From the Desk - Making a BBQ Kosher
Shalom Friends! We're not letting the hot weather get us down as we get into full swing with a range of great Summer programs at Beth Ora! Just in the next week, we are offering two fabulous social events. On Sunday, we have a special Beth Ora trip to Quinn Farm to go strawberry picking. We meet at Beth Ora at 10:30 AM and then make our own way (with our own mode of transport) to the farm. Please RSVP to Carly at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Wednesday, we will be enjoying our second BBQ of the season. Join us at 6:00 PM for delicious food, great company and a fantastic community atmosphere. As for the educational/inspirational component of our program, we are excited to welcome Rabbi Shalom Hammer to Beth Ora on Shabbat, July 28th. Rabbi Hammer will be giving the sermon and speaking at a special sit-down Kiddush on the topic of Israel's struggle for survival. Put the date in the diary for what will be a fascinating and inspiring Shabbat at Beth Ora. There are other great programs coming up in August so watch this space! In the meantime, we look forward to a wonderful July at Beth Ora! Wishing you Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Anthony and Carly Knopf Dovid, Rachelli, Yehuda and Avrami
What's the Deal with... Making a BBQ Kosher? At the last BBQ, Earl Adler asked me if there is a way of making Kosher a BBQ grill that had previously been used to roast non-Kosher food. So, what's the deal? A BBQ grill can be made Kosher by heating the grate until it glows. This can be done with a blowtorch but it's important that this only be done by someone who knows how to do it competently and safely. Another way of doing it is by sandwiching the grates between the charcoal briquettes and setting them on fire. A third way is by turning up the gas flame and moving the grate close to the flame. If when you do this, the grate becomes red or white hot, it is considered Kosher. If the grill has a hood, the empty gas grill cavity must be kashered by cleaning, closing the hood and setting it to the highest setting for one hour. Alternatively, you can replace the grates.