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       1.      Definitions
In this contract, “Client”, “you” and “your” mean or refer to each person who has signed the contract as a client;
“Shaarey Zedek”, “the synagogue”, “the premises”, “we” and “our” mean or refer to Congregation Shaarey Zedek;
“Current” or “prevailing” rates mean the rates in effect on the date of contract;
“Final function deposit” means the amount required to have been paid prior to the function;
“Shabbat” means the period between sundown on Friday and sundown on Saturday;
“Kashrut” or “Kosher” means the standards prescribed by Congregation Shaarey Zedek as interpreted and defined by its senior Rabbi;
“MLCC” means the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission or any body charged with the responsibility for issuing liquor permits;
“SOCAN” means Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada or such other body that is legally designated to collect royalties.

       2.      Deposit
When you book your function, you will be required to pay a deposit of $500.00 one year prior to your scheduled date. Approximately three weeks prior to the function, you will be required to finalize and sign the food contract and pay a ninety percent (90%) deposit of all estimated charges.
All balances are due not later than seven (7) days after the function.

       3.      Guaranteeing the Number of Guests
You are required to guarantee the number of guests not later than ten (10) days prior to the function. If we do not receive your confirmation, then the number of guests stated in this contract will be deemed to be guaranteed by you. Upon your request, we will prepare for five percent (5%) more than the guaranteed number. In that case, you will be charged for the guaranteed number or the actual number, whichever is greater.

       4.      Removal of Food
Food prepared by the Shaarey Zedek Catering Department may not be removed from the Synagogue except for those items charged on a per unit/item basis, or items ordered separately from an acceptable outside kosher caterer.

       5.      Cancellation
These are the cancellation fees, which will apply whether or not the prevailing rental was earlier waived:

a.  If we receive your written notice of cancellation of your function earlier than twelve (12) months prior to the function, fifty percent (50%) of the deposit will be retained;

b. If we receive your written notice of cancellation less than twelve (12) months prior to the function date, one hundred percent (100%) of the $500.00 deposit will be retained.

       6.      Gratuity
A gratuity of fifteen percent (15%) is reflected and specified in this contract. The staff of Congregation Shaarey Zedek expects no further gratuity.

       7.      Alcoholic Beverages
No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises of Congregation Shaarey Zedek without a valid MLCC permit. You are responsible for obtaining the appropriate permit. Your permit must be presented in advance of the function for approval of the Executive Chef. All MLCC regulations include the requirement for compliance with all laws of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada.
With the exception of table wine, a professional bartender must serve all alcoholic beverages.

  8.      Bringing Food and Beverages to the Synagogue
You may not bring food and/or beverages into the synagogue other than those supplies required for your baking day. We require that you undertake all measures that will ensure that the rules of Kashrut are observed. Our senior Rabbi will be available to answer any questions you may have.
A breach of the standards of Kashrut will result in removal of food and/or beverages immediately. If you are unavailable to receive what was removed, it will be delivered to Winnipeg Harvest at your expense.

       9.      Storage and Delivery of Food and Beverages
Our storage space is limited. Storage arrangements must be made in advance with the Executive Chef. Out of respect for Shabbat and Holy Days, any delivery must be completed by 3:00 PM on Friday or the day preceding a holiday. Deliveries arriving after 3:00 PM on those days will not be accepted. Similarly, nothing may be removed from the Synagogue on Shabbat or a Holy Day.

    10.      Important Liability Notice
We cannot and do not assume liability for acts of God or acts beyond our control.
We cannot and do not assume liability for food and/or beverages served at your function which were not prepared or obtained by us. Similarly, we cannot and do not assume liability for any product produced for consumption on our premises that has subsequently been removed.

    11.      Your Liability
You agree to take responsibility for any damage done to the premises or removal of synagogue property by you, your guests, employees, independent contractor or agents. If a claim is made against the synagogue arising from your use of the premises, you agree to protect us from any such claim and to indemnify us for any cost, which we may incur in that regard.
You agree to provide us with a list of those with whom you contract for goods and/or services, including the names of those in charge and their telephone numbers.
You also agree to be responsible for the proper supervision of all persons under the age of eighteen (18) years who may be on the premises during your function.

    12.      Entertainment
You must obtain our written approval of any entertainers or recorded music players whom you engage and you must be able to tell us what equipment will be used on the premises. We reserve the right to control the level of noise at any function and require you to provide the instruction to whomever you hire.
You agree to be responsible for payment of any fees to SOCAN as a result of music performed or played at your function.
Musical performances are not permitted on Shabbat.

    13.      Timing
You agree to commence your function at the time specified in this contract and to take all necessary steps to conclude it by the time specified at the end of the function. If we are required to pay overtime wages or costs as a result of a delay in the closing of the function, then you agree to reimburse us for wages or other expenses incurred as a result of the delay.

    14.      Smoking Policy
Smoking is not allowed on the premises.

    15.      Membership Obligation
Clients who are members of Congregation Shaarey Zedek must not have past due financial obligations to the synagogue. If arrears exist within sixty (60) days of the date of a function, the synagogue may cause the function to be cancelled. In that case, Section 4 of the contract relating to cancellation fees will apply.


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