Supply fears as Birmingham butcher shuts

By Simon Rocker, July 29, 2013

The closure of Birmingham’s sole kosher butcher has left a number of regional communities scrambling to find new supplies of meat and other supervised goods.

Gees — which ceased trading earlier this month after more than 45 years in the business — also delivered meat, challahs and other kosher products to Nottingham, Leicester, Cardiff and Oxford.


Kosher smartphone

July 25, 2013

The world’s first kosher smartphone is being developed.

Nativ, an Israeli internet filtering company, is working to produce a kosher Android platform which can be used on LG’s L7 II smartphone.

Certain calls and social network sites will be disabled on the device, which will get its kosher character from software alterations. Users will, however, be able to obtain approved apps.


It’s bad news for snack fans again

By Anna Sheinman, July 18, 2013

First it was Walkers salt and vinegar crisps — now the popular rice-cake product, Snack- a-Jacks, has been struck off the list of kosher approved foods, because multinational food company Pepsi-Co has failed to provide the London Beth Din with simple technical information.


Fears for kosher kids raised over school lunch plan

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Concerns over the provision of kosher lunches for school pupils have been dismissed by the Department for Education.

The Board of Deputies said Jewish pupils at schools without kosher catering must be allowed to continue to take packed lunches.


Slippery slope? Lube goes kosher

By Nathan Jeffay, July 18, 2013

Never before have adult shops stocked a product with a hechsher. But now, for the first time, sexual lubricants are available with rabbinic supervision.

The American-made Wet range of sexual lubricants - available in some adult shops in the UK - now has eight lines that have been certified kosher by the Rabbinical Council of California.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.