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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tesco tart bacon-bound

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A Jewish woman from Manchester felt “cheesed off” after discovering her Tesco lunch was laden with bacon.


Food standards officials ask for kosher advice after horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

Food standards officials have asked the Jewish community for advice on food chain transparency and safety, following the horsemeat scandal.

A meeting between community leaders and government food experts had been intended as a way of informing Anglo-Jewry about the fallout from the horse meat fiasco.


Quinoa ban for Pesach goes against the grain

By Simon Rocker, March 14, 2013

It was the grain that was thought to beat the Pesach ban.

Quinoa, the South American cereal-like substance that has become fashionable in health food shops, seemed to be the answer to those looking for an acceptable alternative to chametz.

But many rabbinic authorities remain reluctant to give it the all-clear for the festival.


Matzah on the menu at King David for Obama in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 12, 2013

He is one of the most powerful people in the world, but even Barack Obama is unlikely to be able to circumvent Pesach food restrictions when he visits Israel next week.

The US president is due to arrive in the Jewish state on Wednesday March 20, just a few days before the start of Passover.


Don’t worry, latkes will be back in April

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Kosher latke lovers have avoided further catastrophe after it was revealed that the disappearance of the frozen mini potato products from Tesco stores is only temporary.

The London Beth Din-supervised kosher mini-latkes are thought to be the only mass-produced version of the fried treat still on sale in this country.