OneTable Host Program
10 hub cities with hosts from 470 cities across the United States
Multiple national and regional funders, including Jewish Federations, foundations, and private donors
Jewish young adults approximately between the ages of 21 and 39
Jewish Knowledge/Engagement Level of Participants
OneTable attracts participants from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and levels of Jewish education and experience. While those who sign up as hosts tend to have more Jewish experiences, on average, than guests (such as overnight camp, youth group, day schools, Israel travel, etc.), the program and resources are designed to support people with any level of Jewish knowledge to host a Shabbat celebration.
OneTable provides resources and hands-off guidance to encourage Jewish young adults to explore Friday night Shabbat dinner in ways that are “meaningful, authentic, and sustainable.”
OneTable is a digital platform that provides guidance and resources for hosting a Shabbat dinner as well as connecting those who wish to attend Shabbat dinners as a guest to Shabbat hosts in their area. OneTable is designed to support Hosts with intention-setting—envisioning the kind of Shabbat they want to host—and resources —Shabbat dinner guides, ritual cards, audio recordings, recipes, and financial support—so there are no barriers for hosts to create their own Friday night dinner. OneTable does not teach hosts the “correct” way to host Shabbat, but instead encourages exploration and personal intention-setting to allow hosts to explore what a meaningful Shabbat looks like to them. This allows guests to experience the ritual of Shabbat in a wide variety of ways, encouraging exploration and personal meaning-making. When people become Hosts, they are led through a 15– to 20–minute application process that encourages them to consider what’s important to them and what kind of experience they’d like others to have at their dinner. Each week, Hosts can journey through an “intention-setter” on the OneTable platform that asks them how they want guests to feel and what they want them to experience. Their answers lead to a curated list of resources just for that Host. Hosts also have access to a local Field Manager—the local support person who checks in with Hosts to explore how things are going and what additional resources would be helpful. Lastly, hosts receive a modest budget per guest per dinner to subsidize the costs of hosting.