Chef Paul Lasovsky, Director of Food Services and Mashgiach

"With the many cultures on campus, it is essential to offer a variety of culturally diverse menu options and to enhance the dining experience by offering 'live' action stations and 'make-it –yourself' experiences.

Our kitchen utilizes eco-kashrut. We are the only industrial kitchen, to my knowledge, to do so in North Carolina. Thus we both educate and entertain our community. My menus are healthy and balanced, a unique concept given that traditional, kosher Jewish cuisine relies heavily on oils and fats."

keeping kosher

The American Hebrew Academy dining pavilion is a fully kosher facility under the supervision of Rabbi Yosef Plotkin of Chabad of Greensboro, and managed by Chef Paul Lasovsky, Director of Food Services and Mashgiach.

Our goal is to include all students in Academy programming; kashrut should not separate us as Jews. Our Hadar Ochel (Dining Pavilion) is the area on campus where all members of the community come together to eat. To ensure that all members of the community can eat together, we observe a strict level of Kashrut.

Outside of the dining pavilion, dairy and parve food is enjoyed anywhere on campus. Off-campus students make their own dining choices.

Food at Academy Programs

All food served at Academy-sponsored programs is kosher to the standards of the school's Dining Services.

This is true of food served at events both on and off campus, for a class, club, team, house, or other group. When a program cannot maintain strict kashrutfor all participants, a kosher or vegetarian option will be available for those who observe the traditional laws of kashrut.

Our students will not be put in a position to have to choose between their religious practices and their social life.

The American Hebrew Academy was the first pre-collegiate institution to obtain the Uri L’Tzedek’s Tav HaYosher, an “ethical” seal for kosher establishments certifying its adherence to fair-labor practices. Tav HaYosher is a local, grassroots initiative to bring workers, restaurant owners and community members together to create just workplaces in kosher restaurants

The Tav HaYosher requires:

  1. The right to fair pay.
  2. The right to fair time.
  3. The right to a safe work environment.

  • The American Hebrew Academy Dining Pavilion offers a feast for the senses at every healthful, colorful, fragrant, cooked-from-scratch, kosher meal served to the community.


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