What does it mean for kosher dining and vegan dining to form an alliance in the marketplace of a college cafeteria? In some respects, the kosher-vegan alliance reinforces the popular assumption that "kosher" equals
"healthy," an idea explored at length in Sue Fishkoff's recent book, Kosher Nation, which chronicles the story of kashrut's Americanization. The fact that a small liberal arts college in rural Pennsylvania is literally "catering" to two
niche dietary needs is also a symbolic attempt at inclusivity and an acknowledgement of student diversity. But, what interests me most about the success of the KoVe on campus is the extent to which it is a product of what has
been called a "new Jewish food movement"- a popular current that marries kashrut and environmental sustainability toward a new reading of traditional Jewish practices.