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Helper Family Instructions

Thank you for volunteering to be a helper for our Shabbat worship service. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the service to help with the setup, stay through the service and help with cleanup after. One of our BCRC Board members will be there to guide you on any needs and answer any questions you may have. 

For the service schedule including Board Greeter, Cantorial Soloist and Helper Family signups, click here

  • Bring item to contribute to oneg. Bring enough to serve about 20 people. 
  • Arrive 1/2 hour before service.  Please put on your name tag so people who don’t know you will know who you are.
  • Check to see that the kiddush is set up on the bimah or on the table in the library. There should be a Challah tray with two challot and challah cover; 1 bottle of Manishewitz wine; 1 kiddush cup; two candle sticks with two Shabbat candles unlit. These items will normally already be set up when you arrive. If not already set up,they are kept in the copy room in the cabinet above the sink labeled 'Kiddush Set-Up’.
  • Help to greet arriving congregants.
  • You may be asked to perform an honor such as lighting candles,  holding Kiddush cup or holding the challah.
  • After the service, return the Kiddush items that were set up for (Kiddush cup, candle sticks, challah tray, etc.) to storage in the labeled cabinet in the copy room. Challah tray and Kiddush cup should be washed and dried, and candle sticks should be clean of wax. 
  • After the oneg, make sure food items are removed from the oneg area. Either send them back home, throw them in the trash, or store in the refrigerator wrapped tightly. If the serving dish is synagogue property, make sure it is cleaned in the kitchen. 
  • Assist the Board Greeter in doing a light clean-up of the oneg area. If needed, sweep up any crumbs. Paying for an extra visit from the cleaning crew late at night is expensive, so we only will do that for services with extra food service (e.g. potluck dinner, ice cream social etc.), so this is a very important task. Please take a few minutes to help out!

If you have any questions, talk to your Board Greeter. Thank you for performing this important mitzvah!


Fri, December 8 2023 25 Kislev 5784