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Helper Family Instructions

Since we are offering the chance to choose a date that is convenient for your family and reducing the number of times you will be needed, you will be expected to stay throughout the service and helping to set up and clean up. Here’s a summary of your tasks:

  • Bring item you signed up to bring for Oneg. Bring enough to serve about 20 people. For the 2017-18 schedule, please click here.  
  • 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 labelled 'Kiddush Set-Up’.
  • Help to greet arriving congregants.
  • You may be asked to perform an honor such as lighting candles, opening the ark, 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 labelled 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, October 7 2022 12 Tishrei 5783