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Seeking Holiness Through Sustenance

Adopted by the Temple Adat Elohim Board of Directors - May 25, 2016
Temple Adat Elohim is a proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). As such, we take seriously our commitment to exploring our tradition anew in each generation.
TAE is an open and welcoming congregation that honors Jewish communal traditions, values, and practices while respecting personal autonomy. This document explains TAE’s kashrut policy for synagogue functions but does not presume to dictate personal practice for our members.
What we eat mattersIt was created by the congregation after a careful study of traditional biblical and rabbinic texts, responsa literature, and our understanding of the community’s needs.1
We recognize that this policy will not establish a kashrut level that is sufficient for all. However, we believe that this policy honors the values and traditions of Judaism, allowing all who attend our events a level of comfort, and falls respectfully within the continuum of practices of the Reform Movement.2
What we eat mattersThe reasoning for dietary guidelines in the Jewish community has focused on both health and social consequences. However, a third motive guides us in this policy: The pursuit of kedusha (holiness). By observing certain basic dietary practices, we accomplish the following:

General Guidelines

By eating Jewishly, we affirm our connection with the Jewish people throughout the ages and around the world, creating a holy community that transcends time and space.
By intentionally choosing, preparing, and consuming our food, we become conscious of all of our actions, creating a holy self-awareness that strengthens our inner beings.
By recognizing the gift of sustenance, we acknowledge our blessings, creating a holy relationship that enhances our lives.
The following policy applies to all food prepared at or brought to the TAE campus. This includes but is not limited to food served for events sponsored by TAE and its affiliates, privately catered events, and food brought to the temple for personal consumption.
  • Pork products, shellfish products, or other foods prohibited by the Torah are not permitted.
  • At TAE-sponsored events 3 and “Potlucks,” meat and dairy products 4may not be served during the same course. Potlucks will be announced as “meat” or “dairy.” However, a dairy dessert may be served following a meat meal provided the meat course has been cleared away.
  • At Private Events 5meat and dairy products may not be served or mixed in the same dish (e.g., no meat lasagna or cheeseburgers). In addition, meat and dairy may not be placed on the same serving table.
  • Personal Meals 6 may include both meat and dairy.
  • For Passover (in addition to the above guidelines), no food or drinks containing the following grains may be brought into the temple in accordance with the Torah: wheat, rye, oats, barley, and spelt. Matzah or food made with matzah products (which are made from one of these five grains) may be brought to the temple. Though not considered kosher for Passover by some communities, products made with corn, rice, beans, and other legumes may be brought into the temple because they are not specifically prohibited in the Torah.
  • We encourage the following: labeling all food as “meat,” “dairy,” or “pareve”; and reciting appropriate blessings before and after meals. We encourage auxiliaries and affiliates to follow this policy on or off site.
  • This policy does not require the following: a kosher certification or kosher meat; a kosher supervisor; or separate meat and dairy dishes and serving items.


1The previous policy was implemented in 1990 and restated in 2008.
2 From the 1999 Platform of the Reform Movement: “We are committed to the ongoing study of the whole array of mitzvot (sacred obligations) and to the fulfillment of those that address us as individuals and as a community. Some of these mitzvot have long been observed by Reform Jews; others, both ancient and modern, demand renewed attention as the result of the unique context of our own times.”
3 “TAE-sponsored events” are defined as any event sponsored by Temple Adat Elohim or TAE affiliates. This includes but is not limited to Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Mishpacha, TAE Seniors, and Youth Groups.
4“Meat” is defined as beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, and duck. “Dairy” is defined as any milk product, including butter, cheese, sour cream, and cream cheese. Fish, eggs, mayonnaise, and soy products are neither dairy nor meat, but rather are “pareve/neutral” and therefore can be mixed with dairy or meat.
5 “Private events” are defined as events arranged through a temple-approved caterer. The caterer must agree to abide by the TAE kashrut policy.
6“Personal meals” are defined as food brought to the temple for personal consumption by students, staff and guests.
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