The author, rabbi and executive director of the Kavana Cooperative in Seattle describes her experiments with creating tischen for a non-Orthodox community. She states that they have raised broad-reaching practical and theoretical questions about leadership and community building in a liberal, egalitarian setting. At a tisch, the boundaries of the community are delineated, quite literally, by who has a seat at the table. The power of the traditional tisch emerges from a shared religious vocabulary and the authority of the rabbi. She asks: can the intimacy and cohesive power of the traditional tisch be transposed into a more egalitarian and "horizontal" setting? And if so, how?