Shabbat Kiddush Luncheon, the communal gathering that follows the Shabbat
morning prayers, is a traditional opportunity to mark joyous events
and life cycle occasions within the community. A birthday,
anniversary, or Yartziet are all events commonly honored at the
luncheon, as well as baby namings, graduations, and other
opportunities to give thanks in the company of family and friends.
Chabad of Ann Arbor offers Sponsorship of our Shabbat Kiddush as a formal “Shabbat
At the conclusion of Shabbat morning prayers, just after noon, the
congregation gathers to say the blessing over the wine (“Kiddush”).
The week’s Sponsor has an opportunity to speak about the event for
which they are sponsoring the Kiddush, and is welcome to say a few
words about the Torah portion of that week, an upcoming Jewish
holiday, or another Jewish topic. (The Rabbi or Rebbetzin will be
glad to help the Sponsor prepare their remarks.)
You’ll see a list of several months’ worth of upcoming Sabbaths, in both English and
Hebrew dates. The green boxes indicate Sabbaths that are available;
red boxes indicate Sabbaths that are already sponsored. Click
“Reserve,” and you will see a form to fill out including your
contact information and the event for which you are sponsoring the
Kiddush. An email will be sent to the address you
enter to confirm your reservation. That’s all there is to it!
A typical Kiddush at Chabad includes 25 – 45 people,
plus friends or family whom you would like to invite to join us.
Kiddush Luncheons for 45 people typically cost between $250 – $400. You may
make your Kiddush as elaborate you wish, of course, and can augment
the suggestions below. In addition, fresh cut flowers for the buffet
table add to the Oneg Shabbat (enjoyment of the Sabbath) and are
Veggies for a salad i.e. tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded dole lettuce
2 sabra dips
Keep in mind we can help you arrange these details if necessary.
HECHSHERS (Kosher certification symbols)
Please make sure ALL products are “OU” Pareve (a U with a circle around it) or “OK” Pareve (a K with a circle around it), Kof Kay, or Star K.
Acceptable Hechshers also include: CRC; Badatz Jerusalem; Chug
Chasam Sofer; Bnei Brak Rabbi Landow. Please consult the Rabbi or
Rebbetzin with questions regarding Kosher certifications.
Also, please note that all non-meat Kiddush items must be Pareve,
not Dairy. Hechshers for Dairy items usually include a capital “D”
nearby. A “p” next to a hechsher refers to its acceptability for
Passover, and is not an indication of Parve status. Items will
occasionally be marked “Parve” next to the hechsher.
An option for your Kiddush menu is to patronize the Jewish
stores in a convenient cluster on Greenfield near Ten Mile in Oak
Park, Michigan. On the east side, in the Royal Plaza, is a Zeman’s
Bakery and Unique Kosher Carryout. On the west side is the One Stop
Kosher Supermarket. Alternatively, it is possible to buy everything
for your Kiddush menu right here in Ann Arbor. For example, Hiller’s
now carries packaged cakes by the brand “Green’s from Brooklyn.”
Costco carries Aarons cold cuts, Bartenurah wine, Sabra dips and Avacado salads.
Please arrange to bring all items to the Chabad House on the
Thursday evening or Friday before, no later than early Friday
afternoon. Contact the Rabbi at 734-995-3276 or email
so that everything can be arranged in accordance with Sabbath
requirements. We ask that you allow yourself time to assist us in
preparing the platters of food then, to simplify preparations on the
Sabbath morning. If you wish to use special tableware, please
purchase disposable plates, utensils, etc., and bring them,
unopened, at the same time as the food items.
Chabad House of Ann Arbor thanks you for your interest in becoming a
Kiddush Sponsor. We look forward to sharing your Simcha or
commemorative event with you!
** all food items must remain IN CONTAINERS and UNCUT. Vegetable and
fruits must be purchased WHOLE. All washing and cutting of fruits
and vegetables, and all slicing of desserts, kugels, etc. should
only take place at the Chabad House using the House’s kitchenware.
Wine should remain CORKED until it is served at the Kiddush. The
Rabbi or Rebbetzin will be happy to consult with you regarding
preparation of the Kiddush.