policies. You will receive a refund for cancellations made 48 hours or more before the event. Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the event will not be refunded.”

Does the dinner have to be kosher, or traditionally observant?

That’s up to you! At OneTable, we empower the host to create Shabbat dinners that reflect the host’s personal values. We do ask that you share those values with your guests to make the most inclusive Shabbat experience for your attendees.

Does the dinner have to be kosher, or traditionally observant?

That’s up to you! At OneTable, we empower the host to create Shabbat dinners that reflect the host’s personal values. We do ask that you share those values with your guests to make the most inclusive Shabbat experience for your attendees.

Think you have what it takes?

Contact zoe@onetable.org or apply here.

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