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Indiana State Prison kitchen goes kosher

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The kitchen at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City has been torched.

By a rabbi.

On Tuesday, Rabbi Menachem Fellig of Miami, Fla., visited the prisoners’ dining area with propane torch in hand, to make sure everything was kosher.


The process is called torching and it’s a common way to make stoves, pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils kosher. The idea is to superheat the metal, burning away residue from non-kosher items that may have been cooked in them. Torching opens up the pores of the metal.

“The Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) is seeing an increasing demand for Kosher meals to meet a variety of religious needs,” said David Liebel, director of religious services for DOC. “Preparing kosher meals in house will allow the DOC to meet religious and nutritional needs in a financially responsible way.”

This Indiana State Prison was built in 1860 and is the oldest correctional facility in operation for the DOC. It’s located on 102 acres of land on Michigan City’s west side. The physical plant consists of 52 buildings, which include 13 offender-housing units, steam plant, garage, warehouse, industries buildings, and five staff housing units.

The main walled compound surrounds 24 acres of land. Located on the same grounds, outside the wall, is the unit dedicated to house the medium-security offenders.



Posted 5/2/2014