Behind every good meal is good food, good friends, good scenery, good conversation—and someone setting the table. Sound like you? If you enjoy bringing people together, have a passion for inspiring action and an interest in connecting to your Jewish identity, you have all the ingredients to become a TableMaker—a community builder who curates, organizes and hosts dynamic Shabbat dinner experiences for their peers.
Schusterman Family Philanthropies knows that creating an exciting and meaningful Friday night dinner from scratch is easier said than done. That’s where this toolkit comes in. As you dive into our Shabbat resources and follow our six-step process, you will find everything you need to get inspired, and host an event to remember—wherever you are in the world.
How will we help you set your table?
What’s the process?
Creating a unique Shabbat experience can be overwhelming, so we’ve broken it down into six steps to help you design a successful TableMaker event. You’ll notice that each step of the process is connected to a step for setting a perfect table. Check them out:
1. Set Your Table
Begin brainstorming ideas for a Shabbat experience that brings your network together in a unique locale.
2. Prep Your Spread
Create an Event
Refine your idea and focus on content, event logistics and special touches to create the perfect atmosphere.
3. Seat Your Guests
Invite Your Network
Determine who should sit at your table and get them onboard.
4. Place Your Order
Finalize the Details
Nail down those last minute details that will make it a night to remember.
5. Serve Your Main Course
Host the Event
Today’s the day — get ready to assume the role of attentive host!
6. Clear Your Table
Keep the channels of communication with your guests open and offer ways to stay connected.
READY TO BECOME A TABLEMAKER?
Do you enjoy bringing people together and fostering a spirit of vibrant community?
Do you believe that communities should be rooted in inclusion, diversity and equality?
Do you feel that we can repair the world through understanding and mutual respect, and that this goal can be achieved if we start with the right conversations?
Are you committed to igniting positive, lasting change in your community and the broader world?