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Jewish Event Planning Tip – What’s In Your Jewish Half Mile Radius?

Jewish Event Planning Tip – What’s In Your Jewish Half Mile Radius?

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Your Jewish Event Planning Radius

What’s around you that is Jewish? Is there a Synagogue down the block? How about a Jewish Center where they can bring their kids? What about Kosher food or Kosher restaurants in a half mile radius? If you want to host a Jewish celebration or weekend event, know your “Jewish vicinity” and where your customers can visit or frequent when they’re out and about. Knowing what’s around your venue that’s Jewish can help you tailor a special rate or program to the Jewish market. NYC is a destination for millions of visitors every year and offering special rates for out of town guests at a nearby Synagogue is a great way for to get new customers in the door. For instance, pairing with your local Synagogue and offering a special rate for out of town guests who attend weekend events or for Sabbath is a great option – the guests will see that your venue is accommodating to their needs. And eventually, they may decide to build on their hotel stays and start hosting events at your place!

Henry Isaacs

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Jewish Events Tip – Kosher vs Kosher Style

Jewish Events Tip – Kosher vs Kosher Style

Kosher StyleKosher Style vs. Kosher

Kosher, Kosher style, glatt Kosher, not-so-Kosher. These are just some of the terms you’ll hear when you’re dealing with a Jewish event. It’s important you learn about the subtle and not so subtle differences in Jewish diet restrictions so you can be prepared for any Kosher request.

Generally, some families prefer kosher and some will opt for kosher style. That sounds basically the same but they are actually worlds apart.

Strictly Glatt Kosher means that the food, ingredients, utensils, and ovens used in making the food ALL adhere to the Kosher standards and are overseen by a mashgiach, a designated Kosher overseer. Technically, the term Glatt refers to a certain quality of animal (defect free), although these days Glatt Kosher tends to imply simply a higher form of Kosher. Glatt Kosher refers to meat; Cholov Yisroel refers to a higher form of dairy (see our Shavuot post for more on Cholov Yisroel).

All the ingredients in AND process of cooking chicken marsala must be kosher, the chicken must be bought from a recognized kosher establishment, and the oven has to be cleansed for cooking kosher products. It’s intensive, yes!

Kosher style is simply saying that you’ll cook a meal that resembles a Kosher meal (such as brisket, chicken soup, matza ball soup, or tzimmes) but doesn’t conform to all the guidelines listed above. A major major difference, so large in fact that when a consumer hears that a location is Kosher Style, they may never give your establishment a second chance should you decide to become fully kosher.

If your venue can accommodate kosher and not just kosher style, you’ll be able to cast a wider net and attract ALL of the groups of Jewish event planners, Orthodox especially. Ever since the Monsey meat scandal and the erroneous Long Island caterer drama, standards of Kosher meat has become an even higher priority for event planners.

Our suggestion is to always ensure Glatt Kosher standards. Respecting the dietary laws of Orthodox and Traditional family members and guests at their events, and having kosher style simply may not be enough, according to the stricter Orthodox kosher guidelines.


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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Offer Diverse Ethnic Menus

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Offer Diverse Ethnic Menus

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Offer diverse ethnic menus for ethnic Jewish communities.


The Jewish community is one of the most diverse populations in the world, and it’s reflected in their food. American, Persian, Syrian, Spanish, Morrocan, Bukharian, Chassidic, Israeli, etc – the New York Jewish market contains all those types of Jews. If your caterer and venue can host and accommodate all Jewish ethnic groups, such as Persians, you’ll get more than just a Persian bride and groom – you’ll get the entire Persian community for ALL their events!

Henry Isaacs
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Jewish Events Tip – 7 Days of Celebrations After A Wedding

Jewish Events Tip – 7 Days of Celebrations After A Wedding

Sheva Bracha7 Days of Celebrations after a Wedding

Think the Jewish bride and groom zoom off into the sunset right after their chuppah? Guess again. All Jewish weddings are followed by Sheva Brochot, the SEVEN days of celebrations after a Jewish wedding.

Yes, there are seven more parties after the big wedding day. These seven days of celebration (literally, Sheva Brachot mean Seven Blessings) may not be as huge as the wedding day but they’re usually intimate small-scale celebrations of roughly 25-50 people.

How does this benefit your venue or event service? If your venue has smaller event space available in the days following the wedding, be sure to mention your smaller “Sheva Brochat rooms” to your bride and groom and you may get some more post-wedding business.

We all know that brides and grooms have little recollection of their big day, it goes so fast, so suggesting a Sheva Bracha at the same venue they got married in can help them relive their day.


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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Know The Jewish Calendar and Jewish Holidays

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Know The Jewish Calendar and Jewish Holidays

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Know the Jewish calendar and Jewish Holidays

The better you know the Jewish calendar, the more educated your sales efforts can be. For instance, Jewish law discourages celebrations from occurring during certain weeks in the Spring and Summer (known as the Sefira Weeks and the Three Weeks). Also, during the High Holidays and Passover, the Jewish market holds off on celebrations because, well, who can plan a party while already cooking for these huge family holidays? On the flip side, there are dates when celebrations are highly encouraged (such as Tu B’Av in July and Lag B’Omer in May) and Jewish event planners love to target those days for their celebrations! Know the Jewish calendar. 

Henry Isaacs

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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Know The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ritual

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Know The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ritual

Benefit from the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ritual Schedule

In most Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, the actual ritual and ceremony takes place on the Sabbath weekend before the actual party. What that means is guests and relatives from all over will be staying for the entire weekend to share in all the celebrations. If you are a hotel, you can book those guests for weekend stays. If you are a venue, the parents could benefit from your venue hosting the large Sabbath meals for all the guests. There are sales opportunities for your location even in the Jewish rituals.

Henry Isaacs

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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Orthodox Jewish Weddings Can Be Planned In 2-3 Months

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Orthodox Jewish Weddings Can Be Planned In 2-3 Months

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Orthodox Jewish Weddings Can Be Planned in 2-3 Months

Unlike most weddings, Orthodox Jewish weddings are planned very quickly (to the chagrin of the stressed out parents) due to the nature of the engagement. The benefit for your venue is that if you have available venue dates on your calendar that you are just dying to book up, the Jewish market is a perfect market to target for “last-minute” venue reservations. I got engaged in March and had a wedding for 250 people at Crest Hollow Country Club in June. The quick turnaround time for Orthodox weddings could be a great source of last-minute revenue for your location!

Henry Isaacs

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Jewish Event Planning Tip – Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs… Is That All The Jewish Events?

Jewish Event Planning Tip – Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs… Is That All The Jewish Events?

Jewish Events & Celebrations

Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Jewish Weddings… is that all the events?

New York is the epicenter of Jewish philanthropy. There are thousands of international, national, and local Jewish non-profits, hundreds of Synagogues, and dozens of schools based in the tri-state area… and they all need great fundraising events. Non-profit organizations, schools, and charities all host their special events in the tri-state area to increase fundraising from the affluent Jewish New York market (just ask the Marriott Marquis – they are one of the top choices for Jewish organizational fundraisers because of their central location and large capacity.) Organizations are very loyal to their venues and if you give an organization a good price and great value, they’ll keep coming back year after year for their functions. And since many organizations have wealthy Jewish individuals and families attending their events, those families will essentially have a “personal tour” of your venue as a potential fit for their social events. Like a Bar Mitzvah.

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Jewish Event Tip – The One Thing NOT To Skimp On

Jewish Event Tip – The One Thing NOT To Skimp On

Jewish Event Planning & Kosher CateringThe Jewish event can be an extremely lavish one or a cost effective basic one. Depending on the event, the location, the geographical region, or the target audience, the Jewish event ranges from a Bar/Bat Mitzvah featuring the Black Eyed Peas to a small Synagogue dinner for congregants. Most of us will probably deal with events basically in between those types – mainly average sized weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, organizational fundraisers, and even School Journal dinners.

But there’s one commonality in every type of Jewish event that determines the success and “must return” factor for the people attending (by success, I’m referring to whether or not people spread the word positively or negatively). And its the one thing never to skimp on. It’s the food. From the hor dourves to the dessert. Above all, the food is the main thing that will be discussed, critiqued, praised, and remembered at any Jewish event.

And in some cases, the food goes beyond just taste and abundance. Food becomes a social requirement. For certain social events, the Jewish market will go to many lengths to ensure Jewish foods, such as Israeli, Bukharian, Persian, Moroccan, etc, are able to be provided by their Kosher caterers. Once a Jewish ethnic group finds a caterer that provides their brand of food and great quality, they stick with it for ALL their special events. For organizational functions, having glatt kosher food, as opposed to simply kosher, attract a different crowd of people and thus a different type of donor.

Let’s face it – the Jewish demographic loves to have great Kosher food. We think the food fascination comes from a tradition rich in long holiday seasons, lifecycle celebrations that closely mingle joy and food, and even the Jewish family’s revolvement around the kosher kitchen. So certainly for the Jewish market’s special events they attend, after inquiring about the type of event, their second question is “So what’d they have?” The food is the main focus for the Jewish event. The venue could be glorious, the flowers magnificent, the orchestra toe-tappingly good; if the food isn’t up to the standards they’re anticipating, you’re event may not get the high marks you’re aiming for.

Now, for the occasional wedding, social event and one-shot event, that desirable word of mouth and buzz factor may not really matter, but for the organizational, non-profit, or corporate event that happens year after year, word of mouth/buzz is a driving force behind increased fundraising, attendance, sales and return customers. As frequent travelers can attest, free breakfasts at hotels is a great draw to get new reservations, but the quality of the food at these hotels has to be top notch for repeat business. Same for the Jewish event. The food doesn’t need to be innovative nor particularly creative – the food simply needs to be great and available in relative abundance. With this in mind, the one place you may be able to cut corners could be dessert, but ONLY because the rest of the meal was fantastic.

Overall, when planning an event, the food will make the difference between a good event and a great memorable event!


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