Heilicher fosters an environment in which experiencing Jewish practice is meaningful and is nurtured in a setting respectful of diversity. In this spirit, the school provides the experience of eating as a community in a way that encourages derekh eretz (respectful behavior) and supports the practice and values of kashrut. Our kitchen is under the Rabbinical Supervision of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. We recognize that families vary in their home practices and that some children have special nutritional needs.
Heilicher is an educational institution and in keeping with our mission, we are dedicated to helping our children and parents/guardians gain a better understanding of some of the values and philosophies that underlie kashrut observances. We also encourage students to wash and to recite b’rakhot (blessings) before and after a meal; a washing station is provided in the dining room and at Kabbalat Shabbat.
All lunches brought to school should be dairy or pareve (neither meat nor dairy). No meat/poultry products or derivatives should be brought to school from home.
Each child should eat only their own lunch. Sharing of food is not permitted.
All food and baked goods served in school and at official school functions must be certified as kosher. This includes food from bakeries, grocery stores, or other foods which bear certification. A “K” without further information is not a mark of certification. If in doubt, please contact the Harold and Mickey Smith Jewish Life and Hebrew Director.
Other School Functions:
When our students are on field trips, all food arrangements should be consistent with the school’s kashrut policy.
All food served at official school functions held on or off campus, including all Parent Teacher Organization-sponsored programs also comply with the school’s kashrut policy.
When planning any event open to your child’s classmates, please try to be as inclusive as possible as to the food, timing, and location of an event. Because everyone in the school community is aware that we are an inclusive and yet diverse community, providing information about what food arrangements are being made for birthday parties, play dates, or other events will help make every family feel most at ease. Some options for where to find kosher products are Breadsmith and Byerly’s in St. Louis Park, and many products in your local grocery store.
There are over 500 organizations which provide kosher certification in the United States. The following are just a few of the kashrut symbols found on foods. We have shown here those that you are most likely to find on foods bought in the Midwest. Find more symbols here. There are over 300 agencies or individuals who certify foods as kosher throughout the U.S. If you have questions about other symbols or the reliability of any kashrut symbol, please contact the Harold and Mickey Smith Jewish Life and Hebrew Director.