New Partnership will encourage participants to host Shabbat dinners and share information on Becoming Poll Volunteers and Monitors for the 2022 Midterm Elections
(New York) – OneTable, a national non-profit that empowers young adults (21-39ish) to find, share, and enjoy Shabbat dinners, today announced a partnership with A More Perfect Union, a group focused on organizing and mobilizing the American Jewish community to protect and strengthen American democracy. Heading into the 2022 midterm elections, this partnership will promote civic engagement, encourage participants to host Shabbat dinners with meaningful conversations and share information about how individuals can be poll volunteers and monitors.
“At OneTable, we support people who are interested in creating meaningful and enriching Shabbat dinners,” said MJ Kurs-Lasky, OneTable’s Director of Partnerships & Jewish Learning. “When diverse groups of hosts and guests gather together to discuss issues that are important to them, they share an elevated sense of belonging and contribute to thriving communities.”
The OneTable 2021 Impact Survey found that OneTable hosts and guests are looking for important social connections within Jewish experiences and participants are grateful to have OneTable as a safe place to gather around difficult issues. These findings help guide OneTable’s work to create space for participants to discuss these topics at the Shabbat dinner table, including this partnership with A More Perfect Union.
Launched in 2022, A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy seeks to mobilize the American Jewish community – across states, denominations, backgrounds, and political ideologies – to protect and strengthen American democracy.
“We have a responsibility to the democracy that makes vibrant Jewish life here possible – and to the friends and neighbors with whom we share this country – to participate in the shaping of our civic culture,” said Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director of A More Perfect Union. “From enjoying an in-depth conversation at the Shabbat dinner table to volunteering at the polls, we must work together to ensure free, fair, safe, and accessible elections, which are an essential element of a healthy democracy.”
To get more involved in OneTable or A More Perfect Union, individuals can follow these steps:
- At your next OneTable Shabbat dinner, encourage guests to be informed, get involved, and initiate conversations about our democracy.
- Host a Shabbat dinner where you’ll discuss civic engagement, the midterm elections, and issues that matter to you.
- Download the Together at the Table resources to gather people in your communities, engage in constructive dialogue with a plurality of perspectives, and consider the roles we can play in strengthening civil discourse and society.
- Sign up to be a volunteer poll worker to help ensure a free, fair, safe, and accessible election for all.
OneTable empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. OneTable is a national nonprofit founded to support people (21-39ish) looking to find and share this powerful experience. We envision a whole generation of slowing down, joining together, unplugging from the week, creating intention in their lives, and building meaningful communities. onetable.org