It is hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching the end of this secular year and that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. As we approach a very busy holiday season, we would just like to offer a few “gentle” reminders when bringing or sending in food items for your family members and friends who are residents in one of the Menorah Manor Communities.
In keeping with our kosher dietary laws, only foods in closed, wrapped boxes/containers, clearly showing one of the Certified Kosher symbols are permitted into our buildings. Below are a few of the most common symbols.
Please do not remove items from their original packaging as we will be unable to identify them as kosher. In addition, any food items sent from outside companies such as cookie bouquets, fruit arrangements, candies and so on, must include a Kosher certification from the company itself in order for us to deliver it to a resident’s room.
Finally, there has been a bit of confusion regarding items that come from the bakeries at Publix Grocery Stores. Please be aware that there is only one Publix Store in Pinellas County which has a Kosher bakery; it is located on Pasadena Avenue in St. Petersburg. The others all carry some kosher items, but you must check each package accordingly for its certification.
We hope you will not take offense should we ask to check your items when you sign in at the reception desks. We are simply trying to maintain the integrity of our communities with regard to dietary laws. As always, should you have any questions at all, I would be delighted to speak with you. I am available at my direct line, 727-580-1707. Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season and a year of peace to come.
--Rabbi Leah M. Herz,
Director of Spiritual Care and Religious Programming