NC: JEWISH AND MUSLIM STUDENTS LOOK FOR KOSHER FOOD IN DINING HALLS
Some Jewish and Muslim students living on campus report that following kosher dietary restrictions can be challenging and the University Dinning Program does not provide adequate support.
Benjamin Mazur, a Jewish student and sophomore in statistics, said he is frustrated with the lack of variety and believes that it is time the administration provides more options.
Mazur, vice president of Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, said sticking to a kosher diet can often be difficult, and some students are forced to eat only the vegetarian foods provided by the dining halls.
However, he said he understands the difficulties in providing kosher options.
“We can’t expect the dining halls to have special food set aside, because kosher food is often more expensive,” Mazur said.
Mazur said the dining staff is often confused when he inquires about the ingredients in the dishes they serve.
“People at the counter just don’t understand,” Mazur said. “They look at me like, ‘Why does is matter?'”
Sarah Oraby, outreach coordinator for the Muslim Students Association, said the dining staff has always been helpful and accommodating.
“Usually I just ask them, and they are always willing to find out if there is pork in the food,” Oraby, senior in biomedical engineering, said.
Oraby said she sometimes has trouble finding a satisfying meal, but she has always been able to work around it.