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Kol Sasson Congregation is an inclusive, observant community in Skokie, Illinois
that strives to transform Jewish lives through critical inquiry
within the traditional framework of Halakha.

Kashrut Community Standard

Kol Sasson is an inclusive, halachically observant community; we welcome all Jews, and we respect each person as an integral part of our community.

Kashrut is a central value for Kol Sasson, and all of our communal events follow standards of kashrut intended to ensure that the largest number of members is comfortable eating. We also recognize that, as has been the case in many Jewish communities throughout history, Kol Sasson members observe a range of kashrut standards in their own homes.

Food served at any communal Kol Sasson event must be prepared using certified kosher products on utensils and appliances that are kosher (see additional resources section for more information). Communal events include all formal events coordinated by Kol Sasson and advertised through our weekly emails. Many communal events (including kiddushim and community lunches) occur at shul and are catered, while others such as seudot shlishit, onegei Shabbat and the Purim party take place in private homes. Everyone contributing cooked food to a communal event in a private home must adhere to this standard in the preparation of his or her contribution.

While we require all ingredients and supplies used in preparing food for communal events to be kosher, it is possible for participants to contribute food irrespective of one’s personal practices. The simplest way is to provide packaged food that is certified kosher. Kol Sasson recognizes the kashrut certifications listed here, on the CRC or ASBI websites. Any food brought to an event in a community member’s home must be purchased, transported, and prepared/reheated in a manner that is consistent with being shomer Shabbat (see additional resources section for more information). People can cut and bring fruits and vegetables that are washed in a normal fashion.

Below please find some specific guidelines (in no way comprehensive, please see links below for additional information):

  • Cheese and dairy products: All cheese and cheese-based products need reliable supervision, even cheese which is 100% vegetarian. Fresh milk, fresh cream, half-and-half and butter (grades AA and AAA) do not require supervision.
  • Canned vegetables: Canned vegetables need reliable kashrut supervision.
  • Frozen fruit and vegetables: Except for artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, and all products coming from China (which always need supervision), frozen fruit and vegetables are all kosher as long as there are no extra flavorings or stabilizers – beyond salt or baking soda or the like – and have no added oils.
  • Canned and bottled fruit: Canned fruit – including cranberries and apple sauce – meeting the following criteria are kosher without supervision: not made in China, no artificial or natural flavors or colors. The following are acceptable additives: sugar, heavy or light syrup, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
  • Fruit juices: Grape juice, pink grapefruit juice, prune juice and tomato juice always need reliable supervision. Other 100% pure fruit juices – apple, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, etc – with no added natural or artificial flavorings or added “fruit juice” do not need supervision.

Additional resources

If your kitchen does not conform to the community kashrut standard detailed above and you would like to make changes to meet the standard, there are complicated procedures that you can follow. The best option is to consult a local rabbi or another expert in Jewish law. The above link provides general procedures for kashering and includes some other links, as well. (Note that the procedures outlined at the link above are for Passover, but are valid during the rest of the year, as well.)

Food may be reheated on Shabbat only if all four of the following conditions are met: (1) the food was totally cooked before shabbat; (2) the food is solid, not liquid; (3) the reheating is done on a device such as a warmer or hotplate (i.e. not something that you could use for cooking raw food); (4) the warmer or hot plate was turned on before Shabbat. On Yomtov all reheating is allowed as long as the heating device was turned on before Yomtov.

More info on Pesach >>

Sun, November 18 2018 10 Kislev 5779