Potluck Events and Foods Prepared Outside the Heska Amuna Synagogue Kosher Kitchen

Rabbi & Religious Services Committee

Potluck Guidelines

Revised: November 16, 2023

Preface: The Rabbi & Religious Services committee is responsible for overseeing kashrut in the synagogue. The following guidelines are designed to create a flexible way for the community to hold events in our building that include food and drinks not prepared in our kitchen while ensuring the events do not compromise our ability to maintain a kosher kitchen.

Potluck Guidelines

Potluck events may not take place on Shabbat or other major Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot I and II, Shmini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.

Food and supplies for potluck events may not be carried into nor removed from the synagogue on these days. Event preparation or cleanup may not be performed in the synagogue on these days.

To ensure the integrity of kashrut within the Synagogue, the kitchen, storage cabinets, refrigerators, and freezers may not be used for the event. They will be locked if possible. The synagogue provides 1 refrigerator/freezer and 2 cabinets for use solely at potluck events.

Potluck events may only be held in the Rosen Hall, foyer, or courtyard.

No food, drinks, or supplies will be provided by the synagogue. Everything needed for the event must be furnished by the organizers of the event.

Synagogue tables used for the event must be covered with plastic tablecloths that are provided by the event organizer.

All foods served must be either parve (vegan) or dairy (vegetarian). All food prepared outside the synagogue must be served in disposable containers.

At the close of the event, all foods and supplies brought into the synagogue must be removed from the synagogue. All garbage must be disposed of outside of the building, and the area where the event occurred must be thoroughly cleaned up.

Any deviations from these guidelines must be approved by the Rabbi & Religious Services committee at least two weeks prior to the event.