After some discussion, the Ritual Committee decided to hold the regular last Friday of the month potluck on March 29, which is during the middle of Passover. This presents special challenges for participants:
- The consumption of Chametz is forbidden during Pesach – All wheat, spelt, rye, barley, and oat products must be made from matzah (bread which is baked within 18 minutes of contact between flour and water)
- The synagogue kitchen will be kashered for meat – we may not serve any dairy products at the potluck
- The synagogue observes the Ashkenazi tradition of refraining from eating kitniyot – No rice, legumes, corn, peas, green beans, mustard, peanuts, soy, sesame, millet, buckwheat, fennel, or fenugreek are allowed.
So what can you bring?
- Packaged foods labeled Kosher for Passover
- Fresh and dried fruit and vegetables (excluding beans and peas)
- Eggs (in the shell)
- Kosher fish (tuna, salmon, cod, talapia) that is prepared in accordance with Passover permitted ingredients (avoid oil-packed canned fish).
- Matza, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and other tubers, plantains, and quinoa
- Tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans)
- Extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, grape seed oil
- Fruit vinegars of kosher wine-based vinegars
If all these restrictions push your buttons, remember that this is a single community meal where we want everyone to be comfortable.