By JESSICA WEINBERG

Challah, wine, chicken soup, and some blessings. Those are the age-old ingredients for the typical Shabbat dinner, and tradition has gained following among some millennials, both observant and non-religious. In an era where Snapchat, FaceTime, and email exchanges have replaced in person interactions, Shabbat dinner has become a way to connect with friends and disconnect from hectic daily lives.

NYU Tisch acting major Jesse Waks, 20, never identified with one religion. “I like to call myself Jew-light,” he said. His Jewish family celebrates a secular Christmas and Easter. While Shabbat dinner was a rare occurrence growing up, it now plays a bigger role in his life and he looks forward to the weekly gathering.

“It connects people who want to just sit down, have wine, and talk about the week,” Waks said. Rather than having one person do all the prep work, the dinners he attends are potluck style so everyone can contribute. A bonus, he added, is making new friends as most invited guests bring friends along to experience a Shabbat dinner.

The dinners play into the millennials well-publicized desire for “experiences,” says Al Rosenberg, a marketing director at OneTable, an app designed for millennials to connect for Shabbat dinners. “It connects people by disconnecting. It’s just about sitting down with people and setting an intention,” she said.

One of the appealing aspects is that there is no right or wrong way to plan it. A typical Shabbat dinner hosted by Rosenberg, she said, is sushi with friends from the LGBTQ community in Chicago. “It can look however you want it to look, and what’s great is it happens 52 times a year so you can keep trying again,” Rosenberg said.

Sitting down for the tech-free dinner also helps Rosenberg detach from work, even if it is just for a couple of hours. “I have even felt the desire to extend not using my phone to the full Shabbat day and it is so refreshing to not be tapped in to my email,” Rosenberg said.

That doesn’t mean that there’s a sudden surge in religious affiliation. In 2015, 35 percent of millennials said they do not identify with a religion, reported a Pew Research Center survey.

Journalist Ariel Okin shared her experience in a Vogue article titled, “How to Host a Shabbat Dinner and Why You Should- Even if You Aren’t Celebrating.” For many millennials, like her, the appeal is the opportunity to practice mindfulness. “It’s a great way to transition from the work week to the weekend when we sit down every Friday night,” Okin said.

She believes that Shabbat dinners will become a permanent part of young people’s lifestyles because it helps delineate that murky line between work and home. The weekly meal, Okin said, allows her to spend time with her husband and friends, which can be hard with hectic schedules. Another plus is that it’s a great way to make new friends. “I have an open door policy. It’s very kibbutz like. I’m cooking, having a glass of wine, and I never know who is going to show up,” she said.

Of course, there’s an app for Shabbat dinners. Aliza Kline, founder of OneTable, wanted to find a way to help young adults engage in the depth and openness of Shabbat dinner.

After researching how to make it easy for millennials to incorporate Shabbat into their life, she said, the OneTable app was launched. It offers millennials the resources that were missing: financial assistance, venue space, education, and support. OneTable do everything from teaching how to cook to booking a venue space at a hotel or rooftop. Since its launch in 2014, over 70,000 people have attended one of the 11,000 OneTable Shabbat dinners, which are free.

Mattie Kahn, an ELLE.com writer, attended a Shabbat dinner hosted by Trybe, a group that hosts events that embody Jewish traditions with a modern twist, and chronicled her surprisingly unique night in a piece for BuzzFeed . Periodically, Trybe will host Shabbat dinners for more than 100 people where you pay for a spot and everything is done for you. All you have to do is show up.

At the Trybe x Winter Shabbat dinner the décor as a mix of rustic and Instagramable centerpieces. The menu, which Kahn described in her article as “a Gwyneth Paltrow cheat day,” consisted of honey-roasted kabocha squash dolloped with ricotta, cauliflower rice, batata harra potatoes, braised short ribs, and persimmons with whipped cream. While the dinner had a unique take on Shabbat, Kahn said, it still had a lot in common with the tradition. Before the meal the group said Kiddush, the blessing over wine, and HaMotzi, the blessing over challah. “I was amazed to see the traditions with which I grew up transformed,” Kahn said.