The Shabbat lunches are slowly growing more popular, so we are needing your help. We need volunteers at the lunch to help us clean up when the meal is over and Birchat Hamazon (blessings after the meal) is done. That way the work goes faster for all of us.

We are opening up the Shabbat lunches to items prepared at home that are on The Food and Potluck Guidelines. You may find the information on what is or isn’t allowed at potluck guidelines Or you may contact Elizabeth in the Congregation Beth Ami Office for a paper copy. Remember these guidelines are a compromise so that everyone may participate in the providing for the meal, whether you keep kosher at home or don’t.

Please remember: Our mashgichim are there to help keep these guidelines in place, if they ask you questions regarding your contribution, they are doing their best to ensure that your dish does follow these guidelines. If you have questions feel free to ask them or other members of the kitchen committee. If they don’t know the answer, they know how to find out.

For food safety reasons, any food remaining out after the lunch will not be saved. If people want to take the leftovers home we are happy will provide bags for taking food home. Any other leftovers will go in the compost bin. If you brought in food to share, we will set the your food dish aside on the counter for you to wipe your dish out before you take it home.

The lunches are dairy, so no items with meat products. Sealed packaged goods marked with a Kosher symbol, such as hummus, crackers, chips, lox, herring. (If you are not familiar with the Kosher symbols, click here for more information.) Sealed packages of cheese marked Kosher. Sealed packages of domestic cheeses from USA with no kosher symbol are acceptable as long as there are no other

All other food must be prepared in the Beth Ami kitchen, supervised by a mashgiach. If you have any questions, contact Myra Thomas at or 707 287-0786.