GBDS observes the mitzvah of Kashrut.

I - Daily Lunch/Snack

  • Only dairy or pareve lunches may be brought from home. This includes all milk products, all vegetable products, and all fish except shellfish.
  • Bread, cookies, and cakes must be made with pure vegetable shortening or butter.
  • NO MEAT IS ALLOWED IN THE SCHOOL EXCEPT FOR SCHOOL-SPONSORED, PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED AND CAREFULLY SUPERVISED OCCASIONS.
  • Parents bringing food to school for purposes other than personal lunch/snack ( i.e. birthday celebrations) are asked not to bring HOME-PREPARED FOODS. This policy is made to ensure the Kashrut of all foods served in the school. ALL BAKED GOODS MUST BE PURCHASED AT A KOSHER BAKERY.

II - Special Events (Birthday Celebrations, Grade Level Ceremonies, etc.)

Food brought into School

  • Food for all events should be checked by Rabbi Traiger at least 2 days prior to the event.
  • Parents are requested to be in touch with Rabbi Traiger regarding food to be brought in to celebrate a student’s birthday 2 days prior to the actual day on which the birthday is celebrated.
  • Food must have an acceptable heksher. Any prepared food product brought into the school must be labeled with one of the following Kashrut symbols:
  OU The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations
  OK The Organized Kashrus Laboratories
  StarK Star-K Kosher Certification
  Star D Star-D
  KofK KOF-K Kosher Supervision

Food Prepared in School

  • Any utensils used for preparation should stay within the area of the kitchen/multi-purpose room area. No utensil should be taken out of the kitchen/Multi-Purpose Room without first checking with Rabbi Traiger
  • If the oven is to be used for any preparation, the metal rack must be covered with aluminum foil and the food must be covered.

III - Middle School Breakfasts (Rosh Hodesh and Bnai Mitzvah)

  1. Bagels and other baked goods may be purchased from the following establishments:
    1. Hot Bagels, 6-07 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ, 201- 796-9629
      RCBC Supervision is over the uncut bagels only. Rabbi Traiger has a knife to cut bagels
    2. Zadies Kosher Bake Shop, 19-09 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn 201-796-6565, RCBC Supervision
    3. Hot Bagels, 976 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 201-833-0410 RCBC Supervision is over the uncut bagels only. Rabbi Traiger has a knife to cut bagels
    4. Sammy’s New York Bagels, 1439 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ 201-837-0515, KOF-K Supervision
    5. Butterflake Bake Shop, 448 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 201-862-3516 RCBC Supervision
  2. Cream cheese needs to have a reliable kosher symbol. Brands which are acceptable are Tempte and Philadelphia.
  3. Any other packaged goods should also have a reliable kosher symbol (OU, Kof-K, Star-K) Entenmann’s and Friedhoffer’s baked goods are fine and always a hit with middle school students.
  4. You’ll need to bring paper goods – paper plates, paper cups, napkins, knives and spoons.

Please be in touch with Rabbi Traiger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding food at least 2 days prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Rosh Hodesh celebration.

 

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