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Looking for in-house kosher catering for a synagogue/temple for under $80/pp.

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Kallah2013 Oct 14, 2013 10:57 AM

Hi All, My fiancé and I are looking to get married in 2014 in the New York area. We've started our wedding venue search and are a bit disheartened. My sister had her wedding at Sephardic Temple and it was beautiful. I'm looking for an in-house caterer in a synagogue that is similar to Sephardic Temple's sanctuary skylight, high ceilings and natural light that comes in. I do not want to get married in Sephardic Temple as many of the same guests will be invited – and I would like to be ‘unique’ in our wedding. We are looking to stay under $80/per person for the meal. And we both would like to get married ideally in a synagogue. Any and all suggestions are welcome! Many thanks! -H

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  1. weinstein5 RE: Kallah2013 Oct 14, 2013 11:50 AM

    where are you located?

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      Kallah2013 RE: weinstein5 Oct 14, 2013 11:53 AM

      We're located in New York. We're ideally looking in the New York area. But I think we are open to New Jersey if it comes down to it.

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        morris RE: Kallah2013 Oct 29, 2013 01:09 PM

        Cong. Keter Torah in Teaneck NJ has a bright sanctuary with very high ceiling. Five Star is the in-house caterer. The mid-week special is $59/person, but weekends are more.

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      craigcep RE: Kallah2013 Oct 14, 2013 01:07 PM

      Check out Woodbury Jewish Center.

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        Kallah2013 RE: craigcep Oct 15, 2013 05:40 AM

        It was actually on the places we looked into. But unfortunately, they do not have an in-house caterer at this time. There was a legal dispute with Morrell Caterers kashrut level and they are currently looking for a new in-house caterer. Any other suggestions?

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          EmpireState RE: Kallah2013 Oct 17, 2013 04:15 PM

          What about Shelter Rock Jewish Center? I never went to a wedding there so I have not seen the sanctuary but I can confirm that they have very good food and excellent service. (I was just there for a bat mitzvah).

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            susiejane RE: EmpireState Oct 17, 2013 06:01 PM

            I have been there for weddings but not for a while. I also would suggest The Great Neck Synagogue but I have no idea of their pricing.

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              Kallah2013 RE: EmpireState Oct 18, 2013 06:28 AM

              We visited Shelter Rock. We liked them...but it would be a stretch for our budget right now.

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          flo220 RE: Kallah2013 Oct 15, 2013 08:45 PM

          Are you looking for the $80/pp to be all in (including tax, service and various overhead such as the mashgiach) or just the quoted cost per person? My son got married in June and we found that we had to add 20% or so to the quoted price to cover all of those costs. If you are looking at $80/pp for the quoted cost then you may want to look at Temple Beth El in Cedarhurst (Seaview caterers). While the sanctuary doesn't have the skylight, it is impressive and beautiful with stained glass windows. The room where the reception and smorg was in was also very pretty and we found the caterers good to work with.

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            queenscook RE: flo220 Oct 15, 2013 09:00 PM

            I was there recently for a wedding; I was very impressed with the place. The dance floor was a bit tight, but otherwise, it was very nice.

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              Kallah2013 RE: flo220 Oct 16, 2013 06:20 AM

              We are looking for 80/per person for the quoted cost per person - and not with the additional fees. However, we have a budget of 35K that we would like to stay in. We visited Temple Beth El in Cedarhurst and felt that since we will only be having 150 guests the sanctuary will look very empty....

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                flo220 RE: Kallah2013 Oct 16, 2013 07:47 PM

                Your concern about Beth El is very valid. Even though they try to close off some of the seats to push more of the people together, it is a huge sanctuary. We had 330 people and some of the photos show how few of the seats were actually occupied -- although from the chuppah looking out at the seats, it did not seem that empty.
                Are you set on a synagogue rather than a catering hall like Crest Hollow? If your wedding is in the spring or early summer, an outdoor ceremony can be very pretty -- although if it ends up being indoors then the chuppah room (just one of the halls they use for the chuppah rather than a dedicated room) is not very special.
                Also, the Vanderbilt in Staten Island is pretty -- although I don't know how it survived Sandy last year.
                Finally, there were a couple of temples in Roslyn that were pretty -- can't remember their names though.

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                  Kallah2013 RE: flo220 Oct 17, 2013 06:49 AM

                  We'd prefer to get married in a synagogue. I'll take a look at Crest Hollow and Vanderbilt.

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              absmiller RE: Kallah2013 Oct 17, 2013 03:49 PM

              I'm not sure about the price they charge, but Great Neck Synagogue has a lovely sanctuary. It is also quite large, but the room is sort of rounded, so I think it will be less obvious if the seats are not full.

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                tractarian RE: Kallah2013 Oct 17, 2013 03:55 PM

                How frum are you guys? Do you need glatt?

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                  Kallah2013 RE: tractarian Oct 18, 2013 06:27 AM

                  Yes, we will be needing Glatt Kosher.

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                  EmpireState RE: Kallah2013 Oct 18, 2013 07:23 AM

                  One more recommendation (although again, I haven't seen the sanctuary- attended a Bat Mitzvah there) is Bnai Shalom in Rockville Centre (catered by New Star).
                  As far as Crest Hollow, I have attended both indoor and outdoor weddings there. The outdoor one was beautiful. The indoor one not so much. They had planned it to be outdoors but the weather was terrible that day.

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                    Expenseacctfoodsnob RE: Kallah2013 Oct 28, 2013 05:40 PM

                    Does it have to be a synagogue? My sister got married at Colbeh in Great Neck (they cater the Little Neck Synagogue) and it was SUPER well priced with open bar, etc. They totally hooked her up. Only draw back? The ceilings are a bit low and the dance floor a bit small, but other than that very affordable wedding. Maybe Little Neck Jewish Center with them catering could be an option.

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                      janetldd RE: Kallah2013 Oct 28, 2013 07:25 PM

                      I would look into Congregation Brothers of Israel at the jersey shore. We are very convenient,modern and newly renovated.
                      Look at brothersisrael.org and call the synagogue

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                        ahuva RE: Kallah2013 Oct 28, 2013 08:13 PM

                        Try LIncoln Square Synagogue -

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