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Kashrut at Mekor Shalom

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A Very Condensed Guide to Kashrut (Keeping Kosher) at Congregation Mekor Shalom

For additional information, please contact Hazzan Sered-Lever

 

 

 

 

Mekor Shalom adheres to strict standards of kashrut.  

Keeping kosher requires consistent practices. While everyone has good intentions, having clearly outlined policies for everyone to follow helps to maintain Mekor Shalom's observance of the dietary laws.

 

A Few Morsels to Remember About Kashrut at Mekor Shalom:

 

• Every item that comes into the kitchen must have a reliable and accepted kosher symbol (also known as a hekhsher).  Every item that comes into the kitchen must be checked in to verify that it is kosher.

• Please be advised that a plain K is not considered a reliable kosher symbol at Mekor Shalom.  The one exception is Kellogg's products that are clearly marked with a K or KD.  They are acceptable because there is verifiable supervision.  

• Only food prepared in a kitchen under reliable and accepted supervision, and clearly marked as such, may be brought in to the Mekor Shalom kitchen.  

This means that even if your great-aunt Tillie keeps kosher, she can't bake or cook at home and then bring the food in. She may, however, make arrangements to come in to the shul to prepare food.

• All donations of housewares must be new and unused.

 

Making Sure It's Delicious and Kosher: Which hekhsherim (kosher symbols) are welcome at Mekor Shalom?

• Mekor Shalom is pleased to share the Chicago Rabbinical Council's regularly updated list of kosher symbols that they recommend.  All hekhsherim on their list are good for use at Mekor Shalom.  

This really long list is not an exhaustive one.  If you have questions about a particular kosher symbol that is not on the list, please be in touch.

 

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