What is it?

About TableMakers:

From conferences to festivals, urban eateries to sprawling countryside, Shabbat magic can happen anywhere in the world—and TableMakers like you are the ones who set the wheels in motion. By taking the lead, helping your peers engage with important causes and bringing diverse voices to the table, you can be an effective agent for change and a powerful catalyst of Jewish life.

If you’re looking for a fun way to bring your peers together around shared values on a Friday night—including a commitment to service and repairing the world, to inclusion and diversity and to Israel—browse this toolkit for some visual inspiration, written resources and tricks of the trade.

And for you big dreamers interested in turning the dial up to “epic,” your ambitious Shabbat blowout may be eligible for a TableMakers micro grant. Click here to learn more.

What will I find in this toolkit?


As you explore the site, you will find tips, tricks and tools that will help you:

  • Create Sacred Space
    • Hosting a Shabbat dinner is more than an opportunity to network—it’s a chance to forge lasting bonds with your peers, engage your spiritual side and foster a sense of community.
  • Gather Your Community
    • Hosting a Shabbat event means bringing people of diverse perspectives together to have important conversations—and building a vibrant network in the process.
  • Take Charge
    • Creating and executing a community event allows you to bolster your leadership skills, showcase your unique personality and embrace your deeply-held values.