OneTable in the News

“[OneTable Shabbat made me] remember why civilizations form bonds beyond their families and enjoy others’ company. When a group of people connects, with just enough wine, there’s a release. It’s the feeling that you could sit at the table for hours and not want to check your iPhone. It sounds simple, but it felt like nothing short of a miracle.” – From “How to Have a Dinner Party: Friends Not Required”

“For some, it is about ritual and prayer – but for many millennial Jews who see their Jewish identity as more cultural than religious, it’s also an important way to thwart loneliness in a bustling city like New York.” – From “The app keeping Friday night dinners alive”

“Ritual grounds us,” Aliza Kline said. “It connects us to something much bigger than ourselves. That humility can be a tremendous blessing, especially in such a frightening time as this. What’s amazing about the annual seder or weekly Shabbat service or Sunday church service or the Ramadan celebration is that we’re doing it together, and we yield to the ritual. When religion is at its best, that’s what it does: it brings us together.” From – ” ‘Ritual Grounds Us.’ Amid Coronavirus, Here’s How People Are Planning to Take the Passover Seder Experience Online”

“In cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, a new generation of Jewish millennials who get their meals from Sakara Life and and their aesthetic tastes from the Coveteur are on a quest for spiritual fulfillment.” – From “Are Ancient Jewish Traditions The Future Of The Wellness Industry?”

“Shabbat—the concept of spending quality time with friends and family while taking a break from scrolling on Instagram—is for everyone. It is an ancient antidote to our modern ailments.” – From “How to Host a Shabbat Dinner and Why You Should—Even if You Aren’t Celebrating”

“Kline runs a nonprofit called OneTable that has been organizing in-person and virtual Friday night Shabbat dinners to celebrate the Jewish sabbath since 2014. When the emergency was declared, she says, “the magnitude of the change in the world really hit us.” Her team decided to pivot from Shabbat to Passover with a new digital platform for Jews under lockdown who wanted to host or attend a virtual Seder.”- From “Recreating Passover rituals while locked down requires some improvising”

“How might we empower [millennials] to create a weekly in-person community that engages them and lets them unplug with intention, and how might we use technology to make it even easier? OneTable is designed to meet those exact needs. With the ritual of Shabbat…complete with multi-sensory rituals around candlelight, intention setting, gratitude, wine and delicious, sweet bread. Done right, it’s the perfect antidote to social isolation, with deep ties to an ancient practice that ground us, freeing us from pulls of technology and distraction.” – From- How Aliza Kline and OneTable are helping to create “a weekly in-person community that engages people and lets them unplug with intention”

“Shabbat, that traditionally religious, meditative bookend of the working week, seems to be undergoing something of a renaissance.” – From “How The Shabbat Dinner Is Becoming Trendy”

“Jews from more liberal traditions have already prepared to host virtual seders on websites like OneTable, a nonprofit that connects Jews for communal gatherings on Shabbat and holy days.” … [OneTable] will host online 800 seders this year, said CEO and founder Aliza Kline, up from 200 last year. A few of the seders posted thus far: The Seder-in-Place, Sederstream, Pandemic Passover, May the Plague Passover Us, and, poignantly, the Orphan Seder.” – From “This Passover, the seders are virtual. The plague is real”

“It’s a moment of transmitting history, but also transmitting identity.” – From “Passover Celebrations Take Shape Differently To Work Around The Coronavirus”

“Rosenberg says that celebrating Passover online can give people space to determine what their “adult version of Judaism looks like,” including “what rituals you want in your life and what you want your relationship to Judaism, spirituality, or wellness to look like on a larger scale.” – From “How To Have A Passover Seder Over Zoom, According To People Planning Them”

“A week before the start of Passover, the couple had settled on hosting a Seder using the platform Seder2020.org. This year, there will still be a big Seder and a busy kitchen, but the living room won’t be full of furniture. Instead, it will be crowded with voices, beamed in from Passover tables near and far.” – From “This Passover Is Not Like Other Passovers”

“For Passover, many are holding virtual Seder dinners and turning to services like this [OneTable] to connect with family, friends, and even strangers.” – From Daily Skimm, April 10th 2020

“We’ve been addressing issues of connection and social isolation since our founding and now, through COVID-19, this has been exacerbated,” said Aliza Kline, founding executive director of OneTable. “Now there’s no limit to the number of people who can join you virtually at your dining room table.”… “The key for us was to help people still maintain that feeling of connection and belonging while having tremendous empathy for people who are alone,” she said.” – From “Jews around the world prepare for a Passover different from any other”

“While OneTable typically hosts in-person Shabbat dinners in more than a dozen cities, the organization quickly pivoted to hosting virtual dinners in light of the social distancing required by the coronavirus pandemic…By leaning into the world’s new reality, OneTable has been able to offer connection to their users during an unprecedented time for celebrating.” – From “Brands Support Consumers With Virtual Passover And Easter Celebrations During Social Distancing”

“On a typical week, we are helping millennials across the country get together for a Shabbat dinner on Friday night — typically people who otherwise wouldn’t be doing Shabbat, who don’t have an existing Friday night dinner practice and are either have grown farther away from Judaism or investigating it for themselves or looking for community, any of those reasons. When shelter in place started, we had to really pivot very quickly into a virtual context rather than an in-person context, and we had a full team meeting and decided, what did we need to do? What resources do we need to create to make that possible for people so that those communities could thrive online the way that they had in person.” – From “For Ancient Spring Holidays Like Passover, COVID-19 Forces a Modern Twist”

“OneTable is helping to usher in a new era of Shabbat that is more about meaningful connection than prescribed traditions.” – From “Shabbat, millennial style”

“If there ever was a moment when Shabbat was poised to become the new yoga practice, it’s now.” – From “Selling Judaism, Religion Not Included”

“OneTable staffers call the high level of personal engagement the high-tech, high-touch approach. A large platform wouldn’t be able to cater to people without this high touch.” – from “This Shabbat dinner pairing app isn’t for everyone — and that’s the point” – From “This Shabbat dinner pairing app isn’t for everyone — and that’s the point”

“OneTable offers a slew of resources — from guidance on Jewish ritual and hospitality to recipes and cooking classes — and it subsidizes the cost. It even offers “Shabbat coaches” who will meet with hosts and ask questions such as: “What do you want your guests to walk away from the night feeling?”” – From “Bringing The Rap Battle To The Shabbat Table”

“The idea of Shabbat is good for everyone — taking that step back, taking that pause, having these moments of mindfulness on a Friday night after a long week of work, it’s good for anyone.” – From “Dinner party platform OneTable promises ‘a new way to Friday’”

“There’s something so special about coming into someone’s home for a meal instead of going out, especially on a Friday. There’s no reservations, no paying a check, you can linger longer and play games at the end. It encourages you to walk around and not just talk to the people across from you.” – From “This group wants Jewish millennials to connect over food and wine”

PODCAST | OneTable CEO Aliza Kline spoke with The Jewish Views podcast, starting at 15:30.

PODCAST | Aliza Kline discusses the self-organizing model of this millennial organization and the special nature of Shabbat that brings people together in a unique way.

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