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 the Usdan Student Center, there’s Louis’ Kosher Deli. The Hoot Market in Usdan carries a wide selection of packaged and prepared kosher food items. There is also a kosher vending machine in the Shapiro lounge in Massell Quad.
There is no dedicated Kosher Meal Plan at Brandeis. If you are already on a meal plan, there is no additional cost to eat Kosher in the campus eateries! 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 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.