Kosher Food in Poland
In Poland today, keeping kosher is not
easy, since there are few Orthodox Jews in the country today. There is
only a limited market for kosher foods, as well as a lack of specialists
in ritual slaughter.
The Union of Jewish Communities in Poland organizes kosher food for
its members. Every few weeks, with the help of specialists brought from
abroad, from Budapest for example, animals are ritually slaughtered for
local needs. The meat prepared in this way is not sufficient, however,
for the groups who may be visiting Poland.
As a result, most of the groups of foreign tourists who come to
visit Poland from abroad bring kosher foodstuffs with them, and some
explain to hotels' restaurant staff beforehand the rules governing the
use of the kitchen. This is particularly suitable when larger groups are
on the internet
The websites of the most famous Jewish restaurants:
In Cracow: Klezemer Hois; Ariel;
In Warsaw there is one shop that sells
kosher foods. It is located in the lower level of the Jewish Community
building adjacent to the Nozyk synagogue at 6 Twarda Street.
"Aviv", a new kosher restaurant, has opened in Warsaw at the Jewish
Community's building (ul. Twarda 6). One can also arrange to have it deliver
meals to one's hotel. Groups are advised to make a reservation. Tel: (+48)
601 320 582; (+48 22) 652 17 53, ext. 119.
There are a number of restaurants serving traditional Jewish food in
Poland, although they do not serve strictly kosher food. Such
restaurants can be found in all larger cities, such as in Krakow's
Kazimierz district, in Warsaw, and in Lublin.
On LOT Polish airlines flights, it is possible to special-order kosher meals before take-off.