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Don’t be confused by the use of the number “one” in this unique organization’s name. OneTable’s goal is anything but singular. It’s a national organization that helps bring together young Jewish adults for Friday night Shabbat dinners. “OneTable is fantastic," says Neal Schuster, Rabbi and Senior Jewish Educator of KU Hillel. "They really do it right: from the technology, to the training, the support, the education, and just the overall feel of what they do. Whenever I want to explain it to people, I just tell them, 'It's like Shabbat Around KU' - our Shabbat hosting program - 'but for young adults out in the world,' It's awesome."
Scott Bratt, a 2012 KU graduate, originally from Kansas City, is currently working as the Denver/Boulder City Manager for OneTable. In his position, Bratt is in charge of recruiting and supporting millennial Jews for hosting Friday night dinners.
He sees many similarities with his current position and his involvement with Hillel as a college student. “I hosted a number of Shabbatot with my friends and roommates via KU Hillel’s support,” he says “I loved bringing everyone together to share something greater and unique. In collaboration with Rabbi Schuster and Hillel, I had all the resources and knowledge to be successful in creating intentional and transcendent experiences.” says Bratt.
Schuster was enthusiastic to learn of Bratt’s interest in working for OneTable. “Scott reached out to me to ask if I would be a reference for him. I couldn't say 'Yes' fast enough. I knew he was a perfect fit for this position. I cannot imagine anyone better for the job, or a job that's better for Scott.” He adds that “It’s also pretty special that he'll be working directly with Jonathan Eisen, another KU Hillel grad. Eisen, a 2010 KU graduate, works full-time for OneTable as their Community Expansion and Activation Manger in Chicago, IL.
OneTable currently has hubs in New York, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver but anyone is able to have a OneTable dinner as part of OneTable’s National campaign.
“Ideally, we'd love to spread to the Kansas City community in the future. Since I am so closely tied to the KC Jewish community, I'd love to see it as a hub city for OneTable,” Bratt adds.
For more information about OneTable or to learn how to host your own dinner, contact Scott Bratt at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their website at www.onetable.org