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Kosher Supervision

Dear Friends,

We are writing to share with you an exciting development about kashrut in our community. We are now certifying as kosher several local vegan/vegetarian restaurants: Everlasting Life in Capitol Heights, Evolve Restaurant and Vegaritos in Takoma Park (DC), Sweet and Natural in Mount Rainier, Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar in DC, and Indian Delight and the Chatpat Truck in DC.

We view this certification as a service to the broader Jewish community, and we are not accepting any compensation for our services.

In order for this project to grow and encompass other establishments we need to arrange for ongoing mashgichim (kosher supervisors) for other restaurants. This position is entirely voluntary and mashgichim are not permitted to accept compensation in any form. Even though there is no financial benefit it is a great service to the community and we believe that you will receive a spiritual reward.

Please contact us if you are are available to serve in this capacity. Community support is vital to the success of this project.

If you would like to make a donation to the synagogue to support our efforts then we encourage donations to be made to our Communal Thanksgiving Dinner and/or our Communal Passover Seder.  Donations may be made online at


Maharat Ruth Friedman
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld


Evolve Restaurant
341 Cedar Street NW
Washington, DC 20012

Vegaritos Vegan Restaurant
6904 4th Street NW        
Washington, DC 20012

Sweet and Natural
4009 34th Street
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Everlasting Life
9185 Central Avenue
Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar
402 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Indian Delight & Chatpat Truck
1825 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Washington, DC Vegan Restaurant Kashrut FAQ’s

Q. What restaurants are being provided with kashrut supervision?

A. There are four, local, vegan restaurants being certified - Everlasting Life in Capitol Heights, Evolve Restaurant and Vegaritos in Takoma Park (DC), and Sweet and Natural in Mount Rainier.

Q. Who is providing the kashrut supervision?

A. Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld and Maharat Ruth Friedman of Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue are providing kashrut supervision.

Q. Do they have any experience providing prior kashrut supervision?

A. Yes, Rabbi Herzfeld has extensive kashrut supervision experience and knowledge, having initiated kashrut supervision for Soupergirl and other large kitchens and productions. Maharat Friedman is very knowledgeable as well.

Q. What are the standards of the kashrut supervision?

A. The kashrut supervision is an Orthodox kashrut supervision, utilizing similar standards as well-known kashrut organizations. All products served at the restaurants are kosher, all pots/pans/dishes are kosher, all vegetables are thoroughly washed, all wine served is Mevushal and there are Mashgichim who conduct random checks.

Q. Is there any concern about Bishul Akum?

A. This is not a concern, either because a Jew is involved in the process of lighting the fire or because the food item in question does not fall under the rubric of bishul akum.

Q. Why are these restaurants being certified as kosher? Isn’t vegan good enough?

A. There is both a great need plus a strong desire for additional restaurants in the Washington, DC to be certified kosher. These restaurants were chosen because they are vegan so they are relatively easy to be made kosher.

Additionally, individuals should be aware that not all vegan restaurants are kosher. For example, the Rabbi and Maharat looked at one vegan restaurant closely and ultimately did not provide certification because one of their ingredients uses non-kosher grape products. Most people who go into this store have no idea that this product is problematic from the perspective of Jewish law. Thus, vegan does not necessarily equal kosher. By certifying these restaurants our shul is hoping that it will be easier for more people to follow kosher dietary laws.

Q. Are the restaurants paying for the kashrut supervision?

A. No, the service is being provided complimentary by Rabbi Herzfeld and Maharat Friedman. They view this certification as a service to the broader Jewish community, and are not accepting any compensation for their services.

Q. I still have questions. Who can I contact?

A. Please contact Rabbi Herzfeld at / 202-812-8900 or Maharat Friedman at

Fri, April 20 2018 5 Iyyar 5778