MoD plan kosher food for Army to march on

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2010

A new range of kosher ration packs for Jewish troops serving in the armed forces will be part of a multi-million pound deal sealed by the Ministry of Defence.

The rations will include kosher meat meals and will be available to those serving in all three branches of the military in Afghanistan and other locations worldwide.

Many of the products are specially designed to make them easier to carry and boost energy levels while troops are on patrol.


Now Blackpool koshers its rock

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 18, 2010

The world's first fully kosher Blackpool Rock factory has begun runs of confectionery and is to supply supermarkets within a week.

Coronation Rock, one of the oldest rock producers, which supplies confectionery to Harrods, the London Eye and Alton Towers, was granted a full factory kashrut licence by the Manchester Beth Din two weeks ago. The company can make up to 20,000 sticks of rock a day in over 2,000 flavours and has already begun supplying Jewish novelty lollies to kosher shops.


Animal lobby v the Jews: shechitah 'test case'

By Dan Goldberg, November 18, 2010

The "test case" against New Zealand's ban on the kosher slaughter of animals will be heard in the High Court in Wellington later this month.

New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman told the JC on Wednesday that the case, which was not expected to be heard until next year, will be closely watched around the Jewish world when it opens on November 29.


Prison kosher food ban ruled unlawful

By Jennifer Lipman, November 5, 2010

Jewish prisoners in an Indiana jail could soon be enjoying kosher meals after a judge ruled that only offering a vegan option was against the law.

Matson Willis, an Orthodox Jewish inmate at the state’s Miami Correctional Facility sued the prison last year when kosher meals were scrapped in a bid to cut costs.

But federal judge Jane Magnus-Stinson said the change was a breach of religious rights. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, more than 90 prisoners were affected by the menu change.


Shechita UK meat labelling 'breakthrough'

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2010

Shechita UK has welcomed a major breakthrough in its campaign to fight European food labelling proposals which it says could stop kosher meat production in the UK through discriminatory laws.

During a lobbying effort in Brussels this week, the group received assurances that the European Commission intends to reject amendment 205 to proposed food legislation as "unacceptable".

The amendment would force food companies which use kosher meat by-products to be singled out for special labels which imply their products are less kind to animals.


More kosher bread

By Katie Taylor, October 21, 2010

Challah and sliced rye bread from Buckingham Boulangerie which is sold in Waitrose stores have been certified as kosher by the London Beth Din Kashrut Division.

"This is great news for kosher consumers," said kashrut director Rabbi Jeremy Conway.

Buckingham Boulangerie owner Robert Simon claimed: "We now have the largest distribution of kosher bread in the country with it being stocked in 200 stores. The quality is very high, with no additives or colours."

A Waitrose representative said its kosher provision was "an important section", responding to customer demand.


Talking shop excites Croydon community

By Katie Taylor, October 21, 2010

A new food shop in Croydon will give south London Jews easier access to kosher goods.

Operating from Croydon Federation Synagogue's kiddush hall from the beginning of next month, it will sell a range of kosher food and wine, as well as candles for Shabbat and yahrzeit, siddurim, tzizit and kipot.

"It has never been very easy to get hold of these kosher items in this area," said synagogue minister David Gilinksy.


How hospital's kosher diet saved 'starving' Catholic

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2010

A catholic patient at a Leeds hospital who lost weight eating the "cold and unappetising" food they gave her, found a cure she didn't expect - when she went kosher.

Glynis Hallas, of Whitkirk in West Leeds, complained about the food and was advised by a dietician at St James's University Hospital to try something new after convincing her it was of a better standard.

Mrs Hallas, who has just completed a long-term stay in the hospital's Lincoln Wing, was one of a number of patients who complained that they were unable to subsist on standard hospital fare.


Shechitah scare over McDonald's meat

By Leon Simon and Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2010

Kosher consumers suffered a double blow this week when a major abattoir in Ireland closed its kosher facility and a second in the north of England temporarily suspended operations.

Rory Fanning, managing director of Slaney Foods, in County Wexford, which supplies the London Board for Shechita (LBS), said: "We have made the decision not to have religious slaughter."


Band Aid for jailed slaughter boss

By Paul Berger, October 14, 2010

The uplifting music video bears the hallmarks of a disaster relief campaign - an all-star lineup, soft focus shots of musicians in a recording studio, smiling adults and children holding hands.

But Unity, released last week, urges help not for a famine-ravaged people but for Sholom Rubashkin, the convicted former manager of Agriprocessors, once America's largest kosher slaughterhouse.

When 51-year-old Rubashkin was jailed this summer for a string of financial crimes, his 27-year sentence shocked many in the Orthodox and the non-Orthodox world.