Young Adults: OneTable, sports media, scholarships

Barash takes national role at OneTable

Portlander Abbie Barash (pictured) is now an Associate Director of Field Operations for OneTable, a national nonprofit that empowers folks (21-39ish) to find, share and enjoy Shabbat dinners. Young adults who host a Shabbat dinner receive “nourishment,” money (up to $300 if it’s open to the public; $100 if it’s invitation only).
A Portland resident since 2016, Abbie learned about OneTable while participating in PDX Pathways, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s mentoring and leadership program for Jewish young professionals. In 2019, she joined OneTable as the first OneTable Portland Field Fellow, supporting the Portland young adult Jewish community in creating a more sustainable, authentic and consistent Shabbat dinner practice. She then served as OneTable’s Cascadia Field Manager, supporting the young adult Shabbat-ing communities in Oregon and Washington. In November, Abbie became one of three Associate Directors of Field Operations.
“I co-lead our nationwide field team and oversee OneTable’s core work,” says Abbie of her new role. “We have just finalized a new strategic plan with ambitious goals to reach 10% of the total addressable market by the end of 2025 (about 140,000 people). The AD of Field position was created to help support this.” 
The three co-ADs supervise members of the field team, co-design and implement strategies, track progress toward overall team goals and lead cross-department projects that advance organization-wide strategic priorities. 
“I’m still meeting up with people around Portland (even though this isn’t part of my role anymore), especially those who are new or are interested in learning more about OneTable,” says Abbie. 
To find or host a Shabbat dinner, visit For more information about day-to-day logistics for hosts and Shabbat dinners, email

Aspiring sports journalist? Apply to cover Pan American Maccabi Games

Last year, Maccabi USA provided an international experience for aspiring sports media professionals at the 21st Maccabiah (Jewish Olympics). Now high school seniors, current college students and recent graduates with a strong sports media background and experience are invited to apply to cover the 2023 Pan American Maccabi Games.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is sharing information about this program to ensure our region’s young people have the opportunity to apply. 
The application process is now open and will close on April 30, 2023. Those selected for Maccabi Media will be notified by June 30, 2023, and must commit to attend all virtual trainings and the games themselves, which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 27, 2023-Jan. 5, 2024. 
Former Philadelphia 76ers broadcaster Marc Zumoff is chairing the program, joining several other veteran media professionals to provide hands-on support, mentorship and professional instruction to the Maccabi Media team. 
For eligibility requirements and application information, email Media Coordinator Neal Slotkin at
You can also go to and click on “Click Here to Apply” under Participant on the right side. The next page gives you options and the last option is Maccabi Media Applicant.

College Scholarship deadlines near

Applications for Sussman Fund grants are due March 1 for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Awards of $1,000-$1,800 will be given to two to five recipients pursuing undergraduate studies in the United States. 
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023. Apply at For questions, contact Rachel Nelson at or 503-892-7415. 

Applications are due by March 15 for OJCF’s numerous scholarship funds, which encourage the pursuit of formal education and Jewish overnight camps. Applicants must be Jewish residents of Oregon or Southwest Washington and demonstrate financial need. 
For more information, visit or call 503-248-9328.
For more information on the Foundation and its programs, visit





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