Lunch at Rashi

In a typical year, Rashi offers an ‘opt in’ hot lunch service to students several days a week for an additional fee. Hot lunches are delivered from your family’s favorite restaurants in the Boston area. Past lunch providers have included Pressed Cafe, Needham House of Pizza, Anna’s Taqueria, Comella’s, A Perfect Taste Catering, Papa Gino’s and Rox Diner.

School lunches are balanced to ensure that each student gets the nutrition that a growing child requires. All lunches are nut-free and gluten-free options are available. All food is kosher-style.

Kosher (Kashrut) Policy

Rashi is a kosher–style facility. It is our hope that a Rashi education helps students cultivate a personal understanding of Judaism and make decisions about how to incorporate Jewish practice into their lives. Additionally, Rashi works diligently to create an atmosphere of community in which people of any background or religious observance level feel respected and comfortable.

Nowhere is this more evident than in our community kashrut policy. The kashrut policy strives to balance a healthy respect for diversity and personal choice with a desire to share and break bread together as a community. If you have any questions about kashrut at Rashi, please don’t hesitate to contact Rabbi Sharon Clevenger (

In order to understand the rules governing the food that is brought into the school, it is important to understand certain terms and ideas about kashrut in general. The origins of the laws come from the Torah and have been expanded, debated, and changed over time.

There are certain foods that are not permissible in Jewish law and at Rashi:

  • Items containing foods that come from pigs (bacon, ham, pepperoni, sausage, etc.);
  • Seafood that doesn’t have fins and scales (lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams, etc.).

Rashi observes the Jewish law that teaches not to mix meat and dairy dishes:

  • Meat includes poultry and beef (but not fish);
  • Dairy is anything that contains even a drop of dairy;
  • Items that don’t contain any meat or dairy elements are known as pareve and have a neutral place in meals: they can be mixed with either meat or dairy items.
student enjoying a pressed cafe lunch