Ahavat Olam

A progressive synagogue in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Community meal [with catering info]

In addition to our High Holidays Services, Ahavat Olam will be hosting a festive meal after the morning service on the first day of Rosh Hashana – Monday, September 30, at 1:30 pm at the Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3G9

Our community meal will consist of catered dishes of traditional fare, including dessert, as well as potluck dishes.

Attending Our Community Meal
If you wish to attend, we ask that participants also bring substantial dairy vegetarian potluck dishes to share with the community that should serve approximately 12 people.

Please be aware that we have members in the community who are observant and/or have other dietary restrictions. Accordingly, please do not include anything with hidden ingredients such as meat/chicken bouillon, or hidden wheat/barley/gluten ingredients, that would make the dish problematic for some members of the community. We kindly ask all contributors to please label your dishes.

To offset some of the costs for our community meal, Ahavat Olam would be grateful for your contribution of $18 per adult for the meal, and $7 for each child 12 years of age or less.

On a purely voluntary basis, if you are comfortable doing so, you are invited also to submit an additional, separate amount to help fund a Rosh Hashana lunch for someone who wants to join us, but who finds it hard to pay for the meal.

If you would like to attend, but may find it very hard to stretch your budget that far, please text Bonnie Glassford at 604 767-7122 or e-mail bonnieglassford@yahoo.com.

If you wish to attend our Rosh Hashana community meal, please contact Bonnie Glassford (contact information above) and include the names of the attendees in your household.

Please ensure that all reservations and payment are in ahead of time so we know how many to buy for.

  • Cheques to cover the $18 or $7 amounts (and for the meals you are donating), payable to Ahavat Olam, with Rosh HaShanah Community Meal on the memo line of the cheque, may be mailed to Ahavat Olam at:

    Ahavat Olam
    201 – 4088 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC. V5Z 2X8.

  • Cash may be given to Bonnie or to Michael Barkusky at the luncheon:  in an envelope with your name, the amount, and the breakdown of what you are paying, i.e., lunch, tsedakah, donation to A”O, membership ($18), etc.
  • If you need a tax receipt for donations, please pay through the Donations link on our web site: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?AID=15&ID=51&VER=1&LNG=EN
  • You may also email money in an eTransfer to Michael Barkusky, our treasurer, clearly stating the breakdown of what you are paying, and he will place it in the A”O account.

Also, and this is very important, we need help setting up for the luncheon and cleaning up afterward.
Many hands make light work. So please write to Bonnie directly if you can volunteer. Thanks. 

Potluck Meal Suggestions
*Meals should serve approximately 12 people.

These are just suggestions, but they might give you some ideas.
• salads of all kinds (bring salad dressing in separate container) from green to bean, egg to tuna
• casseroles, quiches and more (remember no meat, poultry or shell fish)
• hot potato, rice, or quinoa dishes
• drinks such as juices or pop
• fish: all fin and scale fish welcome, including lox, salmon, tuna salad, herring, sole, trout, mackerel, etc.
• bagels and cream cheese + fixings
• other yummy breads and spreads
• hummus, tehina, eggplant dishes
• couscous
• cut-up fruit

Important: No meat or poultry, please, and no soups! 

Equally important: If you have an allergy, please be sure to make a dish you can eat and label it appropriately.