Our Friday evening services always end with an opportunity for people to socialize, to talk over the ideas Rabbi Joseph has shared in her sermon, and to meet one another. Oneg Shabbat is a lovely way to share with the community. Our Oneg Shabbat begins after services, at approximately 8:00, on most nights; however, on Tot Shabbat evenings (the third Friday of the month), we hold a joint Pre-Neg/Oneg between the early and late services, from 7:00-7:30.
About two or three times a year, each Beth Chaverim member (family or individual) is called upon to serve as a Helper and Greeter Family at our Shabbat services. In addition to bringing food or drinks for the Oneg Shabbat, we ask that you arrive at services early to help set up, greet attendees to the service, and then stay afterwards to help clean up. The schedule of Helper Families can be found here. Reminders for the upcoming month are included in our weekely email blast and in personal emails from the Board Greeter assigned to that service about a week prior to the service.
As a thank you for your service, you (and your family in attendance) will be offered an honored such as opening the ark, holding the kiddush cup, or holding the challah to take place during the service.
If you are assigned to be a Helper Family and Greeter, you will be asked by the Board Greeter to bring snacks and/or drinks for our Oneg Shabbat. Below are some guidelines which may help you in deciding what to bring:
Foods to consider: Easily served finger foods such as: cheese/crackers; raw veggies, cookies; wasabi peas; pretzels; chips; spreads/crackers; dried fruits; fresh fruits (cut up); cookies; juice; soda (diet is always appreciated). No nuts, please! Challahs will be provided by the Board Greeter.
Judging quantities: Remember, the Oneg is just a nosh, not a meal! We tend to average about 40 adults and children at services during the school year – less during the summer, and more on Friday nights before a b’nai mitzvah or on a Jammin’ Shabbat. The assigned Board Greeter should know these details and are available to help you decide how much food to supply.
As an official Greeter for the evening, please especially watch for newcomers to our congregation and welcome them to our home! Need help? Here are eight ways to help you get past your “I don’t know what to say” stumbling block and greet a stranger on Shabbat. Ways to Greet a Stranger on Shabbat
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation
21740 Beaumeade Circle Suite 100
Ashburn, VA 20147 USA
Office Hours: 10a - 2p, M - F, Except Jewish and Public Holidays