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November Oneg

posted 8 Dec 2016, 03:35 by Peninnah Pappworth-McAllister   [ updated 8 Dec 2016, 03:35 ]

It was marvellous to be able to welcome 2 'first timer' members to join the now regular band of aficionados of the DHC oneg shabbatot. We welcomed in Shabbat at an evening service led by Ray  and  with Estelle able to be back in her catering social club role, preparations and service of the Italian inspired 3 course meal ran perfectly. Estelle's vegetable lasagne was the very best lasagne bar none that I have ever had. We had a choice of tasty and beautifully presented salads to accompany the main course. (Thank you Lee and Shirley) and were even able to enjoy wine with the meal thanks to some 'left overs' from the Kol Nefesh visit in August. It was a very convivial evening in excellent company. Having been using the term 'oneg' for some time now we were surprised to realise that nobody knew really what it meant! So I am really grateful to Anita for researching and sending me the following information;

" 'oneg' means "an informal Sabbath (or Friday evening) gathering of Jews in a synagogue or private home to express outwardly the happiness of the Sabbath holiday." It usually includes songs, a lecture and refreshment.

 This  exactly describes last Friday evening (Ray having  most interestingly covered the 'lecture' part helping us look in  detail at the wording in some of the prayers we read).

 As always thank you to everyone who came and again as always helped to make the evening, 'express the happiness of the Sabbath holiday'.