OneTable, a national nonprofit that empowers people (21-39ish) to find, share and enjoy Shabbat dinners, announced two new features on Aug. 16 that will allow both guests and hosts to elevate their experiences. The “guests +1” feature and “open your dinner, unlock $300 nourishment” options will be available immediately through OneTable (onetable.org).
“We are excited to help more people come together to recharge and find meaning at Shabbat dinner tables this year,” said Tirtzah Bassel, OneTable’s vice president of Jewish Learning and Partnerships. “We are all enjoying the chance to reconnect in person at our own comfort levels. OneTable is listening and giving our hosts and guests new options to savor a Friday meal, unplug from the week and build meaningful communities.”
During the pandemic, OneTable turned off the option to add a +1 when a guest RSVP’d to a dinner. Now, it has re-activated that option and will give hosts the ability to set certain safety parameters, including requiring vaccination for guests, if they choose.
According to the organization, these features will help guests bring their friends to the Shabbat dinner table, while helping hosts open their table to more participants, elevating OneTable’s core value of hospitality.
Hosts are also eligible to receive up to $300 per Shabbat dinner in nourishment support (up from $100 per dinner), which amounts to $10 per person for up to 30 people at a table. Hosts who choose an open dinner for up to 30 guests can receive more nourishment support than ever before, allowing them to elevate their Friday nights with groceries, prepared meals or delivery and home decor items from hundreds of businesses.
“This year alone, more than 24,000 people have participated in 13,000+ OneTable Shabbat dinners, bringing good conversation and meaningful connections to Shabbat dinner tables,” said Eva Laporte, OneTable’s director of marketing and communications. “We are excited for these new features to elevate hospitality and allow more people to create unique and meaningful Shabbat dinners throughout the country.”