Kosher

Prisoner’s suicide over kosher food

By Anna Sheinman, July 11, 2013

A convicted murderer has taken his own life in prison following a dispute with prison authorities over his demand for kosher meals that were also gluten free.

Simon Benson, 58, who was convicted of stabbing a man to death in 2003, had been on hunger strike at Maidstone Prison, and had not eaten a meal for a month before hanging himself in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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JW3: bringing the best of Jewish food to NW3

By Victoria Prever, July 4, 2013

Jewish diners are notoriously hard to please. So, one of the greatest challenges facing the trustees behind the JW3 community centre in relation to their new building was the catering.

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Butcher shop is gutted by fire

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2013

The head of a family-run kosher butcher in north Manchester has vowed to rebuild the business after his shop was gutted by fire on Friday night.

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Israel rules on boureka shapes

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Israeli regulators have been focusing on one of the country’s most protected delicacies – the boureka.

The pastry – often stuffed with cheese, potato, spinach or mushroom – must now comply with strict shape and filling directions stipulated by the Israeli Rabbinate's kashrut regulators.

The so-called “bourekas revolution” was implemented on Tuesday.

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Chocoholics spoilt for choice

By Anna Sheinman, June 6, 2013

Now Ambassadors can really spoil us with even more chocolates. This week the London Beth Din announced that a whole host of Ferrero chocolates are now approved kosher dairy.

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I’m a kosher burrito, says new mixed-race LA mayor

By Tom Tugend, May 30, 2013

Eric Garcetti, the first Jewish mayor elected by Los Angeles voters, jokingly refers to himself as a “kosher burrito”, the latter word referring to a popular Mexican dish.

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Competition at last

May 9, 2013

The opening of a new kosher butcher in Golders Green might seem of parochial interest only. But it is far more than that. It offers the possibility of a revolution in kosher shopping. For too long, the meat trade has been able to use the cost of kosher supervision as an excuse for ripping off shoppers. Plainly, kosher meat is going to be more expensive than treif.

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Shoppers win as new kosher butcher opens

By Anna Sheinman, May 9, 2013

A new kosher butcher has arrived in north London, and while shoppers may be smiling, not everyone is happy.

Shefa Mehadrin was until last week a Manchester-based butcher licensed by Manchester Beth Din.

Now it has opened a branch in Golders Green, just yards from established kosher stores, including glatt kosher butchers Menachems and Gross.

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Do some work, make friends, and don’t worry

By Jordan Jacobs, May 2, 2013

University life is chaotic, challenging, and eye-opening.

With the exam season approaching there has been a shift to revision. Long nights beckon, but this time they will largely be in my room, and sober. I do not want £9,000 in tuition fees to go to waste.

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Heather Mills's pork-style sausage rolls used kosher label without consent

By Anna Sheinman, April 18, 2013

A vegetarian food company owned by Heather Mills has been using the Manchester Beth Din kosher hechsher without consent on its pork-style sausage rolls.

The misuse emerged when the pork-flavoured snacks made by Redwood were photographed on sale in a Holland and Barrett store in Manchester with the MK symbol on their packaging.

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