Some 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.
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