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Sponsor an Entire Oneg

Program contact
Holly Hunsicker |

Shma Koleinu is the congregation most likely to be confused with "Cheers," the fictional bar of the same name where "Everybody Knows Your Name."

When people arrive for Shabbat at Shma Koleinu at 6 pm, our evening does not first begin with services but instead begins with drinks and appetizers. A time to schmooze with old friends and get to know new ones. A time to decompress from our hectic week and gently transition into Shabbat mode. Then at 6:30 pm, we enter into our next Shabbat "stage" with celebration and prayer.  

During the Pandemic - Onegs begin at 6:15 pm with great schmoozing on Zoom.  You can still sponsor the Oneg.

And what a great opportunity this presents to you!  In celebration of a special person or occasion or to honor the memory of a loved one, we invite you to sponsor a Shma Koleinu Oneg.

To make sponsorship both fun and stress-free, we are offering the following Oneg Sponsorship Packages.  As there is no “one size fits all” Oneg, you can choose whatever works best for you!  With all four packages, our Shma Koleinu Oneg Crew will provide all ritual items, set up and breakdown, as well as all disposable paper products, beer, wine, and water. Shma Koleinu observes the guidelines of the Harris County Public Health Department in handling all food served at the Onegs and other events.

  • Bring-Your-Own Oneg  — With this option, the sponsor provides 3-4 group sized appetizers. If you love to cook and entertain, this option is for you!  This does not require a monetary contribution.

  • Chai Oneg — $180. This option is similar to the Bring-Your-Own Oneg but without the prepping or schlepping.  A Shma Koleinu volunteer will provide the appetizers on your behalf.

  • Got-a-Simcha Oneg — $250. Menu to be determined. This option is a bit nicer and/or more substantial than the Chai Oneg.

  • Sky’s-the-Limit Oneg – The Oneg sponsor and our special events coordinator, Holly Hunsicker, will meet to plan a special Oneg to fit the desires and tastes of the sponsor. 

​​​​​​​During the Pandemic, we will offer you an alternative way to sponsor, without providing any food.  For the sponsorship levels below, you will get:

  • A sign in a Zoom window during the Oneg that says that you are sponsoring and for what purpose
  • Acknowledgment during Services
  • A Spotlight on your Zoom window during the candle lighting
  • A "Shabbat Comfort Box" prepared by our resident chefs, Joan Reichstein and Richard Elbein, and delivered to your home that Friday afternoon

Sponsorship Form 


Mon, August 3 2020 13 Av 5780