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Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:00 am

There have been a few comments from the community regarding the kosher policy on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. We value our community and want to provide clarity on this issue. First and foremost, the JCC and Federation continue to strictly enforce our policy that food provided at JCC and Federation events is kosher.  We are proud to maintain kashrut at the highest level so people of any level of observance can attend our events. Private groups who rent rooms from the campus, and are in no way sponsored or connected with the JCC or Federation, are not required to be kosher. Because they are not allowed to use our kitchens, they do not affect our kashrut.

When we became aware that a few rabbis had concerns, we openly shared our practices and policies with the Board of Rabbis. We received no further communication, questions or concerns. Though we did not receive a response from the Board of Rabbis to our policies and are now learning that a few community members continue to have concerns, we plan to review our current rental and kosher policies as they relate to outside campus rentals at an upcoming board meeting. As part of that process, we will seek counsel from some of our community’s rabbis.

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1 comment:

  • sturgel posted at 1:12 pm on Wed, Jan 13, 2016.

    sturgel Posts: 3

    When an observant woman in our community inquired if the VOSJCC-sponsored COOKING WITH EDDIE MATNEY event would be kosher the answer was "NO". As a result she was not able to participate. This seems to contradict the statement by the JCA & VOSJCC leaders who say: " JCC and Federation continue to strictly enforce our policy that food provided at JCC and Federation events is kosher. We are proud to maintain kashrut at the highest level so people of any level of observance can attend our events." This certainly calls into question the Campus commitment to being inclusive.

    And when the leaders say: "we plan to review our current rental and kosher policies as they relate to outside campus rentals at an upcoming board meeting. As part of that process, we will seek counsel from some of our community’s rabbis" I sincerely hope that the Board of Rabbis, Orthodox Rabbinical Council and the Vaad HaKashruth will have a chance to formally comment on the issue of Kashrut on the Campus.

    At the end of the day it seems to me that the best solution would be to go back to the previous policy of requiring all catering on the campus to be provided by caterers and food establishments which are supervised by the VAAD thus ensuring that once again the campus will be kosher, a policy which is editorially supported by the Jewish News.

    Lastly, when it comes to demonstrating Jewish values I urge the VOSJCC leadership to immediately discontinue running print ads in the Arizona Republic, Arizona Jewish Life Magazine and any other publication which do not contain any words identifying the "J" and the campus as a Jewish-sponsored organization. Recent ads only refer to the "J" and none of the following words are included in those ads: JEWISH; JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER; JCC; VALLEY OF THE SUN JCC or anything else that would identify this is a Jewish institution.