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.
’”A handful of miracle couples have come out of her dinners—and one marriage is on the way.
And the recent rise of anti-Semitism across Europe is especially troubling to her, even thought it's not prevalent in New York.“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.“The larger a pool of potential dates you have, the more the paradox of choice causes people to freeze up,” says Ori Neidich, one of Davis’ Presen Tense mentors.
Labe Eden, a committee member at Presen Tense who has attended a few Shabbatness dinners, says he was struck by Davis and her idea from the get go. The idea could seem old school—but each dinner has its own special twist.
He explains it as a more wholesome experience than dating at a bar. One dinner was called Bourbon and Beatbox, where contestant and special guest Jay Stone beatboxed the Shema, a prayer from the Torah.But after traveling Europe and researching the genocide, she felt it a strong pull toward preserving Jewish heritage and rituals.And it's a heritage that's getting diluted.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.And her next one will feature only male homosexual couples.