Nevada inmates to receive kosher meals after lawsuit is settled

The Nevada Department of Corrections, responding to an inmate’s lawsuit, agreed to provide Orthodox Jewish inmates with kosher-certified meals.

Corrections department officials said this week that the department would obtain rabbinic kosher certification of food prepared for those who joined the lawsuit filed by Howard Ackerman “and demonstrate an ability to maintain such certification,” the Los Vegas Review-Journal reported. A hearing on the lawsuit had been set for April 18.

Ackerman’s lawsuit filed in January claimied the newly instituted “common fare” menu was not kosher and thus violated his First Amendment right of religious freedom.

An injunction ordered by a federal judge in Nevada prevented the department from serving the new menu to Ackerman and included the nearly 300 other inmates who were receiving a kosher diet in the injunction.

Ackerman, 51, is an Orthodox Jew who is serving a life sentence for kidnapping.

Company Hopes Kosher Meals Fly in Long Beach

When it comes to meals, Jet Blue passengers must fend for themselves at Long Beach Airport before take off. And until now the observant community could only pick from prepackaged junk food at the kiosks. But S’Better Farms has changed all that with their recent introduction of two kosher carry-on meals.

“As a traveler and someone who observes kashrus, it was frustrating that there was no food available there,” said Phil Friedman, product development manager of kosher food provider S’Better Farms.

Now you can get a grilled chicken breast sandwich or chicken fingers in a sealed package at the snack bar across from the Jet Blue ticket counter and at the food kiosks in the Jet Blue and American Airlines departure lounges. The refrigerated meals run $7.50 and are certified glatt kosher by OK Laboratories.

El Dorado Foods, the airport’s food concessionaire, was open to Friedman’s proposed addition due to past customer requests for kosher meals. However, sales have been sluggish since the meals were introduced last month; something S’Better hopes will change as word of mouth spreads.

“The community doesn’t seem to be aware of it yet,” Friedman said.