Thank you for considering having your event at the Temple of Aaron. This page will give you some information on dietary regulations and planning.
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Kashrut: Dietary Regulations of Temple of Aaron
In order to strengthen the observance of these laws and to guide those who prepare foods in the kitchen of our congregation, we have provided the following regulations to assure that only kosher foods are introduced into Temple of Aaron.
It is the responsibility of congregants planning an event at Temple of Aaron to inform bakers and authorized caterers of these rules and regulations.
Baked Goods & Candies Prepared in Homes:
We are happy that family and friends of those celebrants of a simcha wish to help by baking goods in the homes. The Temple of Aaron kitchen is kosher, and all congregants presume that any food served in the congregation is kosher. We prefer that food brought into the synagogue be prepared under kashrut supervision or be baked or prepared in our own kitchen.
Please share this information with everyone baking for your simcha.
Food baked in your home may be brought into the congregation according to the policy of the Ritual Committee of the congregation, under the following circumstances:
You may want to share this letter and prayer with your friends who are baking for your simcha.
We look forward to sharing our Bar/Bat Mitzvah simcha with you. Thank you very much for agreeing to bake for us. We want to share this prayer which was adapted for 1994. We hope it will help spiritualize your hard work baking for our simcha.
This is a prayer one says when putting simcha baking into the oven:
"Adonai, in your hand is all blessing. I come now to revere your Holiness and I pray You bestow Your blessings on my baked goods. Send an angel to guard the baking, so that all will be well baked, will rise nicely, and will not burn as I work to honor the holy Shabbat. You have chosen Shabbat as a gift to us so that Your children may rest on it. As you blessed the dough of Sarah and Rebekah our mothers, bless my baking. God, listen to my voice. You hear the voices of those who call to You with their whole heart."
Adapted from an 18th c.. Yiddish Techinah prayer translated by Chava Weissler, in Ellen Umansky and Dianne Ashton, eds., Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality (Beacon Press, 1992)
Fresh and frozen meats and poultry: The kosher butcher will prepare a written statement of the amount of each delivery. Only meat that is tagged as kosher will be received.
Canned and Frozen Commercially Prepared Foods
Canned and frozen goods with a kosher label may be used. For a list of acceptable labels or to check on a product, contact the Rabbis.
Canned and frozen goods without a kosher label must be checked to determine that they contain kosher ingredients. When in doubt, ask the Rabbi.
Baked Goods and Candies
Baked goods and candies prepared commercially. Those bakeries on the approved list may bring their products into the synagogue. The company must send a note indicating whether the shipment is parve or milchig.
Baked goods and candies prepared in homes. Home baked goods may be brought into the synagogue when these rules are followed:
Other Locally-Prepared Foods
A kosher caterer whose kitchen is supervised by a Mashgiach may bring prepared foods into the synagogue. They must enclose a note stating the quantity of food delivered and attesting to its kashrut.
Caterers not supervised by a Mashgiach, private family and volunteers of the of the various organizations must prepare all foods except bakery in the synagogue kitchen. A kitchen supervisor must be in attendance.
Gelatin Products Gelatin products including marshmallows: The Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, after careful study of the Halachic problem, has ruled that all gelatins are kosher.
Milk Products May Not Be Served at Meat Meals
Those serving meat meals must be careful that all ingredients of all foods served are parve or fleishig. Among those products which must be carefully checked to be sure there is no milchig ingredients are:
To ensure parve status, baked goods for meat meals must come from an authorized bakery or baked in the synagogue kitchen under supervision.
Only Kosher Utensils in the Synagogue Kitchen
Utensils General Rule
Silver Service for Hot Foods
The general caterers are given special permission to purchase and use kosher silver service for foods if, and as long as, they accept and observe the following:
Other Items That May Be Introduced by Any User
Kosher Caterers and Bakeries
You can request a copy of our updated Authorized Caterers and Bakers List. It contains contact information on Twin Cities caterers and bakeries authorized to cater events in our synagogue. They are then under the supervision of the rabbi of the synagogue. If they cater outside the synagogue in a hotel or hall, etc. they must prepare their food in a kitchen approved by the Twin Cities Rabbinic Kashruth Council, and have a mashgiach assigned by the Twin Cities Rabbinic Kashruth Council present at all times. For questions about this list, contact the Rabbi.
Catered Events at Temple of Aaron
Catering For Smaller Events (less than 10 people)
Serving Alcoholic Beverages
Click here to download a pdf of the authorized kosher caterers.
Proper planning and preparation will enrich your experiences during all Jewish life-cycle ceremonies and the Temple will share in your happy occasion. We have established guidelines but no written document can anticipate all situations that may arise. Therefore, feel free to contact the Temple of Aaron office for further information.
Please remember the following:
1. Temple of Aaron is NOT responsible for the loss or theft of clothing or personal articles.
2. The Board of Directors of the Temple of Aaron has established a policy that congregational facilities CANNOT be used by members whose total obligations are not current 30 days prior to the event.
3. The renter agrees to hold the Temple of Aaron harmless for any claims on any account, and particularly, on account of injuries, death or damage occasioned out of the use of the Temple of Aaron facilities (consider adding a floater to home insurance policy)
4. The cost of any special service needs are the responsibility of the family. The Temple staff will assist in making any necessary arrangements.
We will continue to revise and update to match current policies and to incorporate helpful suggestions made by all of you. Any policy changes approved by our Board of Directors will supercede policies listed in this booklet.
Note: The Board of Directors periodically modifies existing policies. Any new policies will supercede policies listed in this page.