The crowd is hushed as Erin Davis a 30-year-old, waif-like blond, our host for the night, announces it’s time for ice breakers, where we’ll read funny and ironic facts about each other and guess who it could be.Later I’ll leave after arranging a date with an adorable man handpicked by Davis whom my mother would kvell—ahem, gush—over.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.The group of singles honored Grandma Roza's 90th birthday by eating Polish food with pictures of her all around.
It’s Friday night and the table is a traditional Shabbat setting—a Kiddush cup filled with red wine, freshly-blessed candles and challah bread that’s been ripped apart and passed around the table.
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.
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 52-floor penthouse in New York’s financial district.