Today is December 18, 2017 -
Some Words on Food at Temple Sholom
As a community, we pray together, discuss and do a whole lot of eating. By providing food, we nurture and nourish each other. When you come to the synagogue, come with food: for the Shabbat potluck dinners, events on Saturday (Bagels and Torah, S’uda Shlishit, etc.), such special events as Hanukkah and Purim. The only exceptions are the onegs after the Friday night service when we only need a few volunteers to bring desserts, the High Holidays when volunteers are sought for specific dates, and the Passover Seder.
The food at synagogue-sponsored events, whether held at Temple Sholom or another location, must satisfy Jewish dietary rules. At all events except the Seder, we limit the menu to vegetarian or dairy so we don’t have to deal with the much greater complexity that serving meat entails. Purchased, prepared food does not require a hekhsher (graphic illustration that it is strictly kosher), but the ingredients must not be treif. The main things to look for are what are termed “natural flavors”, which may well be beef or pork fat and mono- or diglycerides. These are unacceptable unless they are specifically labeled as vegetable mono- or diglycerides. If you purchase baked goods, make sure that they were prepared with vegetable shortening rather than lard.