Oneg Shabbats Don't Happen Without Your Help!
We rely on the generosity of our members to host these important weekly gatherings that help us celebrate Shabbat and engage with each other! Hosting an Oneg Shabbat is a great way to celebrate a simcha or special occasion (i.e., bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary or special birthday), remember the yahrzeit of a loved one, or just because. You can do this alone, as a family or get a group of friends together to co-host. Whatever works for you!
Sisterhood provides the weekly challah, wine and grape juice. Your part is really easy, you just shop and/or bake the week of your Oneg Shabbat, then come to the temple on Friday to get your items ready to serve. Our staff will make sure everything is set out prior to the Oneg, if you need to come earlier in the day. As host, you will receive a thank you acknowledgement in the Friday night Shabbat pamphlet and in the announcements, as well as a thank you sign at the Oneg Shabbat.
Once you sign up, we will email you a suggested menu and instructions, but here is what an Oneg Shabbat host does:
- Bake and/or purchase the food to be served. A typical night requires 12-14 dozen pieces of pastry and/or cookies, plus cheese and crackers, hummus and pita chips, pretzels, fruit and/or veggies. However, creativity is welcomed and encouraged. Please no pork or shellfish. Meat and dairy products must be on separate trays.
- Come on Friday afternoon or before services to get all items put out on trays and in bowls, so everything is ready to serve. On the 1st, 3rd, 4th/5th Fridays, please come to the temple's kitchenette to get everything ready to serve by 5:30 p.m. Trays will be left out for you. The second Friday Oneg Shabbat is early and starts at 5:45 pm, so please have everything ready by 5:30pm . The staff will set out the trays along with the grape juice, wine, challah and implements which Sisterhood provides.
- Consider using your theme with colorful napkins, small plates, flowers and/or other decor. If not, IHC will provide basic white plates & napkins.
- Some members deduct the cost of the Oneg Shabbat on their taxes.
- For more information, please contact Amy Isaacs at [email protected]
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Project Leader: Amy Isaacs