Jacob Berkman, over at The Fundermentalist, asks an ethical question about a topic that isn’t addressed enough–excessive spending in the Jewish communal world. He’s looking for advice, so check it out:
A guy who works for a non-profit that we cover wants to get lunch today, on him â€” which presumably means on the non-profitâ€™s dime.
He suggested the Prime Grill, a fairly posh kosher steakhouse in Manhattan. Itâ€™s not a bad joint for a date, but for lunch appetizers run between $17 and $25 a pop, and entrees range between $26 and $59.
As much as I was tempted â€“ as the Fundermentalist budget doesnâ€™t allow for many $75 lunches â€“ I wasnâ€™t sure about spending that much on dining, especially when there is a burgeoning food crisis in this country. I raised the issue about the price, and he suggested Wolf and Lamb, another nice, but relatively more moderate kosher steakhouse (appetizers $6-$13, entrees $13-$30), still on him. I agreed.
Did I make the right call? Does your non-profit have a policy about expenditures for work-related meals?
Pronounced: KOH-sher, Origin: Hebrew, adhering to kashrut, the traditional Jewish dietary laws.