Jewish and Muslim Students Look for Kosher Food in Dining Halls

February 21, 2007

Author: Zachary Moser-Katz

Source: Technician

Some Jewish and Muslim students living on campus report that following kosher dietary restrictions can be challenging and the University Dinning Program does not provide adequate support.

Benjamin Mazur, a Jewish student and sophomore in statistics, said he is frustrated with the lack of variety and believes that it is time the administration provides more options.

Mazur, vice president of Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, said sticking to a kosher diet can often be difficult, and some students are forced to eat only the vegetarian foods provided by the dining halls.

However, he said he understands the difficulties in providing kosher options.

"We can't expect the dining halls to have special food set aside, because kosher food is often more expensive," Mazur said.

Mazur said the dining staff is often confused when he inquires about the ingredients in the dishes they serve.