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Beach Bakery No Longer Serving Kosher

Simon Jorna says without support from the local synagogue, he can't keep kosher.

The Beach Bakery — the only kosher eatery in Westhampton Beach — will no longer be serving kosher goods.

The decision comes, said bakery owner Simon Jorna, after a disagreement with the Hampton Synagogue, which Jorna said he had enjoyed a great relationship with for 20 years.

The last straw came, after he learned that the synagogue had hired another company for one of their events, paying them more than they paid the Beach Bakery all year, Jorna explained.

"We were supposed to be their exclusive caterer," Jorna said. "When I caught the Rabbi lying, I realized this is the end of our story."

Without support from a local synagogue, Jorna said he can't keep a kosher kitchen, which he had intentions of expanding through a renovation project projected to start at the end of the month.

Eateries serving kosher, explained Jorna, must be inspected by a rabbi.

Jorna did say that he is still moving forward with his expansion — it just won't include a kosher kitchen.

"I will miss my customers," said Jorna, adding that he he hopes that they will still stop in for a cup of coffee or tea and say, "hi."

"I've already gotten a few nice emails from customers thanking me for the all the good years, but regretfully can't come in anymore," he said.

Calls for comment from the Hampton Synagogue were unreturned, however, 27east reports that Rabbi Marc Schneier, sent a letter to all the members of his synagogue, stating that the synagogue will no longer provide kosher supervision to the bakery.

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Rdk October 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I was standing by waldbaum bakery and heard the associates say that the rabbi was coming over. Could waldbaums be doing catering
Bojames October 20, 2012 at 01:05 PM
If the Rabbi in fact lied to Simon Jorna it would not come as a surprise. Other news reports on his personal life indicate he may be ethically challenged, which many powerful/influential people are prone to be. Power corrupts. Please note, Rabbis as a group are not exempt from lying, cheating , stealing.
cbg October 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
What nerve the Rabbi has. Screw him. They will miss out on Simons WONDERFUL BAKERY. I will support Simon even more now. Good for you Simon.
cbg October 20, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Good let them go to waldbaums where they don't even make real whipped cream.
Blake Conway October 20, 2012 at 09:27 PM
American food products are already checked by local and federal governmental agencies for purity and edibility. Kosher certification in no way whatsoever makes them any more sanitary or wholesome. Orthodox Jewish organizations send rabbis to the food companies in America and charge for the kosher designation. kosher inspections cost businesses thousands of dollars in fees anually. Although it is unfortunate that Simon has given up the catering business of the Synagogue, hopefully such losses can be offset by the elimination of expensive kosher inspections and maintenance costs. i hardly think that it will have much impact on his walk in customer base as the small amount of customers affected will most likely continue to shop there,in much the same way as when they drive to Shul on Saturday, which is forbidden by Jewish law, parking their cars out of sight on nearby side streets of the village. I am pretty sure that the temptation to ignore jewish law, is far greater for one of Simon's delicious jelly donuts than one of rabbi Marc's long winded sermons
Carl Todd October 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Again - "No good Deeds Goes Unpunished" Several years ago I was appraising a building that housed a nut & candy distributor before Passover. Two rabbis were there trying to shake the owner down for their " seal of approval". He refused them and told me he from now one he will not allow them in and said other then the bulk nuts the he repacks all the candy is per-raped by the manufacturer and has kosher approval.

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