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Oct 17, 2012 11:36 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Beach Bakery No Longer Supported As Kosher By Hampton Synagogue

Oct 17, 2012 1:53 PM

The Beach Bakery on Main Street in Westhampton Beach is no longer under the Kosher supervision of the Hampton Synagogue, according to a letter obtained by The Press that was sent to all members of the synagogue.

According to the letter, which is dated October 16 and signed by both Rabbi Marc Schneier and Synagogue President Morris Tuchman, the proprietor of the bakery, Simon Jorna, has made it clear to synagogue officials that since receiving approvals for his bakery to be expanded into a luncheonette, he will no longer be able to keep Kosher.

“Since an ongoing commitment by an establishment to Kashrut observance is essential for the integrity of our certifying it, and consistent with our duty and obligations to the Jewish community of Westhampton Beach, and the Jewish community at large, as of Wednesday morning, October 17, 2012, the Beach Bakery Cafe will no longer be under the Kosher Supervision of the Hampton Synagogue,” the letter states. Rabbi Schneier did not return calls for comment on Wednesday.

According to Mr. Jorna, the decision to not keep Kosher stems from a disagreement between him and Rabbi Schneier in August about the synagogue having outside caterers for events when the bakery was supposed to be used. He also said that recently the synagogue began offering breakfast on Sunday mornings, taking away some of his customers. He said he approached the synagogue about not keeping Kosher after November 15 and was surprised when he learned about the letter putting it into effect this week.

“It doesn’t make sense for me to stay Kosher,” Mr. Jorna said.

This week, Mr. Jorna said he has had a very positive relationship with the synagogue for approximately 20 years and he felt that both his business and the synagogue were able to grow through their partnership. He said throughout their working relationship, the synagogue would come and inspect the bakery two or three times a week to make sure food was being stored properly according to Jewish law and to check his ordering receipts.

Now that he is not being held to Kosher standards, Mr. Jorna said he would be able to change his menu, and in the future will be able to offer options he could not in the past, like sandwiches with meat and cheese.

“We had a great marriage together for 20 years,” Mr. Jorna said. “We always worked well together—they were able to get bigger because they had a Kosher restaurant, and we grew because of their business.

“I like my Jewish clientele,” he continued. “They have always been very good to me, and I will miss them.”

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I can think of 2 people in this artile that the town could do without .
By 5-0 (44), Montauk Point on Oct 17, 12 1:29 PM
I'd like one Ham and Swiss with extra mustard...lol.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Oct 17, 12 1:58 PM
Oy vey!
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Oct 17, 12 3:54 PM
I couldn't imagine WH W/O the Beach Backery... Mr Jorna's place is one of the best family features of WH, not to mention the beauty of the building and the wonderful music he brings in in the summer. Good luck Mr J!!!
By Soundview (89), Hampton bays on Oct 17, 12 5:07 PM
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There is no longer any possibility of encountering Marc Schneier at the Beach Bakery? My patronage thereat will certainly change in frequency!
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 17, 12 5:36 PM
I never knew it was kosher in the first place. I just don't notice that stuff. That being said, are there even any other kosher restaurants in WHB? I think not, Even the bagel place?
By Hambone (514), New York on Oct 17, 12 10:03 PM
Slow news day.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 18, 12 8:29 AM
Dentists and Gastroenterologists will continue to endorse the Bakery.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 18, 12 8:31 AM
Will they have bacon too?
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 18, 12 9:02 AM
There are so many things wrong with story both in content and implied relevance it is difficult to decide where to begin dissecting it. As you read the story it seems implied that at the end of the day this was about MONEY. Simon it is said was not happy about the Synagogue using an outside caterer for events when there was an actual or implicit agreement that the bakery would be used. So that begs the question what did this Kosher certification entail from a commitment standpoint regarding the ...more
By circaWHB (9), Westhampton Beach on Oct 18, 12 1:59 PM
The Agnostic in me agrees:

"To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today."

~Isaac Asimov

By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 18, 12 5:41 PM
Simon does not pay any attention to the place and has not for several years now.
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton N.Y. on Oct 21, 12 4:15 PM