Overview & General Info
Shabbat and Kashrut
Potlucks / Hosted Kiddushim / Kids'
Supplies, Facilities and cleanup
What is a kiddush?
root of kiddush means
"holy" and when we welcome Shabbat with wine, we are sanctifying
the holy day.
has also come to mean a munch, lunch, or
reception that follows Shabbat services.
When is the kiddush?
kiddush starts after
Shabbat services, about 12:30.
What is a hosted kiddush?
who wants to celebrate a simcha with the Or
Shalom community can offer to provide a kiddush.
How many people can
b'nai mitzvah or other simchas
- expect invited guests plus 30-40 regular congregants.
community kiddush -
expect 40-60 participants.
community kiddush -
expect 30-40 participants.
hosted kiddush should
also provide snacks for about 12 children. (More about this below.)
Reserving or changing
a kiddush date
the Or Shalom Administrator at the Or Shalom office (604.872.1614 or the office email).
Sharing a Kiddush
the responsibility for a kiddush
can be fun, efficient, and cost effective! Contact the Kiddush Queen for help finding a co-host.
Arranging a kitchen
the Or Shalom Administrator if you want to have a site inspection,
decorate the social hall, or bring food to the shul
prior to Shabbat.
you are the last person to leave the building, check that all outside
doors are closed and locked.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SET THE ALARM. If any door is not locked, call the Administrator at
604.872.7442 or Frank at 604.875.6560.
Blowing a fuse
the electricity goes off, there is a good chance a fuse has blown. In this case, you must contact the
Administrator or someone else with a key to the office, where the fuse box
- To avoid blowing
a fuse, DO NOT
PLUG TWO COFFEE URNS INTO OUTLETS IN THE SOCIAL
HALL AT THE SAME TIME. One
can be plugged into the outlet next to the social hall door, and the other
must be plugged into a kitchen outlet, with the cord passed through the
at Or Shalom
We strive to control
the use of these items on Shabbat:
- They are usually turned on by our custodian. Please turn off the lights only if you are comfortable
doing so. The lights in the
washrooms should remain on.
- Please do not use the phone except in true emergencies.
and hot water urns - They may be used and must be unplugged when empty or
when you leave the building.
- Top elements are not used as a safety precaution.
- May be turned on low to keep foods warm. When heating foods with strong odors, keep the kitchen
(dish sterilizer) - Do not use until after birchat
hamazon (grace after meals). Dishes must be free of food before
going into the autoclave. Our
custodian will wash the dishes after a potluck or hosted community kiddush.
Food Observances at
The Or Shalom kitchen
is not 100% kosher. Our practice
is to serve only dairy vegetarian foods such as fish, eggs, cheese, sour cream,
and cream cheese. No shellfish or
meat of any kind is allowed.
Ingredients for special consideration include:
- This is stabilizer that comes from a cow's stomach, and, therefore, is
not "dairy." However, the processing breaks it down so much that we
do not consider rennet to be a meat and it is an
- This can originate from non-kosher foods (pork) and is, therefore, not
allowed unless the product has a hechsher
(kosher symbol) or unless the package specifically states vegetarian
- In keeping with the dairy vegetarian standard, fish can be served, but
it should include only the allowable kosher fish (i.e., only those with
fins and scales).
Or Shalom's Eco-Kosher Tradition
Eco-Kosher means an
ecological perspective to Judaism that minimizes the environmental impact of
our religious practice. At Or
Shalom, we adhere to this tradition by avoiding disposable products (including
dishes and cutlery), by minimizing our use of over-packaged products, and by
Serving Kosher Foods
Some people who keep
strictly kosher will not eat food brought into the shul
on Shabbat unless it has a hechsher and/or is
prepared in a kosher kitchen. A
separate table for kosher foods can be set up for guests who keep kosher. Optimally, this table will be set with
kosher plates, cutlery, and cups from a kosher kitchen in order to maintain
kosher integrity and also adhere to Or Shalom's
symbols - Various symbols found on packaged food indicate rabbinical approval
of the ingredients and processing.
Supervision - This is the Vancouver organization that supervises British
Columbia Kosher - BCK - designation for food. They can provide up-to-date information of currently
approved foods. Call their office
va-Adamah, the Jewish environmental action
group, has prepared a list of Organic and Kosher
foods which are available in
Please be conscious of
those folks with food allergies to nuts, gluten and other ingredients. You can do this by
foods while bearing these common ailments in mind. Use gluten-free grains.
Salads are great - don't add nuts. Etc.
Labelling what you serve, so that others may know what is
in front of them.
The Potluck Kiddush
A potluck is declared
on those occasions when nobody is hosting the kiddush.
Everyone brings something to share, following our food observances and
the old adage about keeping it simple. (A good rule of thumb is to bring enough
food to feed you and your family as if that were the only thing you were
eating.) As well, everyone helps set up by putting out food, plates, etc., and
by helping to clean up the social hall and kitchen afterwards. Our custodian will wash the dishes, but
they must be scraped and stacked.
All food must be put away.
The kiddush menu can be as simple or
as elaborate as the host wishes.
Note that two challot are always provided by
Suggestions for a
(cut in half) and a shmear
and humus or baba ganoush
veggies and dip
A more extensive menu
- Lockshun kugel
A catered kiddush can be as elaborate as the
Children are cared
for in the social hall during services.
It is an Or Shalom policy that a snack is provided for the children by
the caterers or kiddush
on snacks for 12 children, or more, if additional little guests are
attending a b'nai mitzvah.
Bagels or crackers
Cream cheese or butter
Fruit and/or carrot or celery sticks
Food for a kiddush may be kept in the
side-by-side fridge/freezer or on the counters. All foods must be in critter-proof containers, clearly
labeled, and removed after the kiddush. Please do not leave any food in the
fridge or on the counters.
Supplies Provided by
These items may or
may not be available on the day of a kiddush.
Always check a few days before the kiddush
date. Two challot
are always provided.
and instant coffee
and herbal teas
(sugar and artificial)
wrap and aluminum foil
towels and napkins
wine and cup - On the open shelves to the left of the microwave.
- Challot - On the sill of the pass-through window. The challah
cover is with the wine.
- In the cupboard underneath the microwave.
and serving utensils - In labeled drawers under the pass-through
window. Additional cutlery is
in the blue tins on the counter.
Please do not overload the drawers. Return the bulk of the cutlery to the tins.
cups, glasses - On the open shelves above the stove. NOTE: There are no soup bowls.
platters and bowls - On the counter and in the lower cupboards to the left
of the stove.
and hot water urns - Either on a shelf in the hallway on the floor next to
the fridge. Smaller urns make
36 cups. A 100-cup coffee urn
is also available.
dustpan, mop - In the closet opposite the sink.
cloths and towels - In the drawer to the right of the stove. NOTE: DO NOT use towels to dry
dishes after they have been in the autoclave, due to health standards.
aid kit - On top of the fridge.
A more complete kit is in the office. Please let the Administrator know if the kit needs
extinguisher - On the wall to the right of the fridge. Additional ones are in the social
hall on the wall next to the kitchen and upstairs near the rear door.
for catered and hosted events:
- Don't try to do it all yourself!
Make sure to arrange for help cleaning up. If you bring in a crew, you must
stay with them while they are in the building. Contact the Or Shalom Administrator for more
information on this policy.
& cutlery - All plates, cutlery and serving dishes must be washed,
air-dried, and put away.
& water urns - Empty and thoroughly rinse
counters - Wipe down and leave clean.
- Clear off dishes and remove tablecloths.
- Not necessary to sweep or mop unless the floor is exceptionally dirty
with spilled food or liquid.
- Please put any empty, recyclable containers into the blue box under the
sink or take them with you.
DO NOT put any container on which a deposit has been paid into the
blue box or garbage!
- Shake out crumbs. Refold
clean tablecloths and return them to the cupboard. Put soiled tablecloths in the
hamper in the closet.
food - Please remove all leftover food.
are also posted on the wall near the autoclave.
1. Turn the autoclave on 20 minutes before
you want to use it by pressing the far left switch at the bottom of the machine
2. When the temperature gauge reads 140 degrees,
it is ready to use.
3. Rinse dishes and cutlery before placing
them into the autoclave.
4. Place dishes into the heavy duty dish racks found beneath the sink.
5. Load the rack into the autoclave and
toss in one scoop of soap.
6. Close and latch the door (press the
7. The cycle lasts about 4 minutes.
8. Take the rack out and air dry dishes
before replacing them on the shelves right-side up.
9. When all the dishes are washed, turn
the switch to "off".
NOTE: DO NOT dry the dishes with dish cloths. Health regulations require they be