The Atlantic Jewish Council

Shaar Shalom Library Book Club − May 26, 12:30pm, Shaar Library

Our next meeting will be Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 PM, in the Shaar Library. We will be discussing Timothy D. Lytton’s Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food.

*Coffee and bagels will be served.

Upcoming Reads:

June 23 – (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump by Jonathan Weisman

July 21 – By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen

SYNOPSIS: Generating over $12 billion in annual sales, kosher food is big business. It is also an unheralded story of successful private-sector regulation in an era of growing public concern over the government’s ability to ensure food safety. Kosher uncovers how independent certification agencies rescued American kosher supervision from fraud and corruption and turned it into a model of nongovernmental administration. Currently, a network of over three hundred private certifiers ensures the kosher status of food for over twelve million Americans, of whom only eight percent are religious Jews. But the system was not always so reliable. At the turn of the twentieth century, kosher meat production in the United States was notorious for scandals involving price-fixing, racketeering, and even murder.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Timothy D. Lytton is the Albert & Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School. He holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale University and has served as a fellow in the Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions as well as the Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He is the author of Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food recently published by Harvard University Press (2013). In addition, he has published book chapters and articles on the roots of law and jurisprudence in biblical and rabbinic texts.

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