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HOSTING THE ONEG – Instructions to Guide You

Thank you in advance for hosting the Oneg!  Oneg receptions have become an integral part of how we build our Kol Haverim sense of community and as a host; you are helping us do this.  It is not designed to be a difficult process at all, and we have created these detailed guidelines so that you know exactly what to expect, and you can participate in an easy way.

The Board Representative Is Your Partner and Guide

Your co-hosting family/families are your partners, and your Board Representative is your guide before, during, and after the service to help you host the Oneg.  He or she will contact you to remind you of your date a month before and be in touch as needed as the date approaches.  He or she will be your resource for questions then, as well as the Oneg evening, and will assist you in carrying out your role as Oneg host.

Coordinating - About 2 Weeks Prior to the Oneg

By now your Board Representative will have contacted you and if not, feel free to call him or her.  They are the one to get information from the temple on potential contributors to the Oneg, so that you and the other Oneg host know who else might be contributing to the Oneg, and the approximate number of attendees.  Your Board Representative will confirm information about any B’nai Mitzvah family, or other life event family, as it is customary that they take part in Friday’s Shabbat Service and assist in the Oneg in honor of their family.  Although families celebrating life events often bring food and drink, they’re not expected to set-up nor clean-up.  And, unless you hear differently due to an event, an average number of people on any Friday night service is 20-25, and that is the number we suggest you use when planning what to bring for the Oneg.

What to Bring

Along with others that might be helping to host the Oneg, we are asking that you collectively provide the food and beverages for Oneg reception.  (“Beverages” are juice, soda, or cider, and does not include coffee or tea.)  We do ask that you bring cream for the coffee.

The board representative is responsible to bring 2 challah (1- Friday & 1- Saturday).

Any combination of the suggested food items below tends to work great.  The collective result is typically a mini-spread so that there is handful of tasty choices for all to enjoy.  We know that you are busy, so please do not feel that the “goodies” always need to be home-baked.  The importance of the refreshments is that they are thoughtful and presented in a way that extends the warmth of our Shabbat services.  We have learned that when we plan Oneg receptions this way, people like to linger with each other to partake and connect as part of the whole Shabbat experience.  As for exactly what food you’ll bring, you and your other host family can plan what suits each of you the best.

Choices to Consider:

  • Mini muffins, cupcakes or full-size of the same
  • Coffee cakes or other pastries, varieties of cookies or bars
  • Fruits – fresh fruit salad, melons, or merely grapes and/or berries
  • Cheese and cracker plates
  • Dips or Hummus and pita/crackers

Whether you are baking or buying, the best bet is to plan a “dairy” spread.  This includes all fruits, pastries, cheeses, etc.undefinedand no meat products.  We tend to avoid nuts due to any allergies.  If there is any question at all, ask your Board Representative.

Your Own Touch:

Oneg hosts often enjoy adding special touches of their own to present a homey feeling.  Flowers or candles on the table can add a little extra to make it all the more festive.  Sometimes your personal touch is merely the care you take to lay-out what you have brought.  In the end, it is really your choice, and your way.  We don’t want to prescribe what you do, as we appreciate whatever you want to do.  Also, hosting the Oneg does not need to break the bank.  By sharing the role with each other, it can be easily done in a nice and yet cost-efficient way.

What the Synagogue Has

The synagogue provides all: paper goods, decaffeinated coffee, tea, wine, platters, bowls, and creamers.  Vases and doilies for platters are there should you need them.  Tablecloths are in bins under the table in the kitchen.  The synagogue also has plastic ware for eating and silver spoons, cake cutters, etc. for serving.   

The Evening of the Service and Oneg

Arriving and Leaving:
Services begin at 7:30 p.m., please arrive at 7:00 p.m. to help set-up.  The Board Representative will be there to open the building, help you set-up and remain to assist with clean-up and to lock up the building.  

Setting Up:
Everything you need is in the kitchen, easily located, and clearly marked.  (If you notice that we’re low on a supply, please make a note of it and leave it in Chris’ office mailbox.)

Cleaning Up:
It is your joint responsibility to clean up.  Please wash and dry all items used putting them away where you found them.  Please do not leave them out to dry.  Please take home any leftover food and beverage.  In this way, every subsequent family will easily be able to prepare the Oneg.  We appreciate that someone commit to taking the table cloths home to wash them, and to return them by no later than the following Wednesday.

We hope this opportunity helps you to meet other families of Kol Haverim and to reconnect with old friends!

Oneg Family Dates 2018
Below is a listing of upcoming Oneg hosts and the Board reps for upcoming dates. If you cannot make your assigned date, you may try to "swap" with another family assigned for a future time by contacting them. Please notify us if you change date so we can update this listing (send Email to
Date Oneg Host Oneg host Email B'Nai Mitzvah  Board Rep Board Rep Email
Jan. 5 Grade 5 6:00 Service   Josh Goldman
  Grade 5 6:45 Dinner      
Jan. 12 Steven Blau & Karen Chorney   Brian Durkin
  Steven  & Rachelle Blume      
Jan. 19 James  & Shari Bosco   Arnie Weinstein
  Michael  & Margaret Braddon      
Jan. 26 Jeremy and Debbie Bradford   Julie Teplitsky
  Mr. & Mrs. Karel Citroen      
Feb. 2 Grade 4 6:00 Service   Paul Zimmerman
  Grade 4 6:45 Dinner      
Feb. 9 Mr. & Mrs. Eric Clark   Larry Garfinkel
  Jason  & Rachel Cohen      
Feb. 16 Rafael  & Patricia Cohen   Lee Berger
  Wallace Cohen & Deborah Eisenberg      
Feb. 23 Dr. & Mrs. Michael Cooper   Len Kaplan
  Douglas Corpuel & Stephanie Pearlman Schneider    
Mar. 2 Grade 2 6:00 Service   Judy Kulick
  Grade 2 6:45 Dinner      
Mar. 9 Allen & Geri Denyer Yalof Marla Perlstein
  Eileen Dobensky      
Mar. 16 Jonathan Dougherty & Ellen Topel Dougherty Schwartz Marji Finkel
  Bartosz  & Tracy Drelichowski      
Mar. 23 Elaine Ducharme   Alan Paperny
  Kenneth  & Arlene Dworetsky      
Mar. 30 Erika Dworkin   Howie Breinan
  David  & Barbara Edelheit      
Apr. 6 Grade K,1 6:00 Service   Shawna Gale
  Grade K,1 6:45 Dinner      
Apr. 13 Harvey  & Barbara Feldman   Harriet Cutler
  Mike & Nancy Goldstein      
Apr. 20 Richard Cramer & Ilona Figura Tishler June Renert
  Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Finkle      
Apr. 27 Edward  & Lynn Firestone   Tim Lawrence
  Carol Fish      
May. 4 Ed. Committee 6:00 Service Fritz Josh Goldman
  GRSLY 6:45 Dinner      
May. 11 David  & Carol Fishman Markowitz Brian Durkin
  Tara Flad      
May. 18 Price  & Tricia Fradin   Arnie Weinstein
  Michael  & Susan Franklin      
May. 25 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Freed Sherman Julie Teplitsky
  Donald  & Cindie Friedman      
Jun. 1 Jay Fromer Durham Paul Zimmerman
  Karen Gagnon      
Jun. 8 David  & Joanne Gertler Lowrey Larry Garfinkel
  Steven Girelli & Gwen Kesten      
Jun. 15 Evan  & Debra Glass LePage Andrew Feller
  Mr. and Mrs. Mark Goldberg      
Jun. 22 David  & Deanna Gorman Cohan Len Kaplan
  Adam  & Carolyn Greene      
Jun. 29 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gursky   Marla Perlstein
  Andrea Gussak      
Thu, August 16 2018 5 Elul 5778