Oneg Guide

Sinai Temple Guide for Friday evening Oneg Shabbat

Revised:  September 30, 2014


Oneg hosts are responsible for the following (at a minimum):

Simple Oneg  (30-35 people)


Plate of pastry




Festive Oneg (80-100 people)


Several plates of pastry


Cheese tray and/or veggies with dip




Set up instructions

  • Arrival: Please arrive 30 minutes before services to set up the Oneg.
  • How much food? For a typical Friday night Oneg (simple) plan on 30-35 people. For a festive Oneg or when there is a special service, plan on 80-100 people. There may also be more hosts.
  • Drinks: Please consider providing a variety of kosher non-sweetened and sweetened drinks, e.g. iced tea and lemonade, in addition to juice. A pitcher of cold tap water is also a nice idea. You may or may not wish to provide hot coffee or tea.
  • Table set up: The standard plan is 2 long serving tables in front of the kitchen doors and 5-6 round tables with 8 chairs each for seating. The maintenance staff will set up the tables and chairs for you. If you need a different configuration, please contact the Temple office the week before the Oneg. You may use the paper plates, napkins, cups and plastic silverware from the kitchen. Corelle dishes are also available for use, but they will need to be washed and dried afterward. (Dishwasher is complicated, so you would need to wash by hand.) Centerpieces are optional; you may use anything you need.
  • Tablecloths:  Please use the cloth tablecloths located under the counters to the right of the single refrigerator.  Read the container front to locate the correct shape and color.  If you want to use plastic tablecloths, please bring your own.  

Clean up instructions

  • Clear all tables of food, centerpieces and dishes.  Shake crumbs from tablecloths into one of the large garbage cans in the kitchen.  If the tablecloth is clean, fold it and place it back in the bin where you found it.  If it is dirty, place it in the hamper under the sink to the left of the double refrigerator to await laundering.  There is a separate laundry committee.  
  • There is no garbage disposal in the sinks.  Please throw leftover food from dishes in the trash.  Poor liquids down the kitchen sink.
  • Wash and dry all non-disposable serving pieces and put them away in the pantry.
  • Drape wet towels over the countertops to dry. Put dry, soiled towels into the hamper.
  • Take the trash bags out to the dumpster. Remember to prop open the back door so you don’t lock yourself out!
  • Draft those who linger so you can finish faster. J The shamus (usher) cannot leave until everyone is gone.
  • Instructions for using the dishwasher can be found here.

Special instructions

  • Candles: On most Fridays, one or more of the Oneg hosts will light the Shabbat candles at the beginning of the service. Please inform the usher who the candle lighter will be. On the occasion of a special Shabbat, it is customary to bestow this honor on the family who is celebrating the simcha.
  • Special Shabbats:  For special family events, such as baby namings, please notify the Oneg chairs with the number of expected additional guests and the contact information for additional hosts. The evening before a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or if there is a special community program, there will be more people than usual. Please check with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah family to see what they have planned. For special programs, there will be additional hosts scheduled.
  • Hot Beverages: 

Coffee – Insert a clean filter into the funnel.  Pour ¾ cup (1 dry measure scoop) of fresh coffee into the filter, and slide the funnel into the funnel rails.  Place an empty glass coffee pot beneath the funnel.  Turn on the lower warmer switch.  Fill the plastic pitcher with tap water to the top line. BE SURE TO FILL IT COMPLETELY OR THE COFFEE WILL BE TOO STRONG.  Open the flip lid on top of the brewer and pour in the water.  As soon as the water hits the tank, coffee will begin to drip into the pot. If brewing a second pot of coffee or tea, turn on the upper warmer switch and keep the first pot warm. 

Tea Insert a clean filter into the funnel and slide the funnel into the funnel rails.    Place 4 regular sized tea bags into a clean coffee pot, and place it beneath the funnel.  Turn on the lower warmer switch.  Fill the plastic pitcher with tap water to the top line.  Open the flip lid on top of the brewer and pour in the water.  As soon as water hits the tank, water will begin to flow through the filter.

For extra pots of beverages, use the two pot coffee warmer unit housed in the smaller kitchen closet.

  • If anything breaks, please add the item to the purchase list taped to the front of the refrigerator. If there are maintenance problems, pleas contact the Temple office on Monday morning to report them.



  • Special birthday/Anniversary Onegs: Once a month, usually on the 2nd Friday of the month, Rabbi Alan will be saying a special blessing from the bima and inviting all those with a birthday or anniversary that month to join him.  Those assigned to Oneg hosting on those dates are asked to bring a cake (store bought or baked) so that people can continue the celebration during Oneg.  If you are unable to bring a cake please let us know ahead of time.

Birthday/Anniversary Onegs are scheduled on:

September 12, 2014

October 10, 2014

November 14, 2014

December 12, 2014

January 9, 2015

February 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

April 11, 2015

May 8, 2015

June 12, 2015

July 10, 2015

August 14, 2015

  • Special Wine & Cheese Onegs:  On four occasions during 2014-15, wine and cheese will be served as part of the Oneg menu. Details on this will be provided to the hosts as we get closer to these dates. Wine & Cheese Onegs are scheduled on:

November 11, 2014; February 6, 2015; March 6, 2015; June 5, 2015


For questions about Friday night Onegs, please contact either

Lil Levant at or 217-402-3615

Lisa Margolin at or 217- 898-5999

For questions about Traditional Minyan Kiddish please contact

Rae Spooner at or 217-328-7537.

For questions about Shabbat Rocks!, please contact either

Jessica Kopolow at or 217-417-88699

Laura Bleill at or 217-4176671