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Synagogue Kiddush Ideas

In many congregations on Sabbath mornings after the ceremony a public Kiddush is recited in Synagogue and refreshments are served as a way of socializing. The Sabbath Kiddush is a traditional opportunity to mark joyous events and life cycle events within the community. Often this Kiddush luncheon is performed to celebrate a personal occasion like birth, Bat or Bar Mitzvah, an engagement or wedding and the guests are served in synagogue with light refreshments as gefilte fish, salads, and cakes. Families sponsoring a Kiddush will often host a much more extravagant Kiddush. The reciting of the blessing over wine and bread at the start of the Kiddush can be conducted by the Rabbi, or the host, same as with Birkat Hamazon, grace after meals. We collected some ideas and party-throwing Recipes that will be useful at your next Kiddush and entertaining ideas for serving a crowd.

Planning The Happy Event

Synagogue KidushWhen you have a Simcha it is customary that you host the Oneg Shabbat Kiddush in honor of your family‘s Simcha. Kiddush after the Service is given to mark a happy event. Mazal Tov! When you are sponsoring a Kiddush at your synagogue you can of course order at the local caterers. If you‘d like to make it more personal prepare it yourself with the help of friends and family members. Here are some serving ideas and Oneg Shabbat recipes. Ingredients We suggest a Parve Menu but you can decide on a Milchig one that allows you desserts with real cream and adding a decorative cheese platter or on a Fleichig one with an assortment of cold cuts. Preparation Do not forget that the important part of the Kiddush is the ceremony itself. Prepare nice Challahs self baked if possible (find our Challah recipe in the Shabbat recipe section). Add an assortment of breads or bagels and the feast can start. Shabbat Shalom!

Herring Salad

Herring SaladVery tasty and a little different this Herring Salad will make the difference. I personally love it as it reminds me of my grandmother who used to serve it. INGREDIENTS: 1 pound Marinated herring; drained 3 cups Potatoes cooked and diced 1.1/2 cup Beets cooked and diced 4 granny smith Apples chopped 1/2 cup Dill pickles chopped 1 small onion sliced For the dressing 1.1/2 cup mayonnaise (for milchig Kiddush replace with double cream) 2 tablespoons White vinegar 1 teaspoons mustard Salt and pepper to taste (easy the herring is usually salty by itself) PREPARATION: Combine salad ingredients in large bowl.


LoxCarved Smoked Salmon. Serve it with Honey-Dill Mustard, Sliced Red Onion, Capers, Chopped Egg & Rye Bread and every will just love it. If your buffet is milchig place also Whipped Cream Cheese aside for everyone to enjoy. INGREDIENTS: Lox Capers Sliced red onions Honey-Dill Mustard Sliced Red Onion Sliced Red Onion Chopped Egg PREPARATION: Here comes again an easy serving idea. All you have to do is slice the lox and decorate a lovely platter placing the dressings aside.

Salad Station

Salad StationEasy for you and fun for your guests is a Make Your Own Salad. All you have to do is to prepare the veggies and place them in large bowls in advance. Prepare three or four dressings in bottles or bowls and add small Interest adders, like croutons, sliced olives, sesame seeds etc near your salad station and everyone will be happy. INGREDIENTS: A large bowl each of: lettuce leaves, cherry tomatoes, spinach leaves. You can add a bowl of sliced oranges or fresh strawberries that will add color to the table. PREPARATION: Just place everything on the table in a way that will be easy to access. Put plates cutlery and napkins and everything else will be done by your guests.

Health Platter

Health PlatterThere are always people thinking about health and calories. Humor them with a beautiful Health Platter with veggies and a light dip. INGREDIENTS: Selleri Cherry tomatoes Carrots Broccoli Green, red, and yellow peppers For the dip use low fat mayonnaise mixed with fresh lemon juice add chopped chives for taste and color. PREPARATION: Can it be easier? Just mix the dip ingredients and place everything on the platter. That‘s it!

Bowtie Salad

Bowtie SaladThis Bowtie Salad looks great and is very easy to prepare change ingredients according to your liking. You may exchange the peppers with tomatoes and add olives and feta cheese. INGREDIENTS: for 8-10 people 2 large yellow peppers (you can use red ones or tricolor ones) 1 Package of deep frozen broccoli 1 medium onion 10 large basil leaves 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tsp sugar salt & pepper 1 lb. bowtie pasta cooked PREPARATION: Prepare the pasta like you always do drain and set aside to cool. Peel and halve the onion and cut into nice rings. Thaw the broccoli. Prepare the dressing using the mayonnaise, oil, and vinegar adding the sugar, salt ant pepper to taste. Now mix everything that‘s how easy it is.


DessertsEspecially kids but most adults too await the desserts more than the food. Let you imagination wander. A fruit platter, fruit salad (a suggestion is found in the Yom Hatzmaut recipe section) cakes everything will ravished. INGREDIENTS: Let your imagination wander PREPARATION: People eat with their eyes. Display is everything!

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