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University's kosher in the kitchen.

A KITCHEN at a North East university has gone kosher.

Durham University opened the kitchen, which will provide Sabbath and festival meals, yesterday.

The facilities are based at St Aidan's College, within the Durham City campus.

Its next big event will be Chanukah, which starts on December 5.

The kosher kitchen means all catering will conform to Jewish dietary law.

For example, pork is prohibited and vegetables and fruit must be cleaned to ensure no insects are eaten. Other products, such as some yoghurt and cereals, contain gelatine or glycerine, which are also prohibited.

The initiative is funded by Durham University and the Union of Jewish Students Hillel (UJS) to support the needs of the Jewish student community.

The university encourages diversity among students and already hosts a Muslim Prayer Room and Christian chapels. Dr Susan Frenk, acting principal of St Aidan's College, said: "Food lies at the heart of every community. This kosher kitchen is a jewel in our celebration of the cultural mosaic of college and university life."

Vice-chancellor of Durham University, Professor Chris Higgins, attended the launch with Dr Frenk, the heads of the Islamic Society and Christian Union and representatives of the Union of Jewish Students.

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Date:Nov 23, 2007
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