Kiddush Guidelines:


Kiddush food can either be purchased by the families directly, or you can sponsor a Kiddush by giving a check or credit card and a volunteer will purchase it for you. Please read below to help with the guidelines of what to purchase.




  1. Kosher Certification

We have adopted the highest level of Kashrut standards that is generally accepted and commercially available. All food must bear a recognized Kosher Symbol, many of which can be found on There are certain foods that may be purchased without a symbol, but Rabbi or Mrs. Hecht should be consulted.

Wine must bear the words MEVUSHAL and it is usually to be found near the kosher symbol.


  1. Dairy and DE, Meat

Foods that have a Kosher Certification, but have a “D” or “DE” designation, are not acceptable for Kiddushim. Only foods that are “Pareve” or dairy foods which are Chalav Yisroel, are acceptable. No meat can be purchased without approval from Rabbi or Mrs Hecht.


  1. Pat Yisrael

In addition to having Kosher Certification, any baked goods, such as crackers, cookies, wafers, pretzels and the like, must also be Pat Yisrael. Generally speaking, for baked goods to be pat yisrael, they would need to be manufactured by a Kosher Company such as Liebers, Manishevitz, etc, or a local establishment such as Grand Bakery in Oakland. Pars Kosher Market and the kosher section of Lucky on Grant road has many baked goods that are pat yisrael. Trader Joe's babka and black/white cookies are pat yisroel.


D.    Food Preparation
All food must be prepared and plattered only in the Kitchen at Chabad, or purchased from a Caterer or vendor which is under the Vaad haKashrut of Northern California. To coordinate cooking time or preparation time in the Kitchen, please contact Mrs. Hecht at 408.720.8379.


  1. Dedicating a Kiddush

To Sponsor a Kiddush, look online at and find an open week. If you have any questions, please e-mail Cynthia Rodrigues at k[email protected]. Cynthia has volunteered to handle the Kiddush Coordination for this year.


We will open the calendar up for 3 months at a time.

Every Kiddush must have:

  • Grape juice /wine
  • Plastic l’chaim cups (smart and final)
  • Crackers/cake/cookies.
  • Drinks
  • Paper goods (plates, napkins, forks and knives if necessary and cups.


Additional options:

  • Anything from Pars or the kosher section in luckys (Grant Rd)
  • Dips – such as chummous, baba gannoush, guacamole
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables – uncut
  • Pringles
  • Pretzels
  • Corn chips
  • Potato chips need to be from Lucky’s kosher section or Pars
  • Salsa
  • Dried fruit
  • Pickles, olives
  • Lox, white fish
  • Bagels from Izzys in Palo Alto or Smart and Final's First Street Brand that has a kosher symbol