April 11, 2011

More Stadiums Go Kosher But in Minnesota Not all are Welcome

Minneapolis, Minn…Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, became the latest sports stadium to offer kosher but Orthodox Jewish fans are fuming. Unlike most other stadiums where the kosher certification is by a recognized kashrus organization that subscribes to Orthodox Jewish standards, Target Field’s kosher program is supervised by Rabbi Avi Olitzky of the Conservative Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park and the director of supervision for MSP Kosher, which provides free kosher assistance to Twin Cities establishments, but is not accepted by Orthodox Jews. For example, the kosher fare to be served at Target Field is not glatt kosher; Hebrew National kosher hotdogs will be served. With the baseball season underway, the choice by the Twins is raising eyebrows because, as one fan put it, “you’d think that they’d want every fan to be able to eat in their house.” The Twins, he said, “just don’t get it.” To the chagrin of the Orthodox fan who contacted Kosher Today, the rabbi said that "if this goes well, we'll go forward" and pursue kosher offerings at other major sports venues in the Twin Cities.