Jewish Leaders Blast De Blasio School Lunch Plan For Excluding Kosher Options by the Forward

Jewish Leaders Blast De Blasio School Lunch Plan For Excluding Kosher Options

Image by Getty Images

Jewish and Muslim religious leaders are criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new free school lunch plan for not offering any kosher or halal options.

“Thousands of children in our community and the Muslim community are left out of this initiative due to religious dietary restrictions,” the letter dated November 22 and signed by more than twenty leaders from both faiths reads. “We urge you to remove the current impediments preventing thousands of students from benefiting.”

De Blasio rolled out the new federally funded program promising to give students free meals with the first day of public school on September 7, the Daily News reported.

Religious leaders from Jewish and Muslim institutions criticizing the new plan include Sheikh Musa Drammeh of the Bronx Islamic Leadership School and Rabbi Mark Dratch of the Rabbinical Council of America.

An estimated 38% of students in the city’s public schools are Jewish or Muslim.

Email Sam Kestenbaum at kestenbaum@forward.com and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum

Jews Blast De Blasio For Excluding Kosher School Lunch

Author

Sam Kestenbaum

Sam Kestenbaum

Sam Kestenbaum is a contributing editor and former staff writer for the Forward. Before this, he worked for The New York Times and newsrooms in Sana, Ramallah and Beijing. Contact him at kestenbaum@forward.com and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum and on Instagram at @skestenbaum.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Jewish Leaders Blast De Blasio School Lunch Plan For Excluding Kosher Options

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close