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Business Meeting and Kosher Food

Business Meeting and Kosher Food

Question:
I’m attending a conference later this month where kosher food will be provided for me and my coworkers. The following is from an email that the hosts sent me:

We are setting up tables with stationary hors d’oeuvres and there will be waiter passed hors d’oeuvres as well. I’d like to set up something separate for the kosher food and I’m not sure what is appropriate. Since the reception will be in our offices, I can either have a kosher table setup in someone’s office located where the reception is, or setup a table with a small sign that says kosher near the other tables,  but there is high likelihood that others will eat from that table as well. Please let me know what you think is most appropriate in this situation.”

What is the halacha in this situation?

Answer:

The kosher food should be on a separate table and easily discernible  from the non kosher food. The kosher food does not have to be put in a separate room. If non Jews are ordering the food and setting it up, there would be some concern of leaving the food in their hands unsupervised. If possible the wrapping should be left on until someone could come see them be opened.

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