She started hosting at least one Shabbat dinner a month in 2013.
“I felt there was a void in the Jewish community of Shabbat dinners in intimate homes,” she says.
One night it was Magic and Macarons, where a Jewish magician performed and macarons were served for dessert.
Another called Shabbat in the Sky was held in a 52nd-floor penthouse in New York’s financial district.
That it didn’t become a running joke was, in my opinion, singular evidence of our demise. I really love it and wish I had it framed in my living room.
In hindsight, the list’s existence doesn’t shock me (I had my own versions in the form of nauseatingly long Word documents), but the of it are so telling. That my best qualities in his eyes — cute, fun, nice, hot — were nowhere close to the ones I valued in myself and would prefer to be loved for — my mind, personality, literally anything else — should have been a smack upside the head for me.
Davis’ inspiration comes from her own grandmother, Rose Goldberg, who survived the holocaust in hiding after being sent to the ghettos of Wladimir Wolynsk in Poland.
“I used to think she was just this old-school sweet Polish lady,” Davis says.“It’s a huge passion of mine to take a direct role in stopping [anti-Semitism,]” she says. It’s inspired me to do whatever I can to continue the tradition and to modernize Shabbats to make them for the times today.Davis incorporates bits of tradition into each dinner she hosts, whether it’s a group of modern Orthodox Jews or, what’s more common, a group of Secular ones.Apps have taken dating and turned it into a giant game of hot-or-not, where choices are endless and real relationships are few and far between.Sure, JDate is popular and apps like Tinder and Hinge are growing, but that has consequences.This is “Shabatness,” an invite-only service that sets up young Jewish professionals over Shabbat dinners.