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Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu

On Yom Kippur we gather together after our day of fasting and worship to share a meal, break the fast, and end the week-plus long prayer and introspection period that began on Rosh Hashanah. Since Yom Kippur is a fasting holiday and Jewish law states that cooking is prohibited until the end of the holiday, this poses certain challenges when you consider that Jews all over the world gather to break the fast together and naturally, this involves food.

So what’s a host or hostess to do? Well, this typically comes down to make-ahead meals that can be reheated or foods that can be easily put together at the last minute and/or served at room temperature. In addition, after 24-hours of fasting, the focus tends to be on lighter fare (although if you ask me, I’ve not really found that to be the case, but I know it’s supposed to be the goal). Then again, we are Jews and we like our foods, shall we say, a little on the richer side.

Below are our suggestions for a delicious buffet spread including foods that can be made ahead, reheated or quickly assembled. And let’s not forget: there’s no shame in picking up a few scrumptious items from our local Jewish bakeries a day or two before. We know that’s where the good stuff is anyway.

 

Buffet Recommendations:

Basket of Sliced Bagels

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Platter of Sliced Nova or other Smoked Salmon

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Sliced Onions and Tomatoes

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese and Plain Cream Cheese

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Chopped Pickled Herring

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Deviled Eggs

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Mom’s Baked Blintzes (make ahead and reheat)

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Phyllis’s Spinach Pie (make ahead and reheat)

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Strawberries

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Other Store Bought Items to Round Out Your Offerings:

Hummus and Sliced Pita

Whitefish Salad

Assortment of Sliced Cheeses

Decadent Desserts:

Charlotte’s Lemon Squares (make ahead)

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Aunt Sandy’s Mandel Bread (make ahead)

Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Ambrosia Fruit Salad (make ahead)Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

 

 

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Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
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