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January 25, 2019  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Complied from JTA news service

Federal agency allows funding foster agency that rejects non-Christians

The Trump administration is allowing a South Carolina organization to receive federal foster care funding despite refusing to work with non-Christians or LGBTQ families. The decision by the Department of Health and Human Services violates a U.S. policy that forbids such discrimination for groups receiving federal funding.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster had asked for his state to be exempted from the Obama-era regulations. The Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries came under the spotlight after turning away a woman because she is Jewish.

The Anti-Defamation League and the Reform movement slammed the decision.

ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said, “It is shocking that the federal government is openly sanctioning discrimination against Jews, LGBTQ and others,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “Allowing a taxpayer-funded agency to discriminate against Jews and other minorities is outrageous and sets a dangerous precedent for our nation.”

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, called Miracle Hill’s restrictions “nonsensical and hurtful” in a statement on behalf of the Reform movement. “As Jews, we know too well that state-backed religious discrimination quickly becomes a stain on the nation,” he said.

Company reverses decision to end kosher certification of most of its bread

In a reversal, the largest baking company in the United States will be keeping kosher certification on nearly all of its bread and rolls. Bimbo Bakeries USA was set to remove kosher certification from major bread labels like Arnold and Sara Lee this year, but will no longer be doing so. The reversal comes after talks with the two kosher agencies that certified the bread, the Orthodox Union and Kof-K.

“After hearing from our loyal kosher consumers and after productive meetings with our kosher certifiers, Bimbo Bakeries USA is pleased to announce that we will once again be offering kosher products under the Arnold, Sara Lee and Ball Park brands,” the company announced, according to an article in The Jerusalem Post.

Officials at the kosher agencies previously told JTA that Bimbo bread labels — they also include Stroehmann, Freihofer’s and others — were crucial for consumers outside major Jewish population centers who want kosher-certified bread. Two of Bimbo’s other brands, Entenmann’s and Thomas, also will still be certified kosher.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is the U.S. division of Grupo Bimbo, the Mexican company that is the world’s largest bakery.

Rabbi appointed to Illinois legislature

Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, 43 and a father of six, has been sworn in to the state’s House of Representatives, a first for the state and possibly the nation. The Orthodox spiritual leader will be representing a district that is about 30 percent Orthodox Jewish and includes the Chicago area communities of Rogers Park, Skokie, Lincolnwood and Morton Grove, according to the Yeshiva World News.

“I may be the first rabbi in any state legislature. And that’s very exciting,” Rabbi Kalish told the CBS affiliate in Chicago.

A committee, including Kalish’s predecessor, Rep. Lou Lang, selected the rabbi from among 20 possible candidates. Lang, a Democrat who served in the legislature for 32 years, resigned following his re-election after receiving a partnership offer from a prominent lobbying firm.

Rabbi Kalish is chief executive of the S4 Group, a government affairs and business development firm that devises strategies for private companies. He also serves as a cantor for Congregation Shaarei Tzedek Mishkan Yair in Chicago. He formerly worked for more than 10 years at the haredi Orthodox organization Agudath Israel of America focusing on governmental advocacy in state capitals across the country.


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