Why We Donate in Multiples of $18

Each Hebrew letter has a numerical equivalent, and the sum of the letters that create the Hebrew word for life, CHAI, is 18, chet  (numerical value of 8) plus yud (numerical value of 10). As a result of its connection to the word for life, the number 18 is considered a special number in Jewish tradition. For this reason, Jews frequently make gifts or charitable contributions in multiples of $18.

A Basic Oneg includes the following:

  • Challah

  • WIne

  • 3 Bowls of Nuts and/or Snack Mix

  • 3 Trays of Sweets

  • 1 Small Tray of Fruit

  • 1 Tray of Cheese & Crackers or Veggies & Dip

  • Paper Goods

  • Ice Water

  • Lemonade or Other Flavored Drink

  • Hot Water for Tea and Instant Coffee

Basic Oneg


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