Shabbat dinner celebrates Joan Nathan memoir

Shabbat dinner celebrates Joan Nathan memoir

More than 100 guests attended a Shabbat dinner last month with New York Times bestselling author and OneTable national board member Jake Cohen and SoulCycle co-founder Julie Rice at Peoplehood, a community center in Manhattan that Ms. Rice co-founded.

At the dinner, guests celebrated Joan Nathan’s memoir, “My Life in Recipes,” where she details her family history and her knowledge of Jewish cuisine from around the world. Ms. Nathan is a James Beard award-winning author, chef, and journalist.

OneTable, a North American non-profit, empowers people to envision new rituals and build community through Shabbat dinner.

“What better way to celebrate an icon in Jewish life, Joan Nathan, than a Shabbat evening at Peoplehood, the new cultural hub in New York City?” Mr. Cohen said. “We are so thankful that OneTable brought all of this together, and we couldn’t be prouder of Joan for her fantastic new memoir and of Julie for creating a fabulous space for gathering people together.”

Mr. Cohen and Ms. Rice have wanted to celebrate Shabbat dinner together for years, but the timing never aligned — until now. Mr. Cohen wanted to celebrate his good friend Ms. Nathan’s upcoming memoir in a way that felt authentic to his own Shabbat practice, and OneTable helped make that possible.

“I was so proud and excited to welcome each of the guests to Peoplehood,” Ms. Rice said. “I have devoted my life to helping people flourish in different aspects of their lives, and I am a huge supporter of OneTable for the community they help build through Shabbat dinners.”

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