about that chicken

The Kosher Chicken Index

really….it does exist!

On Jan 8th, the Jewish Chronicle of London, England, published their research as The Kosher Chicken Index to spell out the cost of living a “full” Jewish life in London when compared to the alternative. Not too fond of that “full” part as it carries with it some sort of “shame on you” for Reform Jews.  But it is an interesting peek into London Jewish life.

For example, the Jewish Chronicle reports on the increased cost of a Jewish wedding compared to non-Jewish. But where is it written that Jewish weddings must cost an arm, a leg and your first born? Bring that cost down (how hard could that be?) and the Kosher Chicken Index becomes less of an issue.

And if you think the cost of kosher chicken is way too high I have one word for you…vegetarian! There are ways to bring down costs, and whether you choose to keep kosher or not, the recipes coming out of  Yotam Ottolenghi’s and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook will rock your world. Buy it at the Women of Rodef Sholom Gift Shop in the JCC…but you knew that!

Regardless of your take on kashrut, The Kosher Chicken Index does make for interesting reading.  Enjoy.

If you do decide to take on that chicken, Bubbe can help. Bubbe has left us, but her heartwarming videos play on.

But back to the Gift Shop….here are a few things you should know:

  1. The Gift Shop carries almost 60 tallit, from traditional styles to modern, wool, silk, polyester and acrylic and priced from $60 to $300.
  2. The Gift Shop looks for unique Judaica like the mezuzot made from found industrial materials by Schmutz & Bolts out of Berkeley.
  3. The Gift Shop carries a child size lap harp with accompanying Jewish sheet music. Can’t you see this? It’s Seder and time for a song and the little one asks for quiet  then moves everyone to tears with a Jewish tune on the lap harp. You kvell!
  4. The Gift Shop carries Mini Mazels for your next simcha.  Made from Belgian chocolates, they are tiny coins foil wrapped in pink or blue or an Israeli theme of blue and white. Bag of 240 costs $24.00.  Sprinkled around tables you’ve got something really unique.

~Ronna Voorsanger
The Gift Shop manager




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