Jews love to eat, and Baruch Hashem! The Jews of Bangor don’t go hungry. Here are the primary local resources for kosher food:
353 Maine Street
Shaw’s carries fresh Empire poultry products and Solomon’s beef. (Fresh deliveries usually arrive on Thursday.) They also have a nice selection of “haimishe“ dry goods in the international aisle, herring, lox chummusim and pickles in the delicatessen case, and Kiddush wine.
If you want to bake your own challah but don’t have the time, the Bakery Department at Shaws carries challah dough ready to pop in the oven. They also carry frozen bagels which you can be baked at home. Be sure to ask The Bakery staff for these special products as they are not self serve. The Bakery also has a nice assortment of kosher dairy pastries and cakes, be sure to ask for assistance as not all products are individually labeled.
Hannaford’s carries some frozen poultry, some “haimishe” dry goods, and Kiddush wine. On Friday you can also get challot in the bakery department under the supervision of the KVH/Va’ad of Boston.
State Street Wine Cellar
195 State Street
Stop in and say hello to Shane, the proprietor. He is very tuned in to the needs of Jewish patrons, and stocks a respectable selection of mevushal/non-mevushal wines. He also carries Five Spoke cheddar cheese in several varieties (cheese under the supervision of the Kof-K). He also stocks bottles of Kedem grape juice.
The Natural Living Center
209 Longview Drive
This is our local health food store, and they offer a remarkable array of kosher food under various hechsherim that are unavailable anywhere else in town. Definitely worth a peek!
Bangor Rye Bread/Brick Oven Bakery
183 Hancock Street
Store hours: Monday - Saturday 6:30 AM to Noon.
For baked fresh challot, rye bread and bulkie rolls try Bangor Rye/Brick Oven Bakery. It’s located one block from Congregation Beth Abraham. Be sure to call ahead if you want to purchase challot or rye bread. It needs to be preordered.
Supervision is provided by Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac ben Harav Avraham Yagod
And last but certainly not least, our beloved
Beth Abraham Sisterhood
145 York Street
To order a meal call 207-942-8093
The Sisterhood caters pre-made Shabbat dinners under the supervision of the Morah D’Atra, Rabbi Y.I. Yagod. The complete meal, including Kiddush, challah and dessert, and is only $75 and feeds four people generously. If you’re staying in a hotel over Shabbat, the Sisterhood can also provide “platot” (Shabbat food warmers).
The Sisterhood also stocks a limited assortment of prepackaged coldcuts and cheese. Please check on availability in advanced.
A note about kashrut: With the exception of the Sisterhood meals, Beth Abraham Congregation does not warrant the kashrut standards of any of the products available in the stores above. Please consult Rabbi Yagod for additional information on the standards of kashrut in Bangor.
So make a brachah and ess gezunteh heit!!