Yerushalayim: “Kosher With No Certificate”


kashrusSome Yerushalayim restaurants aim to alter the dynamic in the kosher supervision industry.

Two years ago, a few Jerusalem restaurant owners decided to give up their kosher certificates. They posted signs in their restaurants that read “Kosher with no certificate,” and even started a Facebook page, which has been gaining momentum.

The dangerous movement was started by Haya Gilboa, a young, formerly observant Jerusalemite, who was troubled by the fact that many of her irreligious friends slowly began leaving Yerushalayim. With the help of Jerusalem City council member Rachel Azaria, she reached Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz, party secretary and head of Sulam Yaakov seminary, and together with the restaurateurs they developed a pilot for a so-called community-run kashrus model.

The pilot gave birth to an entity called “Private Supervision,” which comprises seven Jerusalem businesses: Mizrahi Cafe, Topolino, Trumpeldor, Georgie Pitta, Hamakom Shel Itzik, Karusela, and Arbes Hummus. These restaurants and cafes have hung charters in their storefronts in which they pledge to diners that they adhere to kosher laws.

Unfortunately, this undertaking will lead to a lack of proper supervision and increase the likelihood that people will be eating food that is not kosher or was prepared in a fashion that violates halacha.

Read more at GLOBES ISRAEL.



  1. Yes it make perfectly good sense to trust a ” formerly observant Jerusalemite” that the food she is selling is Kosher. There may well be problems with the system of supervision but this is not an answer. Will the also self declared Kosher GOI prosecute for fraud if is turns out that any of these “Kosher with no certificate,” places are lying? Or will they say: “You have your Kosher and we have out Kosher!”

  2. Question for these well intentioned Private Supervisors. How long before you are followed by the non well intentioned Private Supervisors?

  3. Many years ago, the editor of the Artscroll/Mesorah Publication company, Rav Nosson Scherman related to me about a similar type of incident in the U.S. It was a certain Kosher establishment that was owned by B’nei Torah type people and whose customers were B’nei Torah people. At one point though, it stopped having the Hashgacha. In response to that, on of the Gedolay Torah of that time, Zichrono Livracha, stated that people should not use that place. For even though all of the people who were working there and running it were staunchly Frum people, if they are not big Talmeday Chachamim who clearly know all of the Halachos of Kashrus requirements, problems are going to happen — that they do not even know are problems! And thus they are going to end up thinking certain things are Kosher (and use them for the customers) that in reality are not!

    So yes, good, honest, knowledgeable Mashgichim are always needed.

  4. 3, it is not similar. You are describing an establishment where mistakes can happen (this depends a lot on the sort of food being prepared, some are easy, some are tricky to do properly). The article discusses a “formerly observant” lady, whose food is non kosher.