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Kashrut is a cornerstone of Conservative Judaism, and as such, Congregation Shaarey Zedek adheres to the rules of Kashrut developed by the Conservative Movement. Kashrut standards for Congregation Shaarey Zedek are defined by the Vaad Ha’ir of Winnipeg and by the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Kashrut is monitored by the staff of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, under the supervision of the Senior Rabbi, who is the final arbiter of all Kashrut matters. All food prepared by Congregation Shaarey Zedek, or by others on its premises, must be prepared using ingredients labelled Kosher by an acceptable Kashrut Authority. Any ingredient not labelled as Kosher may be approved only by the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Any pastries brought into the Synagogue must be prepared by a Kosher supervised establishment. A list of approved suppliers is available through the catering department.

 

The function host retains the responsibility for the Kashrut of all items brought into the Synagogue for their function. Out of respect for the Shabbat and holidays, all deliveries, including pastry and desserts, flowers, decorations and other materials, must be completed by 3:00 PM the day prior to the Shabbat or holiday. For a Havdallah celebration, flowers and musical equipment only may be delivered after 4:00 PM on Shabbat afternoon. There can be no exception to this rule under any circumstances. No items, including pastry and desserts, flowers, decorations or other materials, are to be removed from the Synagogue prior to 3:00 PM on the Shabbat or holiday.

 

Any item brought into the Synagogue that does not meet the Kashrut standards of Congregation Shaarey Zedek will be returned. If there is no one to accept the removed products, these will be delivered to Winnipeg Harvest at the function host’s expense. There can be no exception to this rule under any circumstances.

 

Only Catering Department staff are permitted to handle, prepare or serve food and food products in and from the Synagogue kitchen. In an effort to minimize the cost of the Shabbat Kiddush for Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations, the host family will be offered one day’s use of the kitchen facilities and equipment in order to prepare some of the desserts to be served at that Kiddush. No charge will be made for that day’s use, except that all activity must be under the supervision of the Catering Department and all raw food products must conform in every way to the Synagogue’s Kashrut Policy.

 

Upon request, a second baking day may be provided to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah family. For that second day, a fee of $125.00 will be charged. (For these purposes, a “day” is deemed to be any 8-hour period between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Thursday.)

 

The reservation and scheduling of the first (“free”) and a subsequent baking day are at the sole discretion of the Catering Department.

 

This privilege is available only to families that are members in good standing of Congregation Shaarey Zedek and who are sponsoring a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Kiddush in the Synagogue. No other function or event will be offered or given a free or any baking day in the Synagogue kitchen.

 

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