Food Glorious Food! Potluck Meals @ GRJ

Here’s all you need to know about food @ GRJ this year. There is a kiddush provided mid-service to keep us all going, and a communal ‘bring a dish pot-luck’ lunch at 2pm when services end!


Please *carefully* read the information below…

As many of you who have attended Grassroots events before will know, our beautiful community will be organizing and creating Lunch, for both days of Rosh Hashanna, via a “Potluck” system.As a community we will *together* provide all the yummy food & drink that will nourish us over the festive days!


Because there are simply so many of us, we need a little bit more direction than normal to ensure that we don’t simply end up with 3000 pots of humous!

Thus, we have divided up the roles according to the first letter of our first names. [Eg Julia Smith will be “J”.]

Please note that there are different roles for each of us for each of the days.

E.g. You may be asked to bring e.g. a salad for the first day and then e.g. drinks for the second day.

If you are only attending lunch on one day, simply bring with the food/ drink according to that specific day’s requests. Don’t worry about the other day that you’re not attending!


Please do ensure that the food is either strictly vegetarian or supervised kosher (and vegetarian). Wine does not have to be kosher, although it would be appreciated if it could be.


PLEASE CLEARLY LABEL your food with one of the following:

1st Day Lunch

2nd Day Lunch

If your food ALSO happens to be either dairy or gluten free, then please label it as such– our lactose/gluten intolerant friends will be forever grateful! Please also label foods that contain nuts.

PLEASE CLEARLY LABEL your plastic boxes (both the lids and bases) so that the kitchen angels can keep track of your belongings. Otherwise we won’t know how to divide up the enormous amounts of food!


Some hot plates will be available and the kitchen angles will do their very best to ensure that everything that needs heating is rotated on the hotplates – we cannot guarantee that anything will be ‘piping hot’. If you would like your food heated, make sure that it is brought in a suitable container.The oven will not be on so please don’t bring anything that needs cooking (eg frozen pizzas).

**PLEASE NOTE** There will not be a lot of free space in the kitchen, so please don’t bring anything that needs a lot of preparation , such as unassembled salads, whole pineapples etc.

Questions? Feel free to call Miri on 07887 651202 or email her at

And here it is, the long-awaited GRJ Food Table of Joy. See what you are bringing…


Day 1 (Thurs)

Day 2 (Fri)

Proper Main Courses At least 12 servings. e.g lasagne, curry, tofu, stir fry, quorn, pie, veggie cholent, lots roast veggies, quiche, gratin. (NOT couscous or bulghar wheat- these are salads!)

A-E, S

P, R-Z

Salads At least 12 servingse.g. bean salad, potato salad, couscous salad, lentil salad etc


F,G,H, K, N

Dessert At least 12 servingse.g. cake, crumble, meringues, cookies, mousse.

L,M, O

I, L,M

Dips e.ghumous, guacamole etc3-4 pots each please.

N, T, V


Soft Drinks


B, O



A, J

Fruit please prepare in advance anything that needs it, like pineapples!

I, W

C &E

Looking forward to festing and feasting with you next week!

Miri & The Kitchen Angels

“Grassroots Generations”: Activities for Children & Parents

“Grassroots Generations” Co-ordinator Russell Collins tells us about plans for our littlest members…

This year for the first time, Grassroots Jews is excited to announce that there will be special children and family activities on both days of Rosh Hashanah
Day 1
Family yoga with Jo Cohen
1130 – 1230 in the Den/Moadon
Story telling with Charlie Kane
This session is aimed at toddlers but all ages are welcome
Day 2
Birkat Yeladim (blessing the children)
00:00 – 00:00 in the Ohel/Tent
It has become traditional at Rosh Hashanah and Simchat Torah to ‘call up’ any babies born that year to be blessed under an open tallit.  This year we are delighted to invite all children under barmitzvah age to take part in a Grassroots style blessing ceremony.
Family area
Children and families are welcome EVERYWHERE at Grassroots Jews – but we understand that our smaller members sometime needs their own space – so we have set aside an area filled with books and toys, which can be used throughout both days.
Grassroots Jews is proud to be 100% breastfeeding friendly
If you would like more information or to chat about anything then please get in touch with me:
Shana Tova and see you there!

Registration is Live for GRJ 2013!

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Join Grassroots for our 5th annual independent Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Services. Just fill out this form and pay your £37 membership.

If you’d like to donate £10 towards a machzor (festival prayer book) for our library, we’d be most grateful.

Once you’re registered, check out how YOU can help create this year’s festival experience with exciting volunteering opportunities:

If you want to get involved, but have no idea how, email

Elliott and Dalia