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Food Allergies


Allergies to peanuts and tree nuts (such as cashews, walnuts, almonds, etc) are very serious and can be life threatening. For many people with nut allergies, exposure to even a minute trace of nuts can cause a dangerous allergic reaction. Because of the number of children at Congregation Adat Reyim who have peanut and/or tree nut allergies, we have adopted the following policy to minimize the risk to these children:

It is the Congregation Adat Reyim’s policy to take reasonable actions to maintain a “nut-free” environment at activities primarily targeted for children.

These are the activities of the Preschool School, the Religious School and Camp and any Congregation sponsored family/child event. In particular, these include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oneg Shabbats following Tot Shabbat and Family Services
  • Family Shabbat Dinners
  • Chanukah Party
  • Purim Carnival
  • Ice cream socials
  • Food available during Religious School hours (bake sales, bagel bar, etc.)

For purposes of this policy, restricted foods include any products with peanuts and/or tree nuts as an ingredient, or with a cautionary label warning such as “may contain nuts,” “manufactured on equipment that also processes nuts,” or “produced in a facility that processes nuts.”

Where products containing nuts are a necessary part of such activities (such as request to make peanut butter sandwiches), information that such event is not “nut free” will be prominently stated in the main materials about the event. Additionally, when unavoidable, “nut free” baked goods from bakeries are permissible even if prepared on or with equipment that may also process nuts, including sliced Challah.

It is understood that the Congregation Adat Reyim Kitchen and equipment will not be “nut free.” Further, events that are primarily adult related activities and private functions will not be restricted by this policy. These include food at Board Meetings, adult committee meetings, adult education series, adult staff meetings, other general religious services, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah receptions

Congregation Adat Reyim cannot and does not guarantee that food served at Congregation functions is safe for allergic individuals. Individuals and Parents should continue to exercise caution.

This Policy will be communicated at regular intervals to Religious School and Preschool  teachers and parents, at Board Meetings and in the Congregation Newsletter. Caterers hired by the Temple for Temple sponsored events will be informed of this policy.

Wed, May 22 2024 14 Iyyar 5784