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Preparing for Passover

Posted 04/18/03


(Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Josh Gajer '06, Rabbi Edward Boraz and Ariel Rubin '03 submerge kitchen utensils from The Pavilion in boiling water in preparation for the Jewish Passover holiday. The Pavilion, Dartmouth's kosher/halal/sakahara dining hall, prepared and served its first kosher-for-Passover meals this year. The Jewish dietary laws are more stringent during Passover than during other times of the year, which has prohibited Dartmouth Dining Services from preparing kosher-for-Passover meals in the past, according to Robert Lester, the dining hall' s manager. However, with last year's opening of The Pavilion, meeting the strict requirements for Passover became a possibility. Among the necessary preparations were boiling or blowtorching all the utensils, dishes and appliances used for the Passover meals to remove all traces of food that aren't kosher for Passover. The process, called rekashering, was done under the supervision of student maschgichim (trained supervisors responsible for maintaining kosher standards) and Boraz. In addition to feeding Dartmouth's Jewish students, the Pavilion also provided the First Seder meal for approximately 300 Upper Valley residents. The Pavilion's Muslim student employees filled in for their Jewish colleagues so they could more fully observe the holiday.

For more information on The Pavilion dining hall operating during the Passover holiday, see "Pavilion open during Passover."

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