We want to reassure you that participation on an oneg crew is not an onerous responsibility. It’s even fun and a good way to meet other members.
Onegs happen on Shabbat after services and on holidays and some Friday nights. You are welcome to sign up for whichever type of oneg you are comfortable with. All members sign up for two onegs per year, and each individual is asked to bring 50 servings (that’s 100 servings per couple) of whichever dish you decide within Adat Shalom’s dietary guidelines which are quasi-vegetarian, i.e. veggies, fruit, fish (that is kosher, i.e. that has fins and scales), eggs, breads, pasta and cheese are all ok. “Servings” are 2-3 ounces each, so a large tray of mac and cheese from Costco will cover it. Lots of folks make salads, bring fruit trays, stuffed grape leaves, make/buy cookies, heat a tray of veggie lasagna, and the like. If expense is an issue, send a note to the oneg captain for the day you select as soon as you can.
Sign up for oneg duty happens in the early summer for the following shul year, e.g., September 2020 – August 2021. When the Hospitality Committee announces sign up time, the sooner you respond to the announcement, the more likely you are to grab the dates that are good for you.
At least a month before your oneg date, the oneg co-captains will contact crew members to ask what you will bring. Detailed instructions are sent to all crew members at that time. When you sign up for oneg duty you are also asked to indicate if you would like to usher for services that day (and be relieved of prep work), or if you can pick up milk for coffee, the bagel order (paid for by the shul), or take home and wash used aprons and dish towels. There are usually enough volunteers for these tasks so it is not necessary to sign up for them if you are not so inclined.
When you arrive on the day of your oneg, you will be asked by the co-captains to pick up one of the tasks described on laminated cards in the kitchen. Most of these are done in small teams, and there’s always someone to check with on how things get done. You will have plenty of time to do all that needs to be done before the Torah service at 10:30. If your child is in Torah School minyan and you want to go, please go. If your schedule allows, participating in set-up and clean-up would be great. But many people do one or the other. Check with your oneg captains.
The oneg crew usually eats between 11:00 and 11:30 so that is one benefit along with schmoozing with other crew members and participating this lovely tradition at Adat Shalom.
Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. After the first go, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.