Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kosher Food but Were Afraid to Ask

Kosher food

Here’s your chance to explore kashrut at Dickinson and beyond

by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson

What is kosher food, anyway? How often does the rabbi bless the food? Is a bison burger kosher? Why might I be interested in kosher food, and how can I try it at Dickinson?

Rabbi Marley Weiner, director of Dickinson’s Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, has heard all of these questions and more. Lucky for us, she’s happy to spill the beans.

Over the course of two lunchtime events, Weiner will answer your burning questions (no food pun intended!) about kosher food, on campus and beyond. All students who are curious about kashrut, the practice of eating kosher, are invited to attend. A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Both events will take place in the Asbell Center, from noon to 1 p.m., on consecutive Thursdays:

  • Thursday, Sept. 12: In “What is Kosher, and Why Should I Care?” students will learn the basics and take a fun and informative look at the meaning of kashrut through history.
  • Thursday, Sept. 19: “Kosher at Dickinson” takes a peek behind the scenes in the Asbell Center kitchen so students can learn what it means to prepare kosher food for the campus community.

"Students of all religious backgrounds and of all dietary practices are welcome," says Weiner. "If you’re curious about Judaism, keeping kosher, or just really love the KOVE, we’d love to have you!"


Published September 10, 2019