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 – Thursday, September 21, at 1:00 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.

Although contributions do not have to be strictly kosher, 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 bouillion, 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 is asking for $18 per adult for the dinner, 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 contact Bonnie Glassford at 604 437-0022 or bonnieglassford@yahoo.com, or Sarah at 604-578-8819.


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 payable to Ahavat Olam to cover the $18 or $7 amounts (and for the meals you are donating) may be mailed to Bonnie Glassford at:

Bonnie Glassford
3026 E. 54th Avenue
Vancouver, BC. V5S 1Y5

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 want to 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.