At Kehilat Sar Shalom, we want to build relationships among congregants, and strengthen the bonds between Synagogue members beyond the confines of formal worship services. One way to make KSS a house of Shalom is at the Oneg Shabbat.
Oneg means "delight," and to keep the Sabbath a delight, we all need to pitch in and help keep our Sabbath meal together, restful, kosher and hospitable. - "If you call the Sabbath a Delight..." (Isaiah 58:13,14)
Keep the Sabbath Restful
We should completely prepare our contribution before the Sabbath and before bringing it to Oneg. This includes:
- Cutting it and setting it on a serving platter
- Setting the dish out on the Oneg table when you arrive or before the Oneg begins.
- Provide our own serving spoons or utensils and plan to bring the pot and serving utensil home to wash it. Please mark them as yours. Please put your name on your dishes.
*Note: We do not accept any contributions that are purchased or prepared on Shabbat.
When it’s time to clean up we all need to clear our own pot or dish from the serving table and take it home to be washed after the Sabbath. We should clear ours and our children's plate from the tables and place them in the trash.
Keep the Sabbath Kosher
To keep the Sabbath a delight for all, our Shabbat onegs are a pot blessing and to keep things simple we have a dairy oneg (no meat) after our Sabbath Service. We encourage all members and regular attendees to contribute. Some suggestions include: salmon, tuna, bagels, cheese, vegetables, salads, pasta or potato salad. You can also bring side items like fruit, chips, olives, pickles, or dessert. We also make sure that whatever we contribute is ready to serve, as this ensures we can all enjoy a delicious lunch and time of fellowship together.
Be aware that many processed foods have non-kosher gelatin, such as marshmallows, so it's important to read labels. In most cases, grocery stores carry a version of the product with a heckscher (kosher symbol). If possible, look for the following symbols on your items:
We as a community, do not eat unclean animals, or anything containing ingredients that are biblically unclean.
Keep The Sabbath Hospitable
- Oneg begins 10 minutes after the service ends, allowing time for people to collect their children from Sabbath school and be seated.
- We should wait for a rabbi, pastor, or elder to begin the Oneg with a blessing.
- Visitors are served first.
- Let's make sure there's enough for everyone. Take a modest portion. Remember the passage, "when you come together to eat, wait for each other. If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment." (1 Corinthians 11:33-34)
If we keep these guidelines in mind, Oneg will truly be a delight. Thank you for your cooperation!