All members are expected to sponsor or co-sponsor a Kiddush each secular calendar year. Arrangements for co-sponsoring are made by the sponsoring members. Please contact the Kiddush Coordinator, Gale Lev (Gale.Lev@gmail.com) for scheduling.
Food must be dairy or parve (should not have meat or meat products in contents). Kiddush hosts should be careful to check that all labels of prepared food include a hekhsher. Our kashrut policy permits the serving of cooked foods only if they are prepackaged under a reliable hekhsher (i.e., kashrut supervision). Only uncooked food may be prepared at home. Please refer to Approved Vendors/Caterers. You are not required to purchase your Kiddush items from these vendors for a standard Kiddush. For special simchas, you must use an approved caterer or vendor. For further details, please review Chevrei Tzedek’s Kashrut Policy, as approved by the Ritual Committee, or consult Rabbi Katz.
Kiddush Sponsor Procedures
Unless you are hosting for a special simcha and have invited guests, plan for a standard Shabbat Kiddush for approximately 50 to 75 people. Three round tables are generally used with drinks and sweets placed on the table nearest the door to the foyer. Place identical offerings of non-dessert foods on the other two tables.
The standard fare is hummus and other dips with pita bread or crackers, chips and sweets (cookies, cake). See below for amounts and more suggestions. Sponsors provide at least 1 bottle of apple juice and 2 boxes of hekhshered cookies, or crackers, pretzels or other snack item and/or fruit for the kids' room. Sponsors should also provide drinks and/or water in pitchers from the cabinet. Paper goods, serving bowls, platters and utensils will be provided by Chevrei Tzedek.
Bread for HaMotzi is not required. If bread is part of Kiddush, Birkat HaMazon is required. A hand washing station is available.
Amounts, Suggestions On What To Bring
- 2 platters cut up vegetables with dip. Cut-up or small vegetables suggestions: baby carrots, celery sticks, bell pepper sticks, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber sticks. Dip suggestions: salsa, hummus and babaganoush.
- 2 platters/bowls chips or pretzels with or without dip.
- 2 platters crackers/pita/lavash with assorted hard cheeses and/or spreads (hummus, babaganoush, vegetarian chopped liver, tahini or flavored cream cheeses).
- 2 platters fruit (melon balls or slices, orange, clementine or tangerine wedges, cherries, strawberries, berries, grapes, etc.).
- 2 bowls fish (herring, gefilte).
- 1 bowl or platter of pickled/salty items (nuts, olives, pickles, pickled eggplant, etc.).
- 2 platters sliced cake and/or cookies or brownies. We recommend slicing cake at services, rather than in advance.
Drop Off & Set Up
It's best to drop off your kiddush supplies at the Myerberg Center by 3 p.m. on Friday. Please let a Mazkirut member know in advance if this is what you'll be doing as the Myerberg closes at 3:00 pm on Friday afternoons.
- Park your car by the kitchen door alcove and unload it directly into the kitchen. You'll need to come through the sanctuary to open the back door. Please don't carry supplies through the sanctuary when services are in progress.
- The contents of the cabinets over the small fridge belong to us. You'll find paper goods, utensils, etc. Serving bowls and platters will be out on the counter for you. Serving carts will be available.
- Please keep your voices low. Noise from the kitchen is louder than you think, and will disturb services.
- Set up includes pouring grape juice cups for Kiddush.
- Bring the serving carts out while announcements are being made at the end of the service.
Sponsors must stay until the end of Kiddush to clean up.
- Put away all paper goods in appropriate locations.
- Do not leave open packages of food. All must be removed, with the exception of refrigerated grape juice.
- Bowls, platters, food preparation tools must be washed and returned to the indicated places in the back closet.
- Carts must be wiped down.