Tag Archive for kosher

Madonna seeking private kosher chef

Megastar Madonna is seeking a personal cook with “private Household/Superyacht experience” and prefers someone with experience in cooking “healthy, simple and family style” food, instead of “fine-dining.”



Madonna is advertising for a private chef who has “confident knowledge of kosher cooking.”

The pop singer is offering a yearly salary of nearly $142,000 for the personal chef to prepare the kosher meals for her and her six children and be willing to travel, the Evening Standard reported.

Hey, I’m a Kosher cook! – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Madonna, 60, has residences in London, Lisbon and New York.

The advertisement, which the newspaper identifies as being placed by Madonna, is seeking someone with “private Household/Superyacht experience” and has experience in cooking “healthy, simple and family style” food instead of “fine-dining.” Continue Reading »

Kosher Cookie Company Goes to Court Over Sabotage

Oreo, a copycat of Hydrox, the first sandwich cookie sold in 1908 and also a kosher sandwich cookie, is accusing Oreo of sabotage by seeking a governmental decision.



They’re two delicious chocolate circles and a creme filling. They’re regular, double-stuff, vanilla, birthday cake and pumpkin spice (really). There is debate on how they should be eaten, but everyone knows they’re best when dunked in milk.

What you might not know is that Oreos are just a copycat of Hydrox, a sandwich cookie first sold in 1908, four years before the first Oreos appeared on shelves. Even though (or maybe because?) Continue Reading »

100 Scottish inmates ‘convert’ to Judaism because the food is better


Unable to question their veracity, Glenochil Prison official says over a 100 inmates have declared to have converted to Judaism so they can receive kosher meals, thinking it is “nicer.”

By Erez Linn and the News Agencies


A prison in Scotland has seen a record number of inmates declare they have “converted” to Judaism, just so they could request kosher meals, local media reported.

Scottish inmates declared to have converted to Judaism to receive “nicer” kosher meals [Illustrative] – Photo: Reuters

According to the officials in Glenochil Prison in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, more than 100 inmates have signed up to receive kosher meals, despite the fact that between 2013 and 2014, only nine Jewish individuals were incarcerated in Scottish jails. Continue Reading »

Belgian Animal Welfare Minister Calls For Complete Ban on Ritual Slaughter


Belgian cabinet minister Ben Weyts, once again calls for ban on Shechita in the country.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Belgian cabinet minister and animal welfare minister Ben Weyts on Tuesday called for a complete ban on the ritual slaughter of animals.

Ben Weyts – Photo: Reuters

The decision will have a huge impact on the Muslim and Orthodox Jewish communities, for whom shechita (ritual slaughter) is an integral component of religious life.

Weyts, who is a member of the ruling center-right party New Flemish Alliance, cited resistance by Muslims to a compromise on ritual slaughter of animals: “Organizations within the Muslim community are just not open to any sort of compromise,” he said. Continue Reading »

Israeli bioengineers developing 1st lab-grown chicken

By i24news


Israeli researchers are in the process of developing the first ever lab-grown chicken, just a few short years after the first lab-grown hamburger was debuted.

Chicken – Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP

The research is being funded by the Modern Agricultural Foundation, a non-profit “working to promote research in the field of cultured meat.”

The foundation’s co-founder, Shir Friedman says she hopes that by the end of 2015, there will be a recipe for how to “culture chicken cells.”


“In the not so distant future we will look back at how we used to raise cows and chickens and put so much effort into getting a small piece of meat,” said Friedman. Continue Reading »

Poland’s Constitutional Court overturns ban on kosher slaughter


Constitutional court’s decision in favor of an EJA-led petition against the ban, that would have been implemented in 2015, came just in time.

European Jewish Association director: ‘This is an important day for all European Jews.’


Poland’s constitutional court on Wednesday allowed the resumption of kosher slaughter in the country, ruling in favor of a petition to overturn a ban implemented last year.

Kosher slaughter will remain lawful in Poland. (Photo: EPA)

Kosher slaughter will remain lawful in Poland. – Photo: EPA

“Jewish communities all over Europe can sigh in relief,” said a statement by the European Jewish Association (EJA), which led the drive to reallow kosher slaughter in Poland. Continue Reading »

London supermarket empties shelves of kosher food amid fears of anti-Israel protests

A London Sainsbury’s supermarket removes its Kosher food-stuffs made in Britain & Poland, after pro-Palestinian protesters ransacked a Tesco store in Birmingham.

By Ynetnews


A supermarket chain branch in central London removed kosher food from its shelves on Saturday afternoon over fears it would be a target for the anti-Israel protesters who were demonstrating nearby, the Guardian reported on Sunday.

Empty kosher food shelves at Sainsbury's in Holbon (Photo: Colin Appleby on Twitter)

Empty kosher food shelves at Sainsbury’s in Holbon – Photo: Colin Appleby on Twitter

The kosher section in the Holborn Sainsbury’s store was emptied out after pro-Palestinian protesters ransacked a branch of competing supermarket chain Tesco in Birmingham on Saturday. Continue Reading »

American supermarket chain Winn-Dixie expands kosher section

What makes the Boca Winn-Dixie unique is the unusual volume & variety of its offerings, including specialty items from Israel and New York.

The kosher section at Winn-Dixie's Boca Raton store is larger than that of many kosher-only supermarkets. (Uriel Heilman)

The kosher section at Winn-Dixie’s Boca Raton store is larger than that of many kosher-only supermarkets. (Uriel Heilman)

Not so at the Winn-Dixie supermarket in this affluent South Florida suburb.

There’s a kosher bakery with fresh pizza and dairy and pareve desserts; a meat and deli counter with hot foods like chicken wings, potato kugel and meatballs; a refrigerated case with cold salads; pre-packaged Winn-Dixie-branded matzah balls, chicken soup and carrot “tzimmise,” and even a kosher sushi chef who makes rolls to order.

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Denmark Joins Poland, Holland & Switzerland in Kosher Slaughter Ban

Next week Denmark is to join the growing list of EU countries in banning kosher slaughter. 

By David Lev


Denmark on Thursday joined the growing list of European countries to ban kosher slaughter. The ban is to take effect next week, after Denmark’s Agriculture Minister signed the order Thursday.

The ban is largely symbolic, because there are currently no kosher slaughterhouses in Denmark. Nearly all meat for the country’s small Jewish community is imported. Despite this, the country’s 6,000 Jews inundated government offices with protests over the ban.

Speaking to reporters, Minister Dan Jørgensen said that “animal rights come before religious rights. Continue Reading »

More Jerusalem restaurants giving up Kosher certification


In Jerusalem the owner of Italian trattoria cites high costs and unneeded inconvenience as reasons for parting with Rabbinate’s Kosher certification. ‘There are plenty of people who trust me & my word more than the Rabbinate’s word that we’re kosher,’the owner claims.

By Linda Gradstein of The Media Line

For three years, Shai Ghini paid $500 per month for a kosher inspector to pop into his small Italian trattoria just off Jerusalem’s famous Mahane Yehuda market. He wanted to be able to call his restaurant, Topolino, kosher to attract Jerusalem’s religious clientele. Three years ago he gave up the certification and hasn’t looked back. Continue Reading »

US researcher: Kosher poultry less healthy


Researchers find, Kosher chicken has nearly double the frequency of antibiotic-resistant E. coli than non-kosher products, suggesting result ‘belies the historical roots of kosher as a means to ensure food safety.’

By Tali Farkash

The research’s abstract, published in the British F1000Research website, notes that while retail poultry products are known sources of antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli, kosher chicken had the highest frequency of antibiotic-resistant E. coli, nearly twice that of conventional products.Is kosher also healthy? Kosher chicken contains high concentrations of antibiotic-resistant strains of the E. coli bacteria, according to a new study conducted in the United States and published by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA). Continue Reading »

Charges filed against workers at Tnuva subsidiary slaughterhouse



Indictment for animal cruelty filed against manager of slaughterhouse line, his deputy and 2 contract employees for injury, abuse of animals, using stun guns, beatings  & violence at Tnuva’s Adom Adom slaughterhouse in Beit She’an. 

By Erez Erlichman

In December 2012, an undercover investigation by the expose television show Kolbotek used a hidden camera to capture instances of extreme violence against cows and sheep at the slaughterhouse of Adom Adom, owned by Tnuva Beef in Beit She’an.

Slaughterhouse (Illustration) (Photo: Reuters)

Slaughterhouse (Illustration) – Photo: Reuters

Monday, after a lengthy investigation by the enforcement branch and the fraud unit of the Northern District, the Agricultural Ministry and the Haifa District Attorney’s office filed serious charges against four slaughterhouse workers – the slaughter line manager, his deputy, and two contract workers. Continue Reading »

Jewish group says Vatican assisting in overturning Poland kosher slaughter ban

World Jewish Congress reports Pope is to host meeting to address Poland’s current ban on ritual animal slaughter.



The World Jewish Congress has said the Vatican is getting involved in a divisive issue in Poland over its ban on the ritual slaughter of animals, which has incensed Jews.

Pope Francis poses with a delegation of members of the World Jewish Congress.

Pope Francis poses with a delegation of members of the World Jewish Congress, including its President Ronald S.Lauder, fourth from right next to the pontiff, at the Vatican, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. – Photo: AP


The group said Monday that Pope Francis instructed the Vatican office in charge of relations with Jews to host a meeting next week to discuss the ban, which Jews consider a violation of their religious freedom. Continue Reading »

Polish Jews petition kosher slaughter ban in Constitutional Court

Slaughter without stunning first, was made illegal in Poland as of January 1st. About 80 Polish firms, mainly selling kosher & halal products, will participate in an independent lawsuit against the state.




Representatives of Poland’s Jewish communities have petitioned the Polish constitutional court to reverse a ban on kosher and halal slaughter methods.

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Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

A statement released Friday by the Union of Jewish Religious Communities said the petition concerned “a collision of two laws,” a reference to two laws passed in 1997, one permitting ritual slaughter and the other prohibiting it.

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Kosher cheeseburger produced in lab

The world’s first lab-grown burger, at a cost of $325,000, could one day offer new possibilities for the kosher palate.



When the world’s first lab-grown burger was introduced and taste-tested on Monday, the event seemed full of promise for environmentalists, animal lovers and vegetarians.

Another group that had good reason to be excited: kosher consumers.

Cheeseburger and French fries

The world’s first lab-grown burger could be parve and thus paired with dairy products. – Photo: Dreamstime

The burger was created by harvesting stem cells from a portion of cow shoulder muscle that were multiplied in petri dishes to form tiny strips of muscle fiber. Continue Reading »