There is a joke in our shul (Yiddish for synagogue) that is said during Shabbat and festivals: “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat!” Sharing meals is an important part of the Body Life at Rosh Pinah. Eating meals together helps to nourish the whole person, spirit, soul, and body. Oneg, which is short for oneg Shabbat (Hebrew: “Joy of Sabbath”), is a meal we eat after our Sabbath morning services or other joyous occasions to express outwardly the happiness inherent in the Sabbath. The oneg is a fellowship meal that provides congenial atmosphere, which builds a greater sense of community. Our oneg is a “shared dish” event that depends on the generosity of Rosh Pinah members. We share the oneg in our Havurah Room (Hebrew: fellowship) located opposite and behind our sanctuary.
Our oneg team is a dedicated group of servants who maintain and oversee the kitchen and prepare and serve food for oneg or other festival/fellowship meals. Our oneg team helps Rosh Pinah Synagogue to keep with the biblical injunction “and call the Sabbath a delight” (Isaiah 58:13).
Our team worked on a rotational schedule and we have several oneg teams. Typically oneg team members work one Shabbat per month.