Shabbat Alone, Together
Friday night with OneTable is all about feeling good, and we’re looking at ways to keep that magic of Shabbat, while protecting the health and safety of one another. We know that this is difficult and isolating — but we hope that even anticipating Shabbat provides you with a moment to exhale.
OneTable Shabbat in the Time of COVID-19
Physical social distancing is hard – but we’re following the current health authority advice and it’s what we need to do. Please only host the people you live with. If you live alone, we’re dreaming up new ways to gather virtually and build online Shabbat community.
Find out what’s live this Friday each week HERE.
We want to be as generous and supportive as possible during these changes. Shabbat happens every week whether there are 15 people at your table or you’re lighting candles alone, so we’ve been working to create as many resources to help you gather virtually and build online Shabbat community. During this time, we cannot allow dinners on the platform that are in-person, unless it’s for the people you live with. Social distancing is crucial right now, and we’re all a part of the effort. Because of this, we’ve temporarily lifted the restrictions on the minimum of people needed to host a OneTable dinner. We’re here to nourish you and your roommate(s), or even just you creating the space to make your Friday night a little special. We invite you to be in touch with our staff for support, and to continue to join and use our new Facebook Group Virtual Community to connect with each other.
We're also creating new resources every day for you to connect virtually with one another and bring in Shabbat, even when you're alone.
I’m canceling my event, how do I send my nourishment back?
Totally understand. We’re not asking for nourishment back due to cancellations right now. However, if you’d like to pay it forward, you can donate it back to us.
I’m trying to decide if I should cancel my event.
While there’s a ton of new information coming out every hour, we are currently following health officials’ guidelines to begin social distancing. Postpone your dinner, or convert it into a digital format (ie: candles light via FaceTime, conference call sing-a-long, remote cooking shows from your own kitchens).
How long will you be not allowing open dinners/following the current guidelines?
As there is a lot of news coming out each day, we don’t know yet how long we’ll be recommending social distancing. We are following the guidelines of local health authorities and will be in touch regularly with any changes or new resources for connecting virtually.
I still want to get my crew together, we’re essentially cohabitating. Is that cool?
We, of all people, understand the desire to gather. We are directly in contact with health officials, who strongly recommend in-person gatherings only when absolutely necessary. Our Board of Directors has mandated us to follow the strictest, safest guidelines which means gatherings only with the people you directly live with. If you’d like to connect with others, we recommend using video tech like Zoom, Google Hangouts, group chat FaceTime, or Facebook Live to go virtual, or to invite your friends to host their own smaller dinners in their own homes through OneTable. We’re planning a lot of cool virtual workshops, cook-alongs, and concerts for you and your crew to join too — head to http://bit.ly/ShabbatShAloneFB to stay updated and share your ideas!