Food Allergen Policy
Food Allergen Policy
Temple Beth Ami
The purpose of this page is to articulate a Temple-wide policy on food allergy management. This policy is meant to be both instructive and informative. The intent is to provide Temple staff, congregants and guests with clear information about the foods allowed in the building, so persons with allergies (and/or their guardians) may make informed decisions.
At Temple Beth Ami, we are committed to the health and well-being of all our Temple members. This policy applies to all Temple sponsored events but does not apply to renters and other outside groups that use our facilities.
We will strive to make reasonable accommodations for congregants and guests with food allergies. We will designate certain zones, such as Temple Beth Ami Nursery School and Machane TBA, as high allergy awareness and will strive to make such areas nut-free zones. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment but we cannot provide a completely allergy-free setting. Our objective is to offer adequate, accurate information to enable visitors to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones.
Temple members and guests with food allergies should always exercise judgment regarding precautions necessary to safeguard their health, including always carrying required medications (e.g., EpiPen) and notifying staff and event organizers in advance of requested food accommodations.
Policy for Temple-Sponsored Events
Temple staff will not purchase foods labeled as containing tree nuts, peanuts or nut oils or extracts for Temple sponsored events. Temple-sponsored groups purchasing food (meals or snacks) for Temple-sponsored events should strive to arrange for food that does not contain tree nuts or peanuts, including nut oils and extracts.
Publicity for any Temple-sponsored event should indicate whether or not food will be served. For those events where food is served, publicity will include the name of restaurant/caterer and contact information as it becomes available. Where snacks are served, packages/labels should be available for review. Congregants and guests with food allergies are encouraged to contact event sponsors to request special food accommodations.
When food is made available for purchase at Temple events, the organizers will provide allergy-friendly options.
At Onegs, a separate table will be set with allergy-friendly items (e.g., Enjoy Life brand).
While the Temple is unable to assume responsibility for ensuring that homemade goods are nut-free, we urge congregants to refrain from bringing goods containing nuts into the Temple. All homemade goods will be marked as homemade.
Policy for Temple Beth Ami Nursery School and Machane TBA (Religious School)
In addition to the Temple-wide policy, additional specific policies are in place for TBANS and Machane TBA. These policies are additive to the Temple-wide policy and do not replace it. Specific questions about these policies should be directed to the Early Childhood Director or the Director of Education.
Please see the Temple Beth Ami Nursery School Food Policy (begins on page 8: http://www.bethami.org/images/Education/TBANS/Parent_Handbook_Like_A_Book.pdf) and Machane TBA Policy on our website.
TBANS and Machane TBA may make additional accommodations to their published policies to further ensure the safety of individual children with specific food allergies. Parents of children with such food allergies should meet with the Director (TBANS or Machane) to discuss specific additional accommodations that may be needed.
Staff working in the TBANS and Machane TBA may not bring or consume nuts or nut products in the school spaces.
Policy for Temple Executive Offices
There will be no nuts or nut products in the Front Office reception area.
Staff working in the front office may bring and consume nuts for personal use in their private offices only. Temple members and guests should notify staff of food allergies prior to meeting in their private offices, so that reasonable precautions can be take to accommodate individuals with allergies.
Judaism teaches us that the most important obligation (“mitzvah”) is to protect every life, and perform whatever actions are necessary to avoid any potential harm to an individual (“pikuach nefesh”). We adhere to this food policy as we model the value of being sensitive to the needs of others.