Ritual Policies



Potlucks are permitted (and widely enjoyed!) at CAA. Because we have a wide range of ritual observance in our community, please take note of the following guidelines:

  • All potluck food must be vegetarian (no meat or fish) but need not be vegan (dairy products, eggs, and any cheeses are okay!).
  • During all potlucks the kitchen must remain locked.
  • Potluck food may not enter the synagogue kitchen under any circumstances.
  • During potlucks, the synagogue’s kitchen utensils may not be used. This includes plates, silverware, flatware, cups, and any other kitchen equipment.
  • Potluck food may not be reheated in the synagogue ovens.
  • All tables must be covered with disposable tablecloths.
  • All potluck food should be prepared intentionally for the potluck and with respect for the laws of kashrut.
  • All potluck food must be home-cooked or certified kosher.
  • While one is preparing potluck food, one should not simultaneously prepare non-kosher food (i.e.., if one is making lasagna, one should not simultaneously make two lasagnas, one with meat and one without).
  • Ideally, any jarred condiments, sauces, or ingredients used in the preparation of a potluck dish (i.e. tomato sauce, salsa, soy sauce, mayonnaise, etc…) should carry a reliable hechsher (kosher certification) or should be certified vegetarian. If this is not possible, all product labels must be checked carefully for any non-kosher ingredients (i.e. meats, non-kosher fish, gelatin, etc…).

If you have specific questions, please contact Rabbi Resnick.



CAA policy limits some rituals to participation by Jews only. LEARN MORE

Sat, December 16 2017 28 Kislev 5778