Capital's [Jewish Community] praise German kosher baker

© Edinburgh Evening News, Monday 30 April 2007

THE city's Jewish Community have praised a German baker for producing kosher food for one of the faith's weekly traditions.

Since Edinburgh's last kosher bakery closed on East Cross Causeway over a year ago, [the Edinburgh Jewish Community] have been forced to either produce their own kosher bread or [order from] the nearest bakery in Manchester.

However, thanks to Bruntsfield baker Falko Burkert, who has worked with local Rabbi David Rose, they are now able to enjoy the traditional Jewish plaited loaf "challah" - which forms the centrepiece of the shabbat dinner, consumed every Friday evening.

Not only do certain ingredient requirements have to be met in order for the bread to qualify as kosher, but the oven has to be lit by [one of the Jewish Community], so every Friday morning a member of the community goes to the Falko Konditormeister to ignite the oven.

Stephanie Brickman, who works at Edinburgh University, praised the baker for his help.

She said: "As a working mother with a kosher kitchen and a three-year-old, I can say what a relief it is to not have to bake challah every Friday.

"Although it can be fun once in a while, Falko's is much better than mine and he has done the Jewish Community here such a good turn."

Mr Burkert added: "It's fun for me to learn something new and I'm happy to help them in any way I can."

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