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Food brought from outside cannot be stored
in unit refrigerators, but it can be kept in a
mini-fridge in your room.
Food preparation is supervised by a
mashgiach
(kosher food supervisor), who
is available to answer questions you may
have about kosher foods.
Oh, nuts – I am allergic to them. Who do I tell?
Speak with your dietitian about food
allergies, likes and dislikes. Proper nutrition
is a key element of health. Your registered
dietitian will incorporate a nutritional
assessment into your plan of care, and
dietary staff will note your personal food
preferences, food allergies and anything else
you’d like to share about your diet history.
Can the Home accommodate special diets?
Our menus are planned in accordance with
dietary guidelines set by the US Department
of Agriculture, American Dietetic Association
and Maryland Department of Health and
Mental Hygiene. The following diets are
available, if ordered by your physician:
Regular (No added salt)
Carbohydrate controlled
Calorie reduced
Low-fat, low-cholesterol
2-4 gram sodium
Renal
Lactose reduced
Altered consistency diets, prescribed
in conjunction with Speech-Language
Pathology
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What makes food kosher?
All meals served on campus are prepared
in accordance with Jewish dietary laws and
supervised by the Rabbinical Council of
Greater Washington. Food is not made
kosher by a blessing, nor is kosher a style
of food. To be
kosher
, food must be prepared
according to Jewish law.
Dining Services takes great care to observe
these laws:
Certain foods will not be served (pork or
shellfish, for example). Even when the
animal is permitted, some cuts of meat
are not, and the animal must have been
slaughtered in a humane way that mini-
mizes pain and complies with Jewish law.
Meat and dairy products are never pre-
pared together or served together at the
same meal. The equipment, dishes and
silverware used to prepare and serve meat
meals are kept separate from those used
with dairy meals.
Foods that are neither meat nor dairy are
called
pareve
, and may become a part of
either meat or dairy meals. Examples are
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish,
eggs, tea or black coffee.
Food brought in by family members and
friends need not be kosher, and these tastes
of home may be enjoyed in your room or in
our gardens. Please ensure that dishes,
trays and utensils from the Home’s kosher
kitchens never come into contact with
outside food, and please honor all common
areas as kosher (social halls, dining rooms).
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