OneTable Empowers Young Adult Passover Seders
Pass your plate, raise your glass, and tell your story! OneTable, a national nonprofit empowering millennials to build their own weekly Shabbat dinner practice, helped 137 young adults across Atlanta gather around the dinner table at seders. Whether hosting or attending, Passover is an adventure, and 13 local OneTable hosts took on the responsibility of welcoming friends into their home, preparing food, and leading a thoughtful experience for their guests.
Blair, a recent transplant said, “I just moved to Atlanta. Being far from home over Passover isn’t ideal, but OneTable connected me with a delicious and authentic Passover meal, and most importantly, a warm and friendly community of fellow Jewish young adults to share it with. It was an easy resource to use, and it was so convenient. I really appreciate the internet at times like this, using online resources to connect with people in the real world. I Googled “Passover Seder Atlanta” on a Friday evening, and by Saturday, I was sitting at Danielle’s Passover table and sharing the holiday with her crew. So cool! “
OneTable works to create and offer resources that help their guests and hosts bring their full selves to the dinner table. Becky, a local host, told us, “Hosting my first Seder with my husband was such an adventure! We learned how to create authentic rituals (including making our own Haggadah), and how to offer a meal that represented both our cultures. It was a “Soul Food Seder” that celebrated both black and Jewish culture. We had BBQ brisket and collard greens, as well as a mac and cheese noodle kugel and sweet potato soufflé. It was nice to flex our creative muscles and both be represented in the menu and the rituals.”
Atlanta is a transient city, especially for young adults, and through OneTable they are able to find a seat at the table.
Now OneTable is looking forward to bringing these folks back to the Shabbat dinner table. They believe if you can host a seder, you can definitely host a Shabbat dinner. They’ve even made a handy hosting timeline to make it as stress-free as possible. Currently, OneTable is partnering with the Blue Dove Foundation to help hosts talk openly about mental health over dinner, and resources to host a sober Shabbat are always available. They’re also working on a checklist for bringing Shabbat with you as you travel this summer, so that no matter what kind of adventures you’re having, you can always talk about them over Friday night dinner.