In the second year of pandemic the need for meaningful connection and ritual is greater than ever - and OneTable has stepped up to help.
At a time when people are feeling isolated and in need of meaningful connection, OneTable is supporting people of all ages interested in hosting or attending virtual, household-based, or outdoor socially-distanced Passover gatherings.
"Passover is such a communal holiday experience filled with meaning and memories," says Al Rosenberg, Chief Strategy Officer of OneTable. "We learned a lot last year about the ways people can be creative and adapt ritual to make meaning in these times of distance. People may not gather together this year, but we can help create those personal connections and interactions that make Passover special, memorable, and resonant today."
Young adults can turn to OneTable.org/passover if they're interested in hosting or attending virtual, household-based, or outdoor socially-distanced Passover gatherings. These platforms offer financial and creative support for Passover gatherings, a way to connect with others interested in hosting or attending a seder (the Passover meal), and a place to share photos of and reflect on celebration. Passover resources include guides to group, solo, and Shabbat seders, Haggadot (prayer guides), recipes, playlists, and inspiration boards.
The Seder 2021 Guide reminds users that, although Passover is traditionally associated with performance and participation, "meaning can be made virtually and in small groups with the right intention and the right tools."
"To move half the country away from my family and friends, to start to build a community for ourselves from scratch, it hasn't always been easy or fun," says Eli Cohn-Wein, who hosted a Seder with the support of OneTable in 2020. "But as I looked over our seder table to see friends new and old, I felt nothing but unyielding gratitude for all of these people in this community...During a holiday that commands us to study our history and act to improve our future, I can't help but see where we've been and feel incredibly excited about where we are heading."