Take Me Out to the (Kosher) Ballgame

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Going to the ballpark this summer in the U.S. (and now in Israel) need not mean sweaty salami or soggy tuna fish sandwiches for the kosher community.

Kosher Sports Inc. provides kosher hot dogs at stadiums in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Miami. Strikly Kosher has metro New York covered, with stands at Yankee Stadium, Giants Stadium, Continental Arena, Nassau Coliseum and Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the minor league Staten Island Yankees. The Staten Island team even has bentchers embossed with the team name for those who don't want to miss Mincha or Maariv at the ballgame.

The Jewish Press reported last summer that Chabad of New Hampshire was bringing kosher food to select home games of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, N.H.

The Los Angeles Dodgers serve kosher hot dogs at several games each year, as do the Arizona Diamondbacks.

But we think the best option for kosher baseball fans is the Israel Baseball League, set to begin its inaugural season in Israel on June 24 with teams like the Bet Shemesh Blue Sox, Raanana Lightning and Petah Tikva Pioneers, managed by the likes of former NY. Met Art Shamsky, former N.Y. Yankee Ron Blomberg and former Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman. There are no games on Shabbat, and all concessions will be kosher.