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
In addition to greeting all attendees to our services, our Board Representatives are asked to organize our Oneg Shabbats, help set up prior to services, and clean up after services. The instructions for these set up and clean up duties are on a card hanging from the Shabbat cabinet in the kitchen. Further, we ask each Board Greeter to contact the helping families about two weeks prior to their service (the schedule is on the prior page).
Below is an example email message. Please fill in the details of your service's date and time:
Dear Helper Families,
One of the great pleasures associated with Board positions at Beth Chaverim is to serve as a “Board Greeter” for several Shabbat services throughout the year. As (insert your board positition) I will be performing this function on Friday, (insert date).
As I’m sure you’re aware, Beth Chaverim’s Worship Committee has assigned dates for each family to assist, about twice each year, at Erev Shabbat services by providing items for our Oneg Shabbat and to help set up before and clean up after the service. Your family has been assigned the date of Friday, (insert date).
As a helper family for this service, each of you are being asked to bring baked goods for the Oneg. One family will need to provide two bottles of juice. I will supply challah.
You may be offered the opportunity to participate in the service; an honor, such as lighting the candles, opening the ark, holding the kiddush cup, or holding the challah may be proffered.
Please arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. to help set up refreshments, candle sticks, etc., for the Shabbat Service, which begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.
If you cannot attend on this evening, you are responsible for arranging a trade with another Beth Chaverim family. Please respond to this message no later than (insert date: Monday before service) to let me know that you will be attending, or, if you are switching with another family to cover this service, the name and contact information for that family. Also let me know if you will be bringing baked goods or juice.
Thank you in advance for your help. I look forward to seeing you on (insert date)!
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation
21740 Beaumeade Circle Suite 100
Ashburn, VA 20147 USA
Office Hours: 11a - 4p, Mondays, Wednesdays - Fridays, Except Jewish and Public Holidays