Kosher

Bakery targets lunchers

By Jay Grenby, February 17, 2011

Responding to local demand, a Hatch End bakery which became kosher licensed late last year has this week added a sit-down lunch menu.

Dubliner Michael Feldman opened Bakers Cottage a year ago as an organic food operation. Although it did not do as well as he had hoped, he quickly came to appreciate that with a kosher butcher nearby, a kosher baker would be popular among the growing Hatch End community, plus Jews from neighbouring Pinner, Northwood and Ruislip.

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EasyJet's kosher flight meal - bacon

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

Trainee Accountant Victor Kaufman couldn't believe his ears when he settled into his seat for a budget flight from Israel.

For shortly after take-off, the crew announced they were about to begin serving food - which included bacon baguettes and ham melts.

"It was a little insensitive," he said. "I think they need a lesson or two on cultural awareness if they expand their routes into the Middle East."

Mr Kaufman, 25, from East Finchley was on an easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to Luton last weekend.

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Kosher haggis supplier burns with enthusiasm

By Stephanie Brickman, January 20, 2011

To communities north of the border, Burns Night is when we are not just common-or-garden Jews - we're Scottish Jews.

On January 25, haggis will be ceremonially "piped in" to celebrations of the life and works of the national bard in homes and synagogue halls - and a poem, Ode to a Haggis, recited in mock solemnity.

But no self-respecting Burns Night party would be complete without a haggis lovingly prepared by Doreen Cohen, who is marking 25 years as the world's only kosher haggis purveyor.

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Palestinian firm seeks kosher food stamp

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2011

A tahini manufacturer has become the first Palestinian company in history to apply for a kosher food license.

The Nablus-based Alul Company want to be able sell their products, including the sweet halva, to Israeli chains.

The chief rabbinate said they expected to accept the request, as long as issues of supervision, to ensure nothing was made on Shabbat or with non-kosher ingredients, could be resolved.

The company previously had a license in the 1980s, but lost it when control of Nablus went to the Palestinian Authority.

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Liverpool loses council cash for meals-on-wheels

January 14, 2011

Merseyside Jewish Community Care is to lose a £20,000 local authority grant towards its provision of kosher meals to the frail and sick.

Liverpool City Council has supported the Kosher Meals and Activities Service for more than 20 years. It provides 7,000 kosher meals annually to elderly people with poor health or low income and those with mental and physical disabilities.

But a change in the grant criteria has removed support for charities with more than 12 months' running costs in unrestricted reserves, making MJCC no longer eligible.

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You Can Do It kosher

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2010

DIY giant B&Q has opened its first kosher kitchen showroom in a bid to entice Jewish customers.

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No alcohol sold in this Kingdom

By Robyn Rosen, December 22, 2010

Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green has been unable to sell alcohol for more than a week after it was revealed its alcohol licence had lapsed.

The supermarket, on Golders Green Road, was granted a premises licence in 2005 which authorised the sale of alcohol.

But last week a sign appeared telling customers that alcohol was temporarily not for sale.

A Barnet council spokesman said: "A recent review of businesses in the borough has highlighted that the premises does not currently hold a valid licence.

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'Kosher' gym takes off in Paris

By Michel Zlotowski, December 22, 2010

Finally, paris has what communities in many European cities have long yearned for: a place where the observant can keep fit and keep modest at the same time.

Kosher Gym, located in the heart of Paris's northern Jewish community in the 19th arrondissement, offers the facilities of "regular" gyms - including showers and locker rooms - but, as its creator, David Cohen, says: "There is no problem of tzniut because no male is around when women are in the gym."

Mr Cohen, who spent a year in a yeshivah near Paris learning Torah and playing football, loves to work out in his spare time.

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Richard Herman takes a byte out of a kosher Apple

By Katie Taylor, December 16, 2010

Kosher has gone digital with the new Kosher nosh guide app for the iPhone.

Designed by Richard Herman, director of graphic design company, Arta Creative Solutions, the app will provide up-to-date information on what is and isn't kosher. Mr Herman tells People: "As a big Apple fan I approached the Beth Din with this idea. I used to produce the paper version of the kosher nosh guide, so I knew we would work well together."

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Kosher meat labels rejected by EU

By Robyn Rosen and Michel Zlotowski, December 9, 2010

The campaign to save shechitah in Europe has passed another hurdle after European ministers rejected controversial labelling plans.

The Council of Ministers approved a draft of new food information regulation on Tuesday.

The draft did not include Amendment 205, which called for all meat products derived from animals slaughtered by shechitah to be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

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