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Pavilion open during Passover

Posted 03/22/03, by Tamara Steinert

Stricter rules apply during the week-long holiday, requiring a complete cleansing of the kitchen

The Pavilion, Dartmouth's kosher and halal dining hall, will be open and serving kosher-for-Passover meals throughout the Passover holiday, scheduled for April 16 to 24. Members of the greater community are invited to join Dartmouth students for these meals, according to Robert Lester, Pavilion Director.

This year marks the first time the Pavilion has offered meals during the Jewish holiday. Lunch and dinner will be served in the Pavilion dining room on most days of Passover, except the First Seder on April 16 and Shabbat on April 18, which will be served at Dartmouth's Roth Center for Jewish Life. No meals will be served on April 19. Although no reservations are required for the meals, Lester requested that diners RSVP for the First Seder meal to ensure that there will be enough food for everyone who would like to attend.

Kosher rules are more rigorous during Passover than during other times of the year, and have prevented many colleges with kosher dining facilities from attempting to offer meals during the holiday, according to Lester. In fact, representatives from another university, which closes over Passover to accommodate its 60 percent Jewish student population, will visit Dartmouth during Passover to observe how the Pavilion is handling the meal preparation, Lester said.

In accordance with Jewish religious tradition, the two kosher kitchens in the Pavilion will be emptied of all food the day before the holiday begins, and then will be completely re-kashered. The kashering process involves either boiling or blow-torching everything in the kitchens, from the smallest utensils to the largest appliances, including the stove and refrigerator, Lester said. The process will be overseen by Rabbi Edward Boraz and four student mashgichim, trained overseers responsible for monitoring and maintaining the Pavilion's kosher status. One of the students will be designated shomer Shabbat, keeper of the Sabbath. Also, special kosher-for-Passover foods, which had to be ordered back in January, will be served during the week. Any foods that have been previously opened may not be used in Passover meals.

A final cost for the First Seder meal has not been set yet, but Lester said last year the cost was about $25 for people who are not Dartmouth students. Students pay a smaller, subsidized cost. Diners can expect to pay approximately $7.50 for the other meals during Passover, he added. The Pavilion accepts cash, checks and Dartmouth ID/Declining Balance Account (DBA) cards, but not credit cards.

- Tamara Steinert

Questions about the Passover menus and RSVPs for the First Seder can be emailed to robert.lester@dartmouth.edu.

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