A Kosher Lifestyle

Vaad Hakashruth

Keeping Kentucky Kosher
Post Office Box 5362
Louisville, KY 40205

The Louisville Vaad Hakashruth is dedicated to “Keeping Kentucky Kosher” and is charged with both supervising and promoting Kashruth observance. Kosher supervision includes the ritual cleaning of all utensils, pots, ovens, etc. In order to both supervise and promote the observance of Kosher dietary laws, the Vaad maintains a rate of just $21 per hour for kosher supervision.

The Vaad supervises and certifies the following venues as Kosher: Four Courts at Cherokee Park, the kosher kitchen at Jewish Hospital and the kosher kitchen at the Jewish Community Center. The Vaad also provides supervision of kosher meat and baked goods at the Kroger store at McMahan Plaza. This full-service, self-contained kosher butcher shop within an existing market was the first of its kind and has led to many similar kosher meat outlets in groceries around the country.

The Vaad maintains kosher china and regularly oversees kosher catering arrangements at the Louisville Hyatt Regency Hotel. In addition, the Vaad is able to provide kosher supervision in almost any catering establishment. In the last year, the Vaad has supervised kosher meals at Stevens and Stevens, Napa River Grill and the Jewish Hospital Conference Center.

In addition to these communal facilities, the Vaad supervises various local manufacturers of food products. The Vaad offers kosher supervision to businesses throughout Kentucky as well as numerous food manufacturers in places as diverse as Manchester, England; Shanghai, China; and Manaus, Brazil. Numerous everyday food items from soft drinks to breakfast cereal may often contain ingredients overseen by the Louisville Vaad Hakashruth.


The Louisville Vaad Hakashruth is also charged with the responsibility of maintaining the Louisville Mikvah, which is housed on the Anshei Sfard campus. The Mikvah has recently been totally updated and renovated. In addition to its usual ritual uses, the Mikvah is also commonly used by brides as well as in adoption and conversion ceremonies.

To make an appointment to visit the Mikvah, please call the Anshei Sfard Synagogue office at 502-451-3122 or the Mikvah attendant at 502-494-3774.

Jacob Wishnia, President

Other Kosher Certification Organizations


Rabbis Avrohom and Chaim Litvin

Orthodox Union

Rabbi Yosef Levy, Rabbinic Field Representative
OU Kosher Supervision
2515 Twigwood Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45237
(502) 724-9278; (513) 531-1322

JFCS Food Pantry and Emergency Services

2821 Klempner Way
Louisville, KY 40205

JFCS maintains a food pantry for those who need it – not limited to kosher food. The Food Pantry is funded in part by the Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund.

Chevra Kadisha


The Chevra Kadisha, or Jewish burial society, is composed of men and women who perform the mitzvah of ritual purification (preparation and dressing) of the body of the deceased for burial in a ceremony known as Taharah. These rites have their roots in Biblical times and are performed by individuals who volunteer to become members of the society. Louisville’s Chevra Kadisha is made up of 16-20 individuals representing all local synagogues and temples. The group ranges in age from 40 to 80. If you are interested in learning more about the Chevra Kadisha, please contact Herman Meyer & Son Funeral Directors, 502-458-9569.

Kosher foods in Louisville

as certified by the Louisville Vaad HaKashruth:

Hyatt Regency Louisville
(Kosher catering only)
311 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY  40202
Kosher catering available in the hotel and other locations.

Jewish Community Center Kitchen
3600 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY  40205
502-459-0660 ext. 122

Jewish Community Center Outdoor Café 

Opens:  Memorial Day; Closes: Labor Day

Jewish Hospital 
(Kosher Kitchen only)
200 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY  40202

Kosher Meats, Bread & Grocery Products
3039 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville, KY  40220

For more information about Kosher products –  from individuals wanting to purchase kosher goods or manufacturers wanting to produce them – contact the Louisville Vaad Hakashruth.