(JTA) — Florida prison inmates requesting kosher food will be able to join a meal plan supervised by the Aleph Institute.
Gov. Charlie Crist recently signed a directive ordering the Department of Corrections to provide kosher food to inmates.
The kosher meal plan, run by the Aleph Institute Jewish prisoners’ rights organization founded by Chabad-Lubavitch of Bal Harbour, is set to begin Aug. 16 on a trial basis in a South Florida prison.
The institute has worked 15 years to secure kosher food for Florida’s Jewish inmates, director Rabbi Menachem Katz said in an interview with Chabad.org.
Kosher style has been provided in state prisons, but this will be the first time that the food is under rabbinic supervision.