From farmers’ markets to restaurants, Portland has become a culinary destination. The state’s kosher options have expanded too.
The rules regarding what foods are proper to eat originate in the Bible. The Israelites were given a long list of forbidden foods, including animals that didn’t both chew their cud and have split hooves, rodents, birds of prey, shellfish and fish without fins and scales. Exodus added the restriction: “You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.”
The evolution of Jewish dietary laws evolved from there as Talmudic rabbis strove to ensure the mandate was upheld giving rise to the separation of milk and meat. Jewish concerns extend to how food is slaughtered, prepared and served. For an animal to be kosher, or fit for consumption, it must be killed in a prescribed way – the swiftest, most painless and humane death for an animal.
Although kosher laws have their origin in the Bible, with modern food production concerns, kosher is considered the gold standard by many consumers looking to verify the safety and purity of the food they eat.
Our food pages include both kosher and non-kosher listings.
Rabbi Tzvi Fischer, Kashrus Administrator
Tuvia Berzow, Executive Director
Rabbi Dov Chastain, Rabbinic Administrator
6698 SW Capitol Hwy.
Oregon Kosher is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Kashrus through supervision, education and research. Started in 1997, Oregon Kosher has been instrumental in increasing the kosher options available locally. We also aid the public through many services, such as: kosher supervision, classes that are open to the public, kashering keilim for Pesach and providing consumer information both for Pesach and year round.
PORTLAND FARMERS MARKETS
Portland State University (SW Park & Montgomery): Saturdays year-round (Mar-Oct) 8:30 am-2 pm; (Nov-Feb) 9 am-2 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW 6th & Yamhill): 10 am-2 pm Mondays, June 20-Sept. 26
Shemanski Park (SW Park & Main): 10 am-2 pm, Wednesdays, May 4-Nov. 23
Northwest (NW 19th & Everett): 2- 6 pm Thursdays, June 2-Sept. 29
Kenton (N McClellan & Denver): 3-7 pm, Wednesdays, June 1-Sept. 28
King (NE 7th & Wygant): 10 am-2 pm Sundays, May 1 to Nov. 20
Lents International (SE 91st Ave. & Foster): 9 am-2 pm, Sundays, June 5-Oct. 30
BEAVERTON FARMERS MARKET
CANBY SATURDAY MARKET
CEDAR MILL SUNSET FARMERS’ MARKET
CLACKAMAS SUNNYSIDE GRANGE FARMERS’ & ARTISTS’ MARKET
CULLY FARMERS MARKET
DAMASCUS FARMERS MARKET
ESTACADA FARMERS’ MARKET
FOREST GROVE FARMERS MARKET
GRESHAM FARMERS MARKET
GRESHAM SATURDAY MARKET
HILLSBORO FARMERS MARKET
HILLSBORO TUESDAY MARKETPLACE
HILLSDALE FARMERS’ MARKET
HOLLYWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET
IRVINGTON FARMERS MARKET
LAKE OSWEGO FARMERS’ MARKET
LLOYD FARMERS MARKET
MILWAUKIE SUNDAY FARMER’S MARKET
MONTAVILLA FARMERS MARKET
MORELAND FARMERS MARKET
OHSU FARMERS MARKET
OREGON CITY FARMERS’ MARKET
PARKROSE FARMERS MARKET
PEOPLE’S FARMERS MARKET
RAINIER MARINA MARKET
SANDY PUBLIC MARKET
SCAPPOOSE COMMUNITY FARMERS’ MARKET
SHERWOOD SATURDAY MARKET
SOUTH WATERFRONT FARMERS MARKET
ST. JOHNS FARMERS’ MARKET
SUNNYSIDE FARMERS MARKET
TIGARD AREA FARMERS MARKET
THE BULL MOUNTAIN FARMERS MARKET
TUALATIN FARMERS MARKET
WEST LINN FARMERS MARKET
WOODLAWN FARMERS MARKET
WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET
While a large percentage of foods on all grocery shelves is certified kosher, the following stores have devoted kosher sections.
ALBERTSONS AT SHATTUCK
5415 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.
BURLINGAME FRED MEYER
7555 SW Barbur Blvd.
6684 SW Capitol Hwy.
SAFEWAY KOSHER DELI
(Deli and Bakery certified by Oregon Kosher)
8145 SW Barbur Blvd.
503-452-6068 ext. 1210
NEW SEASONS MARKET
16 stores in greater Portland area
TUV HA’ARETZ PORTLAND: THE JEWISH FARM BOX
Trader Joe’s locations offer a pamphlet listing their kosher items.
WHOLE FOODS MARKET
Nine Locations in Washington and Oregon
(Includes kosher and non-kosher listings)
BOMBAY CRICKET CLUB RESTAURANT
1925 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Indian & Middle Eastern Cuisine.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5 pm-9 pm; Sunday 5 pm-9 pm; Friday & Saturday 5 pm-10 pm.
CAFE AT THE J
(Certified by Oregon Kosher)
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
(Bagels certified by Oregon Kosher)
310 NW Broadway
Authentic NY style boiled bagels, baked fresh daily. Sandwich ingredients made from scratch. House blended schmears and deli treats. Stumptown coffee and espresso. Bagels certified Kosher Parve by Oregon Kosher. Open 7 days, 7 am-2 pm.
DAIRY HILL ICE CREAM
(Most flavors and some toppings certified by Oregon Kosher)
6352 SW Capitol Hwy.
KORNBLATT’S NEW YORK STYLE DELICATESSEN
628 NW 23rd Ave.
Established in 1999, Kornblatt’s has fresh deli meats and fish flown in from the east coast every week. Serving breakfast all day, lunch and dinner, Kornblatts is famous for hot pastrami sandwiches, lox plates and our “Vegetarian Reuben.” We offer catering with a variety of popular platters such as the NY Experience sandwich platter and the Long Island Sound platter with a selection of smoked fish on a bed of greens with red onions, tomatoes and capers.
(Certified by Oregon Kosher)
16415 NW Cornell Road
SUNNY’S LEGENDARY FROZEN YOGURT
(Yogurts and most toppings certified by Oregon Kosher)
4397 SW Vermont St.