Food is central to our communal life – our dietary policies are intended to provide as many as possible in our Baton Rouge Jewish community the opportunity to participate.
Why do we have a policy?
Food is central to our lives as individuals and in Jewish community life. Kashrut (Kosher) refers to a system of dietary laws that some Jews observe. The guidelines of our congregation are consistent with previous policies and are intended to provide as many as possible in our Baton Rouge Jewish community the opportunity to participate in activities whether they observe a degree of Kashrut, are vegetarian, avoiding certain foods due to allergies, or have no restrictions.
Where does it apply?
This policy applies to all foods served during any Synagogue-sponsored activity, regardless of location. It also applies at any gathering or event on synagogue premises.
What foods are prohibited?
- Pork (bacon, ham, pepperoni, tasso, etc.). This includes lard-based greases.
- Shellfish (crabs, oysters, crawfish, etc.).
- Fish without fins and/or scales such as catfish and shark.
- Dairy products and meat (including chicken) in the same dish may not be served (ie: chicken parmesan, cheeseburgers, etc).
Other recommended guidelines
- Kosher meats (beef, chicken) are preferred but not required. If a meat is not certified as Kosher, it should be clearly labeled.
- Meat dishes will be kept on a separate table from milk dishes.
- Fish is considered parve (neither meat nor milk) and can be served with any other food.
- Consider using vegetable oils and non-dairy substitutes (rather than milk, butter, and cream) in dishes and baked goods. Foods with dairy products should be labeled as such.
- Consider avoiding foods that are common allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, soy, sesame). Labeling of any foods with these products is encouraged.
- For on-premises events, congregants are asked to submit a complete food and beverage menu to the Rabbi for approval prior to finalizing their choices for any event they are sponsoring.
- Dairy and vegetarian meals are lower in cost and eliminate many of the complications due to prohibited foods.