KOSHER

Kosher means fit to consume under Jewish dietary laws based on the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). Many foods require kashrut supervision to ensure that both the ingredients and preparation enable them to be consumed by an observant Jewish person.

Kosher animals are only those which have a divided hoof and chew the cud. Kosher fish are only those with both fins and scales. Ham, pork and shellfish are not consumed. Meat and milk are not mixed or prepared or eaten together, meaning that separate utensils are used for meat and milk meals, both to prepare them and eat them. A kosher kitchen usually has two separate sinks for the dishes. Hard cheeses prepared using animal rennet are not consumed; kosher hard cheeses are made using vegetable rennet. Fruit and vegetables are checked carefully for insects and no food derived from insects is consumed; this includes food colourings carmine and cochineal which are derived from insects and widely used to color confectionary and soft drinks. In short, kosher food is wholesome for body and soul.

There is no kosher caterer, kosher restaurant or kosher-supervised bakery in South Australia but mountain breads are available with a hechsher symbol and matza can be used by travellers if needed.

The congregation has to freight in kosher goods from Melbourne's kosher suppliers for our own needs in the Jewish community. The meat is from Melbourne Kosher Butchers and meets the highest standard of kashrut.

General public supplies: Kosher food is popular and local supermarkets provide supplies for visitors at extended hours. A wide variety of kosher food including frozen kosher meat and vegetarian products are available at Coles (Burnside branch) supermarket located in the Burnside Shopping Centre. Some shelf goods such as grape juice, crackers, pickles and sweets, and sometimes candles are in aisle 5. Continental Kosher Meat and chicken are in a freezer near the frozen vegetables. Yumi's products such as dips and falafel are available in the dairy section there and at many Adelaide supermarkets. Many brands of smoked salmon have a kashrut symbol showing they are certified.

KOSHER FOR PASSOVER goods such as matza have arrived at Coles Burnside at the end of aisle 5 in a special display.

Kosher goods are widely available; just look for the Kosher Australia symbol, a map of Australia with a K in the middle. For more information visit the Kosher Australia website https://www.kosher.org.au/ Our office regularly advises Adelaide businesses how to prepare a simple meal or snack for kosher business guests using disposable plates/cutlery/cups and kosher products or washed fresh whole fruit or small vegetables left whole for the guest. Adelaide receives many kosher business visitors from Israel, interstate and overseas and the gesture is welcomed.

Adelaide Convention Centre stores frozen kosher meals from Melbourne kosher suppliers for conferences and is able to supply to hotels if given adequate notice.

For books and religious items we recommend Golds World of Judaica in Melbourne http://www.golds.com.au/