“I can’t afford the kosher supervision,” said Bosich, who is actively looking for a new supervisor that is less expensive. “It’s a hard time for everyone right now since the economy is so bad.”
A message from his former supervisor, Rabbi Aaron Hamaoui of the Sephardic Community of Greater Boston, explains that this “was not due to a violation, but a business decision made by the proprietor.”
In 2007, Bosich expanded his Commonwealth Avenue business, opening a grocery store, a catering operation, and a restaurant called the Avenue Deli.
However, a decline in business after losing his supervision has forced Bosich to sell the bakery and he is considering selling the deli too, he said.
Despite losing his supervision, Bosich said nothing has changed in how his food is cooked or prepared.
“The customers that know me for so many years, they are still shopping with me because I still do kosher,” he said.
Bosich said if he is unable to find a supervisor by Rosh Hashanah, he may be forced to stop selling kosher.
“I do business just shaking hands,” he said. “I hope to keep my business kosher but business is business and I have to support my family.”