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Everything's kosher in Newton

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 29, 2007 07:04 AM

Kosher butcher Richardo Bosich is back where he wants to be ... behind the grill.
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)


For years it was a fact of life, but to Newton's observant Jews it always seemed so, well, . . . not kosher. If you wanted to have a pastrami sandwich while still observing the Jewish dietary laws, you had to leave one of the great centers of Jewish life in Greater Boston and schlep next door to Brookline.

Until earlier this month, that is, when a 49-year-old Sephardic Jew from Uruguay opened what may be the region's only kosher strip of stores.

Ricardo Bosich moved his Gordon & Alperin kosher butchery across Commonwealth Avenue in Newton Centre into a strip of stores that includes the Bodavi Bakers shop, which is run by his wife, Susan Davis. Bosich, who describes himself as a butcher by trade but a chef at heart, expanded his business into a full-service kosher food center that includes the butcher shop and a grocery store under the Gordon & Alperin name, a catering operation, and a new restaurant, the Avenue Deli.

Read more about this story in today's Globe West.

See a photo gallery of Bosich's kosher strip mall.

Listen to patron Sam Bergman explain the importance of kosher food stores to local observant Jews.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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