Kashrut Policy

Congregation Or Tzion Kashrut Policy

The following applies to our Bahia location through July 31, 2017; see text below for updates to the policy for the new location (after August 1, 2017):

The purpose of this document is to define how Congregation Or Tzion adheres to the laws of kashrut in the purchasing, preparation, and serving of food for events sponsored by the synagogue, congregational affiliated groups, and all private rental parties and caterers that use Or Tzion for both member and non-member functions. As a Conservative congregation, linked with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, one of our most sacred obligations is to inspire, teach, and uphold the laws, traditions, values and customs of Judaism. The Mitzvah of Kashrut is one of the basic tenets of Conservative Judaism. While we recognize different members of our community observe Kashrut in different ways, it is our goal to make sure that everyone who enters Congregation Or Tzion, be they members or guests of our community are comfortable in both participating in and eating at all events and programs. These rules and customs that are listed below will apply and will be implemented both at the synagogue and in member homes or in other locations when they are Congregation Or Tzion programs.

Kashrut Supervision

Our community’s mashgiach is Rabbi Caplan. The mashgiach is the one who supervises all Kashrut in the building and approves all food at all events on premises or associated with the synagogue.

Guidelines for Events on the Bahia Campus:

Our building has a dairy kitchen. Therefore, no meat of any kind is allowed in the kitchen. At this time, as the kitchen is dairy, all events in the synagogue, which require use of our synagogue kitchen (even when using an outside approved kosher caterer) must be dairy or pareve. All caterers must be approved by the rabbi. The kitchen may be turned over for meat from time to time (Passover Seders, Special Shabbat Dinners or B’nai Mitzvah receptions). If such requests are desired, the kitchen will be kashered accordingly for appropriate use under the rabbi’s supervision, and following the event, the kitchen will be transferred back into its dairy status, also under the rabbi’s supervision.

Guidelines for Foods Allowed in Kitchen

The following products do not require a hechsher (a symbol noted on the item stating that it is kosher.)

• Eggs
• Fresh vegetables and fruit
• Bagged lettuce or vegetables
• Dairy creamer
• Milk and all dairy products (yogurts, ice creams, butters and vegetarian margarines)
• Grains, nuts, rices, and pastas
• Fresh fish (fins and scales, swordfish is permitted)
• Coffee and tea (Coffee and Tea Urns may be turned on and used for Shabbat)
• Dried fruits
• Soda
• All cheeses
• All juices
• All breads (including bagels)
• All wines and hard alcohol which can be used for social drinking

The following products must have a hechsher (when there is a question as to whether the hechsher is acceptable or not, please consult the rabbi).

• Non-dairy creamer
• Challah for Hamotzi
• Grape juice and Wine for Kiddush
• Powdered drink mixes
• Processed foods (e.g. baked goods, pretzels, candy, crackers, salad dressing, etc.)

Any prepared or processed foods that are not listed should be brought to the rabbi for approval.

Reheating Food on Shabbat

It is forbidden to COOK FOOD on Shabbat. However, if food is already cooked, it is permissible to reheat such food. Our kitchen has an electric oven, and food can be placed and warmed in the oven on Shabbat. The oven temperature is not to exceed 180F degrees. If it does, that constitutes re-cooking, which is forbidden on Shabbat.

Kosher Caterers

Please contact the synagogue office for a list of preferred and approved caterers.

Friday Night Shabbat Sensitivity at Oneg Shabbat

Some congregants may eat dinner before coming to Erev Shabbat services on Friday night. With respect for what people eat for dinner and to enable individuals to know what we serve at Oneg Shabbat, all processed foods will be clearly labeled as dairy, pareve, and sugar free. It is with this sensitivity that those who wish to partake may do so.

Passover

The kitchen will be kashered for the holiday. Only Passover hechshered food products are allowed in the synagogue during this time with the exception of unopened dairy products and fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, fish, coffee and tea. Fruits and vegetables must be cut and prepared in the kitchen. With rabbinic supervision, unopened dairy products may be brought into the synagogue kitchen, but they must all be purchased BEFORE PASSOVER BEGINS or they must be hechshered for Pesach. NO FOOD is permitted in the building from any home (congregant or non congregant) during the holiday of Passover.

Kashrut Guidelines for Events Held Outside the Synagogue

This applies to Havurah, Socialite, Youth Group, Religious School and all other events affiliated with Congregation Or Chadash.

  • Non-kosher home – The event must be dairy, vegetarian OR must be catered by an approved kosher caterer listed above or another caterer may be used subject to the rabbi’s approval.
  • Kosher home – subject to the rabbi’s approval, the event can be meat, dairy, vegetarian OR catered by an approved kosher caterer listed above or another caterer may be used subject to the rabbi’s approval.
  • Restaurant – All food eaten must be either dairy or vegetarian. Meat may be purchased and eaten in Kosher Restaurants only that have a Te’udah (A Kosher Certificate on Premises).
  • Public places (i.e. baseball game) – If Kosher food is available for purchase, this is acceptable. If it is not, Congregation Or Tzion members will be asked to purchase and eat only dairy and vegetarian options.

Any further questions not answered within this document should be brought to the rabbi for further exploration and resolution.


Kashrut Guidelines For Our New Location as of August 1, 2017

The purpose of this document is to define how Congregation Or Tzion adheres to the laws of kashrut in the purchasing, preparation, and serving of food for events sponsored by the synagogue, congregational affiliated groups, and all private rental parties and caterers that use Or Tzion for both member and non-member functions. As a Conservative congregation, linked with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, one of our most sacred obligations is to inspire, teach, and uphold the laws, traditions, values and customs of Judaism. The Mitzvah of Kashrut is one of the basic tenets of Conservative Judaism. While we recognize different members of our community observe Kashrut in different ways, it is our goal to make sure that everyone who enters Congregation Or Tzion, be they members or guests of our community are comfortable in both participating in and eating at all events and programs. These rules and customs that are listed below will apply and will be implemented both at the synagogue and in member homes or in other locations when they are Congregation Or Tzion programs.

Kashrut Supervision

Our community’s mashgiah is Rabbi Caplan. The mashgiah is the one who supervises all Kashrut in the building and approves all food at all events on premises or associated with the synagogue.

Guidelines for Foods Allowed in Kitchen

The following products DO NOT require a hechsher (a symbol noted on the item stating that it is kosher.)

• Eggs
• Fresh vegetables and fruit
• Bagged lettuce or vegetables
• Dairy creamer
• Milk and all dairy products (yogurts, ice creams, butters and vegetarian margarines)
• Grains, nuts, rices, and pastas
• Fresh fish (fins and scales, swordfish is permitted)
• Coffee and tea (Coffee and Tea Urns may be turned on and used for Shabbat)
• Dried fruits
• Soda
• All cheeses
• All juices
• All breads (including bagels)
• All wines and hard alcohol which can be used for social drinking

The following products MUST HAVE a hechsher (when there is a question as to whether the hechsher is acceptable or not, please consult the rabbi).

• Non-dairy creamer
• Hallah for Hamotzi
• Grape juice and Wine for Kiddush
• Powdered drink mixes
• Processed foods (e.g. baked goods, pretzels, candy, crackers, salad dressing, etc.)

Any prepared or processed foods that are not listed should be brought to the rabbi for approval.

Reheating Food on Shabbat

It is forbidden to COOK FOOD on Shabbat. However, if food is already cooked, it is permissible to reheat such food. Food can be placed and warmed in the oven on Shabbat. The oven temperature is not to exceed 180F degrees. If it does, that constitutes re-cooking, which is forbidden on Shabbat.

Kosher Caterers

Please contact the synagogue office for a list of preferred and approved caterers (Meat and Dairy options are available.)

Passover

The kitchen will be kashered for the holiday. Only Passover hechshered food products are allowed in the synagogue during this time with the exception of unopened dairy products and fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, fish, coffee and tea. Fruits and vegetables must be cut and prepared in the kitchen. With rabbinic supervision, unopened dairy products may be brought into the synagogue kitchen, but they must all be purchased BEFORE PASSOVER BEGINS or they must be hechshered for Pesach. NO FOOD is permitted in the building from any home (congregant or non congregant) during the holiday of Passover.

Kashrut Guidelines for Events Held Outside the Synagogue

This applies to all auxiliary organizations affiliated with Congregation Or Tzion.

  • Non-kosher home – The event must be dairy, vegetarian OR must be catered by an approved kosher caterer listed above or another caterer may be used subject to the rabbi’s approval.
  • Kosher home – subject to the rabbi’s approval, the event can be meat, dairy, vegetarian OR catered by an approved kosher caterer listed above or another caterer may be used subject to the rabbi’s approval.
  • Restaurant – All food eaten must be either dairy or vegetarian. Meat may be purchased and eaten in Kosher Restaurants only that have a Te’udah (A Kosher Certificate on Premises).
  • Public places (i.e. baseball game) – If Kosher food is available for purchase, this is acceptable. If it is not, Congregation Or Tzion members will be asked to purchase and eat only dairy and vegetarian options.

Any further questions not answered within this document should be brought to the rabbi for further exploration and resolution.

 

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