Brandeis is an easy place to keep Kosher and has lots of options. Sherman Dining Hall houses an all-you- can-eat Kosher buffet for three meals a day. In addition, packaged and prepared kosher food items are available in the eateries and C-Store in Usdan and Einstein’s bagles in Shapiro Campus Center. There is also a kosher vending machine in the Shapiro lounge in Massell Quad.
Getting on a Kosher Meal Plan is easy. If you are already on a meal plan, there is no additional cost. Students electing to eat Kosher must sign a Kosher contract with Dining Services in Sherman Dining Hall. Students will then be given a sticker for their ID card. Students who elect to eat kosher must eat on the kosher line while in Sherman Dining Hall but are welcome to eat in any other dining location. Students on a meal plan can sign up for Shabbat dinner here.
Sherman Dining Hall
Sherman Dining Hall is located between the Shapiro Campus Center and Massell Quad. It is an all-you-can-eat cafeteria that serves both Kosher and non-Kosher food. The Kosher kitchen is supervised closely by Rabbi Chayim Zirkind and Rabbi David Twersky, along with the Dining Services team who ensure that meat and dairy items are never prepared, cooked or eaten together at the same meal. Meat and dairy products are prepared in separate, dedicated kitchens, utilizing two completely separate sets of utensils, dishes, stoves, dishwashers, and all other cookware. “Pareve”, or neutral items such as eggs, fruits, vegetables and fish may be served with both meat and dairy meals.
To ensure that meat and dairy are never mixed, the Sherman staff have designated that for lunches and dinners, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are meat days and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays are dairy days. Breakfast is always a dairy meal.
The Kosher side of Sherman has rules to make sure that all the food is kept Kosher; however, students sit wherever they wish in the cafeteria. Students use trays, and whenever they eat from the Kosher side they make sure that everything stays on it. They do not put anything from the non-Kosher side on a Kosher tray or on Kosher dishes. On Shabbat, trays are not available, and all of the plateware and silverware are disposable.
Need More Info? Check out the Brandeis Dining website.