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Non-jewish Medical Facilities Use Orthodox Information on Kashruth

A substantial number of Christian-sponsored and nonsectarian medical institutions in the United States use informational material on the Jewish dietary laws prepared by the Kosher Certification Service of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, it was announced here today by Rabbi Alexander S. Rosenberg, rabbinic administrator of the certification program.

These materials, he explained, are used to acquaint future nurses and medical institution administrators with the Jewish dietary laws. He said that the Kosher Certification Service recently published a pamphlet, designed for administrators and dieticians of Christian and nonsectarian medical schools, hospitals, nursing homes and similar agencies. The pamphlet was prepared in response to requests from such officials for information on how to meet the needs of the Jewish patient who observes the Jewish dietary laws.

Rabbi Rosenberg said that officials of 145 hospitals, 32 of them under Catholic sponsorship, use the pamphlet in teaching programs. He said the department of hospitals of New York City sponsors a teaching program for nurses’ aides for nursing homes. Kosher Certification Service materials are used in this course to acquaint future nurses’ aides with the fact that Jewish patients have special religious dietary needs, and to provide an introduction to the nature and background of these dietary requirements.