Sponsor a Kiddush

Sponsoring Kiddush in 3 EASY STEPS!
Step 1: Buy the food.
Step 2: Bring the food (or have it delivered).
Step 3: Set up and clean up the food (with our help).


Sponsoring Kiddush FAQ

1) For what occasions do people sponsor kiddush?

ANYTHING! Birthdays, weddings, yahrzeits, new jobs, favorite/memorable historical events, OR just because you love having a nosh and a schmooze after services.

We also welcome anonymous sponsorship, as well as co-sponsorship(s). Please let us know if you would like our help finding a co-sponsor.

2) Do I just pay for the kiddush, or is there more to it?

Kiddush sponsors are asked to 1) buy the food for that week’s kiddush, 2) prepare the food and set it out on platters with the help of a Kiddush Team member, and 3) clean up after the kiddush. 

Sponsors have the option to shop for food and drop it off at Solomon Schechter after school hours, bring food with them on Saturday morning, or place an online order. Many people place a FreshDirect or Google Express order and have it delivered to Schechter to save time on shopping (there are additional logistics for perishables). More details on this below!

On Shabbat, the sponsors and Kiddush Team start preparing the food platters during haftarah or musaf.

Sponsors are also asked to help clean up toward the end of kiddush, alongside members of the Kiddush Team. This includes throwing away trash, cleaning table cloths, washing platters, taking care of leftovers, and tidying up the kitchen. Some sponsors have brought tupperware or plastic bags with them to take any leftovers home with them – something to consider as well.

3) What does a basic kiddush include?

You are free to be as creative as you like with your food selections!

Required: 1 bottle of wine or grape juice for kiddush

In general, we recommend:
6 bags of chips or pretzels
5 boxes of cookies
2 bags of wrapped chocolate or sweets
2 bag of grapes or other fruit
2 bags of snackable vegetables (peppers, cucumbers, carrots, grape tomatoes, etc.)
1 jar of salsa or hummus, or other dips
You may also choose to add cheese, soda, seltzer, ice cream, sorbet, other fruits, and nuts.

A member of the team will let you know what paper goods or utensils to provide, if any, depending on what we have in stock.

We request that you please do not bring bread, rolls, or other foods upon which you’d say motzi (the blessing over bread). We occasionally make exceptions for lifecycle events like aufrufs or baby namings but in that case require that the community be given time to wash their hands before making motzi and that birkat hamazon (grace after meals) be recited afterward.

Please be mindful of Kehilat Hadar’s Kashrut Policy.

Kehilat Hadar has small paring knives and cutting boards, so you can cut vegetables or cheese blocks on Shabbat morning during setup.

4) How much does it cost to sponsor kiddush?

Sponsoring kiddush can range from $75-$150, depending on how much you choose to buy and how elaborate you would like your kiddush to be. As mentioned above, co-sponsorships are an option.

5) How does it all work at Solomon Schechter?

You are welcome to drop things off in the kitchen at Solomon Schechter on the Thursday or Friday before your kiddush. The school is open from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and until 3:00 PM on Friday. Please make sure that everything is boxed or bagged and labeled clearly and that the items are placed out of the way of Schechter staff using the pantry.

If you are placing a FreshDirect and/or Google Express order, please have it delivered on Friday before noon. Send the order to Kehilat Hadar, c/o Solomon Schechter, 805 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025. Put a special instruction that the entrance is on 100th street. The phone number is 212-427-9500.

The order cannot have any perishables, as Schechter staff will not refrigerate any of the delivered items. If you want to bring those perishable items on your own on Saturday morning, you are of course more than welcome to do so.

6) How do I sign up?

E-mail kiddush@kehilathadar.org, and a member of the team will get right back to you about available dates. Thanks in advance!