Friendsgiving 2020

While this holiday season has us unable to gather, we can still dive into giving, warm candles, hygge vibes, and delicious food. Jewish tradition teaches that saving one life is tantamount to saving the entire world, and we take this teaching seriously. Friendsgiving with OneTable is all about feeling good, and we’re here to help you keep the magic of Shabbat, while protecting the health and safety of one another. Learn more about how we’re Shabbat-ing Alone, Together here.

Some Jew-ish Learning from Rabbi Jessica Minnen:

The word Jewish, whether you’re talking about the practice or the people, comes from the Hebrew name Judah, the forbearer of the tribe and the region (Judea) that later takes his name. When Leah gives birth to him she says, “I am thankful to God” and the name Judah derives from this root word, thankful, the same root as the word todah (thank you) in modern Hebrew. Therefore, etymologically speaking, to be Jewish is to be thankful, and there is certainly no better time of year to embrace our namesake than Thanksgiving.

Friendsgiving Resources

The Friendsgiving Guide

While in the US we have an annual refrain of gratitude, in Jewish tradition, we have a weekly opportunity: Shabbat.

Copy of Solo Shabbat Guide

Solo Shabbat

In a year unlike any other, we hope this guide helps connect you to the experience of Shabbat in a way that is new and — perhaps surprisingly — sacred.

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The Memory Dinner

Create an intentional space to celebrate food, gratitude, and the people who brought you to where you are today. It’s perfect for a virtual Friendsgiving or an in-person dinner where you can dig a little deeper and bring out the stories in your meals.

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Setting the Table with Gratitude

Bring some thankfulness to your Friday night practice with new ritual meditations, conversations, and hands-on ideas.

Inspo

Table and recipe ideas to make you extra thankful for friends, food, and Fridays!

Tunes

A smooth blend of Frank Ocean, Iron & Wine, and a lot of songs about pie.

OneTable x Amplifier Resources on GIVING

The FriendsGIVING Guide

Both Thanksgiving and Shabbat invite us to pause, be in community, share a hearty meal, and reflect on the abundance in our lives. This guide zooms in on one of their shared features: giving. We hope it allows you to have meaningful conversations about your values and motivations, reflecting on the role that giving can play in your upcoming year.

The Tzedakah Shabbat Guide

While it may not seem intuitive to connect tzedakah and Shabbat, there may be no better place than the Shabbat dinner table to reflect on how and why we give, and the impact that our actions have in the world. This guide weaves together Shabbat ritual with tzedakah – the idea that the Jewish people behave righteously – that can be used all year long.