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Yom Rivii, 1 Elul 5774

Guide to hosting an Oneg Shabbat (Friday Evening): A Step-by-Step Guide 

I. Coffee

When you arrive the first thing to do is set your food out and get the coffee and water ready. Coffee / filters can be found in a cupboard marked "Oneg Supplies" directly above the double sink. Set the coffee up and turn it on at the end of the sermon. Please note: the coffee carafe's top has to be on or else the water will pour out all over the counter! There's a kettle on the stove. Please boil the water (for tea) before the Oneg and then reheat it when the Oneg begins. Coffee cups are found in the cupboard to the left of the Oneg supply cupboard. At the end of the evening we simply throw out the liners and put the coffee holders back in the cupboard.

During the Oneg we ask that you and /or your co-hosts serve the beverages through the pass-through during the first 5-10 minutes. After that you may relinquish your post and people are free to help themselves.

II. Kiddish

**The Oneg begins with Kiddish (the blessing over the wine) and we pour portions of wine and grape juice for everyone (both can be found in the fridge). There are small portion cups in the cupboards with the other paper service. Use the 1 oz. clear plastic cups for the wine, and the 3 oz. paper ones for the juice. Be careful to fill the juice cups only 1/3 of the way (little hands, shaky cups...). Plastic trays for serving the cups can be found to the right of the gas stove.

III. Serving Plates

Serving plates can be found in the cupboard marked "Glass Trays," located under the large pass-through. Please feel free to use dishes from this cupboard as needed. In the other cupboard below the large pass-through (to the right of the serving dish cupboard) is found the paper service. Here you will find the paper plates that you use for the Oneg. You can find napkins (over the stove) in the top cupboard to the right of the large pass-through.

Usually food is not put out until the Oneg itself. Small children have been known to wander through the building during the service and help themselves, in a fairly messy fashion, to food left out beforehand.

The Oneg will be in one of two places: either in the assembly area/lobby, (where the gift shop display case is), or in the social hall. A food table, with tablecloth, will be set out in one of these two places.

IV. Clean-Up

Cleanup is fairly straightforward. Any food left over from what you have brought should be taken home. Food from the congregation is to be put back in the refrigerator. Serving dishes and utensils are to be washed, dried, and put away, coffee cup liners are to be thrown out, and tables and counters wiped down. All linens and towels should be taken home, cleaned, pressed, and returned to synagogue during the week before the next event.

That's it⎯it really is quite simple! If you have any trouble finding anything when you get to the synagogue, there's always someone around willing to give you a hand.

 

Guide to Hosting a Kiddish (Saturday Morning): A Step-by-Step Guide

I.          Coffee

When you arrive the first thing you need to do is set your food out and get the coffee and water ready. The coffee / filters can be found in a cupboard marked “Oneg Supplies” directly above the double sink. Set the coffee up and turn it on at the end of the sermon. Please note: the coffee carafe’s top has to be on or else the water will pour out all over the counter!

There’s a kettle on top of the stove. Please boil the water (for tea) before the kiddish and then reheat it when kiddish begins.

Coffee cups are in the cupboard to the left of the Oneg Supply cupboard. At the end of the morning we simply throw out the liners and put the coffee holders back in the cupboard.

During kiddish we ask that you and /or your co-host(s) serve the beverages through the pass-through during the first 5-10 minutes. After that you may relinquish you post and people are free to help themselves.

II.       Kiddish

Kiddish begins with the blessing over the wine, and we pour portions of wind and grape juice for everyone (both can be found in the fridge). There are small portion cups in the cupboards with the other paper service. Use the 1 oz. clear plastic cups for the wine, and the 3 oz. paper ones for the juice. Be careful to fill the juice cups only 1/3 of the way (little hands, shaky cups…). Plastic trays for serving the cups can be found to the right of the 24” gas stove.

III.      Serving Plates

Serving plates can be found in the cupboard marked “Glass Trays” located under the large pass-through. Please feel free to use dishes from this cupboard as needed. In the other cupboard below the large pass-through (to the right of the serving dish cupboard) is found the paper service. Here you will find the paper plates that you use for the Kiddish.

You can find napkins (over the stove) in the top cupboard to the right of the large pass-through.

Kiddish will be in the kitchen itself. People will eat in the assembly during the Torah discussion.

 IV.      Clean Up

 Cleanup is fairly straightforward. Any food left over from what you have brought should be taken home. Food from the congregation is to be put back in the refrigerator.

Serving dishes are to be rinsed off and left in the double sink, coffee cup liners are to be thrown out, and tables wiped down.

That’s it¾it really is quite simple! If you have any trouble finding anything when you get to the synagogue, there’s always someone around willing to give you a hand.

THANK YOU!