December 14, 2015

Kashrut

Brith Sholom maintains a kosher kitchen. All foods prepared, served and brought into the synagogue must be kosher. If you have any question about an item, you must check with Rabbi Singer, who has the final word on kashrut (all things kosher).

Kashrut is the body of Jewish law that deals with bringing sanctity to the mundane act of eating. The word “kosher” describes foods that meet these standards. The rules surrounding kashrut detail which foods may and may not be eaten and when. Kosher foods and ingredients may be identified by one of a group of symbols that certify the food as having been prepared according to the laws of kashrut.

Here in the Lehigh Valley, we have our own group, Lehigh Valley Kashrut Commission (LVKC) that provides local supervision.

Muhlenberg College’s dining hall runs a kosher kitchen (with two sections, dairy and fleishig). Several of the supermarkets in Allentown have kosher bakeries. These and a few other places are under LVKC supervision.

There are a number of caterers who are certified to cook or bring food into Brith Sholom. Kate McVey of Kate Cooks prepares Shabbat and holiday kiddushes for Brith Sholom. (610-653-6756 . )

A la Carte, the kosher branch of Boscov’s catering is a mainstay (Steve Bonner, 610-370-3718; )

For information on the Conservative Movement’s new kashrut standard, which includes ethical and social justice considerations, please go to Magen Tzedek or Hazon for sustainable kashrut.

For a list of recommended kashrut symbols, a list of foods that do not require kosher certification, lists of kosher additives, or kosher fish go to Kosher Quest and click on “Kosher Lists.”

If you are interested in which fish are kosher, go to Kashrut.Com and click on fish.

Blessings for various food items.