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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Onegs but Were Afraid to Ask

What is Oneg?

…וְקָרָאתָ לַשַּׁבָּת עֹנֶג,  לִקְדוֹשׁ יְהוָה מְכֻבָּד…

  אָז, תִּתְעַנַּג עַל-יְהוָה …

13 …If you call the Sabbath "delight,"… The LORD's holy day "honored"…

14 Then you can seek the favor of the LORD…

We are commanded to identify Shabbat as Oneg, a true delight.  This is the actual meaning of the word, oneg, “delight” or “joy.”  The commandment of Oneg Shabbat is to enjoy Shabbat, engaging in pleasurable activities such as spending time with family and friends, and eating.   Being a partner with BST means you have the privilege of hosting up to two Oneg Shabbat per year.  Oneg Shabbat are the refreshments served after our Friday evening services, and on appropriate holidays.  An Oneg has simple refreshments to include challah, grape juice and wine for Kiddush, and a variety of finger foods.

One family or a group of families is provided the honor of the Oneg each week, and a chairperson, if needed,  is assigned to help organize the group.

It is a mitzvah to make it an Oneg a warm, welcoming event in our congregational home.  You are encouraged to take ownership of this honor.  Consider referencing the Torah portion for the week through a creative use of food, or even using your team’s Oneg to thank a committee, or just celebrate the Temple family in a special way!

-The leadership and staff of Beth Sholom Temple

Hosting Oneg

Onegs are a reflection of our warm, caring community and an opportunity not only to break bread together and celebrate Shabbat, but to share in one another's lives at the end of our busy work week. Below are the guidelines which steer each Oneg team toward creating a fun and fulfilling Oneg experience.




If you are NOT able to participate in your assigned Oneg, please notify the chairperson of your group so appropriate arrangements may be made.  It is your responsibility to switch with another family, and to inform the office of this change.  The list of Oneg Family assignments is available on the website, through Sign Up Genius. Thank you to all of our BST partners for your participation in the continuity of our Oneg Shabbatot.

Prior to the Oneg, contact all team members to discuss who will bring the necessary items and other refreshments.

Necessary Items: 

Challah, Kosher Red Wine (of the Vine), Kosher Red Grape juice

Refreshment Suggestions:

Fruit & Veggie tray, Dips & Cheeses, Crackers, Cookies & Cakes, Beverages

Day of the oneg (prior to services):

1.   Arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the service to begin set-up.  Kiddush tables should be set-up at the entrance to the social hall.  It should contain:

(1) challah on the challah tray covered with the challah cloth; (2) silver Kiddush cup; (3) two small trays filled with small drink cups (one for wine and one for grape juice) for the congregation. Label them accordingly.

2.  The buffet against the wall next to the kitchen should be used for refreshments.  Put out nonperishable items.  Whenever possible, the buffet should also be used for drinks that do not go by the coffee maker. (Instant coffee, tea, lemonade, etc.)

3.   Fill the coffee urns with water and plug in. (requires time to heat up.)

4.  Check with President or Board Representative to see who is closing the Temple after the Oneg. Make sure you leave before s/he sets the alarm.

5.   RELAX. Go into the sanctuary and participate in the service.

6.  Return to the kitchen after the Kiddush to resume Oneg preparation.

During the Oneg:  Verify there is always an adequate supply of napkins, cups, food, etc.  Remember, you are hosting this celebration!


1. Put food away in freezer or fridge for Torah Study/Saturday Shabbat refreshments, or take it home.

2. There is a cleaning service that cleans up after the Oneg.  All you are responsible for is putting food away and taking any linens home for cleaning. (The cleaning service will vacuum, clean tables, trash removal, dishes, etc.)

3. Let the Temple closer know you are leaving.

Sat, January 28 2023 6 Sh'vat 5783