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Unkosher Comedy Series Puts Treyf Front and Center

Some would argue that there’s nothing funny about treyf.

And the trio behind [“Traif (An Unkosher Series),”](An Unkosher Series ““Traif (An Unkosher Series),””) a new online comedy based on Brooklyn’s very real Traif restaurant, would argue that they’re wrong.

When Chef Jason Marcus opened the eatery — a bagel’s throw from Satmar enclaves in Wiliamsburg — he got pummeled by Orthodox media for serving mostly pork and shellfish dishes such as salt-and-pepper shrimp and lobster with spicy sausage.

Since Traif’s creators live in Los Angeles, the show’s set in a Fairfax restaurant led by a chef named, ahem, Jason Marco.

“I hope kosher-eating people look at this and say this is a funny concept,” producer Lew Levy, who’s Marcus’s uncle, told the Jewish Journal. “The restaurant is now very well-accepted in Brooklyn. Jason has spoken with rabbis in the community and they peacefully coexist.”

According to the series’ website, each episode will highlight a dish or ingredient from the real Traif restaurant, and the recipes will be posted online.

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Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward. Contact him at [email protected]


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