European Rabbis Initiate Bill Against Kosher Fraud


kashrus-conferenceLeading rabbis in Europe are taking action to obtain recognition of the local kosher authorities as the sole authority for issuing kosher certification in EU member states, similar to the status enjoyed by local rabbinates in Israel. They are doing so by issuing a bill against falsification of kosher certifications, similar to the law in Israel.

The standing committee of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) held a conference in France, which was concluded Wednesday. CER Chairman Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt announced his intentions to launch negotiations on the kosher matter with EU leaders.

Those spearheading the move presented the rabbis at the conference with a worrisome picture of kosher bodies hailing from outside of Europe – some of them fictitious – that circumvent local rabbinical authorities to issue kosher certification to factories throughout the continent.

Rabbis from Africa and Australia reportedly indicated a similar problem.

The recommended solution is to obligate food manufacturers to produce kosher certificates only from local rabbis, and only then to obtain kosher certification from bodies outside of Europe, similar to the system in place in Israel.

The CER standing committee meets once every two years to discuss a range of topics on the agenda for European Judaism.

{Ynet/Yair Israel}


  1. Allen of Herksher Zedek now called Magen Zedek and the liberal Orthodox group Uri Tzedek are building on the suffering of Rubashkin. Uri Lezedek has launched its own ethical heksher called the Tav Hayashar for restaurants. Its time for us to boycott these two who attacked Sholom Mordechai. Yankolovich of Uri Lezdek wrote in the Jewish Week that Sholom Mordechia deserved to be in jail for Pesach. He heads this groups so called Herksher. We need to boycott them. This is a list of the restaurants. contact them and tell them as long as they have the so called Heksher you are going somewhere else.
    16 Handles – 153 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 212-260-4414
    Bagel Boss (Manhattan Location)- 263 1st Avenue, New York, NY 212-388-9292
    Cafe Nana – 606 W 115th St – 347.244.0033Cafe 11 – 11 Broadway – 212.425.2233Dovid’s Kosher Food Stand – 27 William St (Beaver St & Exchange Pl) – 212.248.9008Hartley Kosher Deli – W 114 St (Broadway & Amsterdam Ave) – 212.854.5111Hewitt Kosher Dining – W 116 St & Broadway – 212.854.6663Noah’s Ark Original Deli – 399 Grand St – 212.674.2200Sacred Chow – 227 Sullivan St (W 3 & Bleecker St) – 212.337.0863Soom Soom – 166 W 72 St – 212.712.2525Stogo – 159 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 212-677-2301
    Supersol West Side – 661 Amsterdam Ave – 212.222.6332Tease – 379 3rd Avenue, New York, NY – 212-889-8727
    (V) Vegetarian Sandwich Bar – 1259 Park Ave (E 97 & 98 St) – 212.360.7185Your Heights Cafe – 4413 Broadway – 212.544.9044
    BRONX:Geshmake Fish Market – 513 W 236 St – 718.432.5157‎Mr Bagel Cafe & Catering – 5672 Broadway, Bronx, NY 718-549-0408
    Nathan’s Kosher Meats – 570 W 235 St – 718.548.1723Riverdale Kosher Market – 5683 Riverdale Ave – 718.884.2222Silverleaf Caterers – 5672 Broadway, Bronx, NY 201-304-5559
    QUEENS:A and A Gourmet – 188-09 Union Turnpike – 718.468.0903Isaac’s Prime Beef – 189-19 Union Turnpike – 718.217.9299Subway – 14124 Jewel Ave – 718.544.7827