November 2, 2022

Local Community Programs Promote Kosher Across the Nation

Houston…The Houston Kashruth Association is sponsoring a Kosher Essay Contest for students. It is one of many initiatives across the country to promote kashrus by kosher certification agencies, Federations, and community councils. Topics for the essay contest can include how keeping kosher has impacted their lives, why keeping kosher is meaningful, and even what keeping kosher will look like in 2075. One winner from each category will be selected and receive a gift card to an HKA-certified kosher restaurant of their choice. Winners will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win either a Hoverboard or a Circuit Joy Machine. The raffle drawing was to  be held Nov. 2 at the HKA Food & Wine Extravaganza.

In Atlanta, the Kosher Barbecue Festival returns to Dunwoody for its 10-year anniversary.” As we head into the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival’s 10th-anniversary celebration, we are ecstatic to be back in person again,” said Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival Executive Director Jody Pollack. “We are expecting our largest crowd to date and can’t wait to see our community come together for the love of BBQ.” The festival is run by the Jewish men’s organization the Hebrew Order of David International and will host over 20 teams with an expected attendance of over 4000. The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is holding its second annual Glatt Kosher Food Expo at Englewood’s Congregation Ahavath Torah. Federation plans to introduce its work to more people in the Orthodox community, while also highlighting local kosher establishments and adding to the variety of Jewish events in Bergen County. Over a dozen restaurants, caterers and beverage suppliers will provide a smorgasbord of the best in kosher cooking. This year’s Expo, which is co-sponsored by The Jewish Link, will take place on November 7th and promises to be bigger, better and definitely warmer

There is also a kosher celebration at Princeton, one of a few schools in the country to open a University-sponsored kosher kitchen on campus in 1971. The kosher dining hall is supervised by the Orthodox Union and is part of Campus Dining meaning that anyone with a Princeton meal plan can eat there. It serves 20 meals per week during the academic year -- breakfast, lunch and dinner — to hundreds of students. The establishment of Princeton’s first kosher dining hall in 1971 exemplified the growth of and increased support for Jewish students on campus. “I was a member of Stevenson Hall during my entire time at Princeton, from 1981 to 1985,” Class of 1985 graduate Joshua Rawson recalled. “The fact that Princeton had opened a University-owned kosher dining facility, integrated within the overall dining system spoke volumes to me about the University’s commitment to kosher and traditional Jewish students.”