The YINR Simcha Committee and Board of
Trustees look forward to sharing in your simcha and ensuring your event runs
smoothly. Please carefully read through
the Simcha Guidelines so that you understand what is required to reserve the date
of your simcha, as well as obtain important information required for your
Only YINR shul members in good standing
are permitted to book an event by submitting the necessary forms and fees (see
below). Please contact our Executive Director with any questions regarding
these forms or guidelines.
1. A Simcha Reservation Form,
together with a $350 reservation fee, must be submitted to reserve a date for a
simcha. Reservation Forms will be accepted no more than two years
prior to the event. The registration fee will be credited toward rental of the
shul facilities for the simcha.
Smachot will only be placed on the shul calendar once the Simcha
Registration Form has been submitted and a signed confirmation has been
received by the ba’al simcha. IF YOU DO
NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION OF YOUR SIMCHA DATE WITHIN TWO WEEKS AFTER YOU
SUBMITTED THE FORM, PLEASE CONTACT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
A reserved date may be cancelled 1 year prior to event date with
full refund of reservation fee.
2. A Facility Rental Form must
be submitted no less than three months prior to your simcha in order to inform
the shul office of your choice of caterer, exactly which rooms are required and
other details about your simcha.
II. PRIORITY OF DATE:
1. There is a 30-day "window" in which to submit a
Simcha Reservation Form. For example, for a Bar Mitzvah scheduled for September
1, 2017, one could submit a form between September 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015.
Any Reservation Forms received by the shul office during this 30-day time
period will be given equal priority for that date.
2. If a family does not
submit a Simcha Reservation Form within the 30-day "window" for a
date that has already been reserved, it will not be given equal priority status
for that date.
3. If two or more families submit Reservations Forms during
the 30-day "window" for the same date, the Simcha Committee will
apprise the families involved and facilitate a resolution to the best of its
4. If two families have agreed to share a date for a simcha
and only one family is celebrating a simcha of a first degree relative, then that family
has precedence over choice of caterer and location of simcha.
1. Only one caterer will be allowed to cater
in the shul over the course of a weekend. A weekend consists of the time period
from Friday evening through Saturday night. All families having events in the
shul on the same Shabbat must use the same caterer. The family
who reserved the date first has the right to choose the caterer. In the event
the two smachot have equal priority (see # 1 above) and the families cannot
agree on the same caterer, the Simcha Committee will facilitate a resolution to
the best of its ability. Any simcha occurring on a Sunday morning need not use
the caterer who catered over the prior weekend.
2. Only one caterer will be allowed to cater in the shul
during any given day.
3. Caterers must call the Executive Director to arrange for
any deliveries to the shul prior to the event. All Friday deliveries must be at
the shul by 1 PM.
4. A mashgiach must be hired for all catered events. As
a rule, the caterer will engage a mashgiach for a full-service catered
5. Any caterer that is hired must be approved by Rabbi Fink.
IV. DROP OFF EVENTS
1. All food for a drop off event must come pre-plattered and
ready to be placed on the tables. No food preparation will be allowed
without supervision of a mashgiach.
2. For any drop off event that requires use of the kitchen
(heating up of the food or other food preparation), our shul mashgiach
must be hired at the expense of the member.
3. For all deliveries, arrangements must be made in advance with
the shul office. All Friday deliveries
must be at the shul by 1 PM.
1. Absolutely no decorations of any kind can be adhered to
any walls, windows or doors using tape, glue or staples. In addition, nothing
can be hung from the ceilings which can cause potential damage. Please make
sure the vendors you have chosen are aware of these parameters as you will be
charged for any necessary repairs to the facility.
2. Delivery of flowers must be coordinated with and approved
by the Executive Director. All Friday delivery of flowers must be at the shul
by 1 PM.
VI. VALET PARKING
1. If you plan to have more than 90 adults (approximately 45
families) at a simcha when driving is possible, a valet service must be hired
to park guest cars in the underground parking garage and on the street. Please
consult shul office for names of valet services.
1. When applicable, you must be in touch with the YINR
Gabbaim regarding your honors/Aliyot.
2. On Shabbat Shuva and Shabbat Hagadol, it is traditional
that the Rabbi has the Maftir Aliya in the main shul. The Executive Board will
decide whether a simcha will be permitted to take place in the Social Hall on
1. No food or drinks are allowed in the Main Sanctuary or
Beit Midrash at any time.
2. Candy bags are not allowed to be thrown
in the shul for any occasion.
IX. LOBBY USE
1. When the lobby will be used for food service, the caterer
and host must strictly adhere to the following rules:
to the Main Sanctuary and Beit Midrash must be locked while food is being
served in the lobby.
chairs will be removed from lobby.
will be no hot food stations permitted in the main lobby. Only finger
foods, or toothpicked foods may be passed around by waiters.
is responsible to regularly inspect lobby and main stairway for spills or
the Main Sanctuary will be utilized for a program, food and beverage
service will cease ten minutes prior to program. Doors to the Main
Sanctuary will be unlocked only after caterer has a least one person
positioned at each sanctuary entrance (2-4 people max) with trays to collect
glasses and any additional garbage.
1. Party planners MUST contact the shul office for guidelines
prior to commencement of event planning.
2. Each vendor must supply YINR with a Certificate of Insurance to cover Liability Insurance and Workmen's Compensation. YINR must be included as "an additional insured" on the liability portion of the certificate with respect to the event date. It is the member's responsibility to obtain such certificates and have them emailed or faxed to the Executive Director at least two weeks prior to the event date.
3. Any vendors (including photographers/videographers who
will be taking pictures in the sanctuary) who will be present in the shul
during the simcha should be asked to dress appropriately.
4. Vendor employees cannot
park their vehicles in the YINR driveway or garage.
5. For events taking place on Saturday nights caterers and vendors
may not park in the shul driveway or enter the shul until 15 minutes after the
end of Shabbat.
6. Each Shabbat, the regular weekly Kiddush following the
main minyan must take place in no less than 2/3 of the Social Hall, even if a
private simcha follows.
7. Each Shabbat, the regular weekly Kiddush following the
Hashkamah minyan must take place following davening, even if a private simcha
8. Tables for children and a few tables and seating for
adults must be set up at every Kiddush.
9. All public kiddushes must be "nut free".
10. Room rental fees cover the use of the room(s), kitchen
facilities, coatrooms, rest rooms, and parking lot. A YINR maintenance employee
will be present in the building throughout the set up, rental period, and clean
up, but is not available or responsible for any set up, food service (including
warming, set up and clean up), or related jobs before or during the event.
11. YINR retains no responsibility or liability for
items brought onto the property, or for any items not removed at the conclusion
of the event. Items cannot be removed from the shul on Shabbat. All
items (including flower arrangements and center pieces) must be
removed at the end of the simcha, unless prior arrangements are made with the
Executive Director. There will a $250 surcharge for disposal of any
items left in the shul after 48 hours.
12. When tables and chairs are ordered privately, they
need to be stored in the garage and it is the responsibility of the ba’al
simcha/caterer to bring them to the Social Hall for the event.
13. The City of New Rochelle requires a building permit for
erecting tents. These permits must be applied for at least 30 days prior
to the event.
Failure to comply with the Simcha Guidelines will result in refusal
to allow caterer/party planner to return to YINR. The host will be charged
with any damage sustained to the facility as a result of failure to comply with
XI. RENTAL FEES
All rental fees must be paid at least 2 weeks prior to event.
Social Hall (Includes Atrium)
Half Social Hall (100 people or less)
MP 1 (Upper Level)
MP 2 (Upper Level)
MP 3-4 (Upper Level)
MP 5-6 (Lower Level)
Terrace/Tent fee (does not include tent rental)
Audio-visual equipment rental and set up fee
Rates can be adjusted as follows:
renting more than one room on the same day, for the same event, halve the
cost of the lower priced room (i.e. Social Hall and MP1 will be $2,000
($1600 + ½ of $800). Any two smachot occurring within a 24 hour
period over Shabbat – beginning at the start of Shabbat on Friday evening
though the end of Shabbat on Saturday night – would be entitled to a
cost to rent the Social Hall for a Bris is $800 (Weekday) and $1,000
Lobby and terrace/tent fees are not eligible for the second room
- Room rental rates are for a maximum of five hours. Room
use beyond five hours is charged as follows:
1/2 Social Hall