Eatery Anger: Restaurateurs are fuming at the Israeli state rabbinate?s monopoly on kosher certification.

Israeli Restaurants Threatened With Lawsuits Over Alternate Kosher Supervision

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has started warning restaurants that use an alternative kosher supervision they will face legal action if they continue to present themselves as kosher.

The warning notices circulated Wednesday came two days after Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that businesses cannot describe themselves as kosher unless they have official certification from the rabbinate. The ruling includes indicating that the business is kosher even if it uses other words to describe its food or services.

Many of the businesses receiving notices use Hashgacha Pratit, translated as private certification, a well-known private kashrut supervision service. Hashgacha Pratit director Ayala Falk told The Jerusalem Post that the organization is rewording the supervision certificate it gives to restaurants using its services in order to comply with the Supreme Court ruling.

At least 25 food businesses are certified by the private service.


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Israeli Restaurants Threatened With Lawsuits Over Alternate Kosher Supervision

Thank you!

This article has been sent!