Jewish residents in Bournemouth now have a dedicated kosher food outlet thanks to the initiative of Chabad of Bournemouth.
Rabbi Yossie and Chanie Alperowitz, directors of Chabad of Bournemouth, officially opened Chabadeli this Thursday with over 60 people doing their kosher shop there for the first time.
The outlet is based in their newly refurbished centre which opened its doors earlier this year following a million pound construction project.
Chabadeli will be open on Thursdays and Fridays each week and stocks over hundres of kosher food items, including chicken, meats, kugel, soup, cholent, salads, dips, fish, fish fingers, latkas, cheese, ice cream, cakes, biscuits and challah freshly baked by Mrs. Alperowitz.
“There used to be kosher shops in Bournemouth, but they closed down years ago,” remarks Rabbi Alperowitz. “Even the supermarkets which offer a kosher section are stocking a more narrow range of products.”
With thousands of Jews estimated to live in the sea-side city and the surrounding area, the only way to obtain kosher products has been to have them delivered from London or to travel the 200 mile round-trip to the capital.
“There is a lot of excitement about this project and on the opening day we had over 60 people come through the doors.”
All proceeds from Chabadeli will be used to fund Chabad of Bournemouth’s educational programmes.