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Rabbanut kashrut update #6

Recently the rabbanut has had a lot of complaints regarding the food stands in gas stations and the like, where bakery products and/or sandwiches are sold and can be heated up.  There can be several kashrut issues with these stands- mixing meat and dairy, the need of a mashgiach, and whether these products have hashgacha whatsoever.  The rabbanut reminds the public to look for a valid kashrut certificate in each place that you desire to purchase food.

The butcher shop “Super Of” in Kiryat Gat was caught during its last inspection selling unidentified meat that was under suspicion of being treif that was brought in from the Palestinian Authority illegally.  The Pitzuach unit dealt with the illegal import of meat and their kashrut certification was taken away immediately. Despite that, they are still advertising that their meat is kashered under supervision of the Jerusalem rabbinate which is false.

Balkan Bakery’s חישוקי גבינה are falsely labelled as pareve.   They are in fact dairy.  The manufacturer is claiming that the products labelled as pareve are forgeries, and the public is asked to check the kashrut symbol on the inside of the package to confirm that it matches the symbol on the outside.

Inside the package of some Brunch & Crunch mushroom blintzes (pareve) are actually cheese blintzes (dairy).   Please be aware of the possible error and act accordingly.

The Orchiada restaurant in Eilat is no longer under kashrut supervision.

The rabbanut warns people who plan to eat aboard a tourist yacht in Eilat that there has been several instances of false advertising that the food is under kashrut supervision.  The public is reminded not to accept a photocopied kashrut certificate.

The public is warned of the presence of insects in dried garlic and is asked to peel and wash garlic before using and to refrain from using whole heads of garlic.

The public is warned of the presence of two types of Stella Artois beer on the market- one with kashrut certification and one without.  Make sure to check the label before purchasing.

The Egged restaurant for its drivers in the Tel Aviv bus station is not under any kashrut supervision despite signs stating it as such. Egged drivers that keep kosher are warned to refrain from eating at that restaurant.

Imported products with illegal kashrut certifications:

  • AZTECA tortillas
  • FERTILIA apple cider vinegar
  • MIRI PAK pomegranate concentrate
  • AL-AMAD peanut nougat
  • FIESTA lollipop
  • VAN VARDACH Holland style mayonnaise
  • SPRINGER MALSONS ALPORT Dried brewers yeast

Restaurants/stores with forged kashrut certificates:

  • B’tabun, 53 King George Street, Tel Aviv
  • Roladin, Dizengof Center, Tel Aviv
  • Aladin bakery, 6th floor Tel Aviv new bus station
  • Panes, 6 Hashayetet Street, Nes Ziona and 117 Rothchild, Rishon L’zion
  • Etrog, 35 Haskedim Street, Kiryat Tivon

Lost their kashrut certification:

  • Miznon Hasochnut Hayehudit, 12Kaplan Street, Tel Aviv
  • Kafe Lala, 7 Shderot Lachish, Kiryat Gat
  • Gringos Mexican Bar, 187 Malchei Yisrael Street, Kiryat Gat
  • Denis Restaurant, HaTarnegol Restaurant, and Ulam Hara, North Laguna, Eilat
  • Kornan Dog, Bilu Center, Kiryat Ekron

For  pictures and more information, click here.

Ice skating over Chanukah

For those of us coming from chutz l’aretz, Chanukah generally is associated with winter sports such as sledding, skiing and skating.  In Israel, it is a bit warmer so we look to other sports.  However, if you still miss ice skating, here is a list of the places in Israel you can go:

  1. ISkate– located in Tel Aviv inside Luna Park. Open “every day of the year.”  The hours on Chanukah (28 Nov-5 Dec) are 10:00-22:00.  Leumi card and Isracard holders get a 1+1 discount.  American Express card holders get a free ticket with 1200 points (not including Blue).
  2. Canada Center– located in Metula.  Open Monday-Saturday. It is cheaper to buy tickets online than at the door.  Leumi card holders can get a 1+1 discount. If you don’t have one, you can get 10% off admission by clicking on this coupon:  cupon
  3. Yes Planet in Rishon L’zion will be opening a ice skating rink especially for Chanukah is honor of the new Disney movie “Frozen” (לשבור את הקרח).  Whoever buys a ticket to the movie or spends at least 25 shekels in the restaurant (kosher) can ice skate for free! Including skates!
  4. AchlaKerach– located in Maalot.  Open every day of the week.  Visa CAL card holders get a 1+1 discount.
  5. Ice Peaks– located in Holon.  Open every day of the week. Visa CAL and Leumi card holders get a 1+1 discount and there any many more discounts available through different groups- click here for a full listing.
  6. Ice Peaks– located in Kenyon Lev, Ashdod.  Also has discounts but recommends you check with your credit card/ group web site.
  7. Ice Mall– located in Eilat.  Open every day of the week.  For those who miss Vegas, this sounds like a good replacement.  Some of the attractions in the mall include an ice train, a snow igloo, and Babylon games park, along with all the other clothing stores and restaurants.  50% discount for Eilat residents.
  8. Ice Space– located in Eilat.  If you are looking for that frozen experience but do NOT want to ice skate, this is the place.  It is a whole district made out of ice. There is sledding, sculpture exhibits and more.  They provide the winter gear.  Open every day of the week.  Visa CAL and Isracard holders get a 1+1 discount.

Each place has a different minimum age for entrance- check before going.  None of these places allow pregnant women to skate.  Prices are by the hour or half hour so check before you go.


Kashrut update from the Rabbanut

Did you know the Rabbanut puts out kashrut updates regularly?  You can find them on their web site.

The most recent one is filled with a lot of interesting information- I will summarize as many as I can here.

How to find Kosher Magnum ice cream in chul 

Look for the special symbol on the package- the Unilever heart is not enough.

Fake kashrut in Eilat

First Club Hotel and Tarshish 9 restaurant are not kosher despite them advertising as such.

Forged labeling of meat and fish

Paskovitz meat with an Omega 3 label and kashrut symbol from Chatam Sofer is fake.  Look or the Meat Man symbol seen below.

The rabbanut warns people that frozen red tuna imported by D.S.P.C. does not have hasgacha (bar code 7290010679317).

During the month of Ramadan there is a lot of illegal slaughter outside of slaughterhouses and without veterinary supervision.  This meat, especially beef legs and sheep fat (used in shwarma), is sold at a much lower than normal price.  The rabbanut warns people to be suspicious of any meat product that is much cheaper than the standard price- it is most likely not kosher and not legally produced.

This is an extremely lucrative business in Israel, especially meat and eggs.   It is not just a kashrut issue- it is a health issue.  These products are brought over the border illegally without refrigeration and sold for huge amounts of money.  I would like to dedicate more space to this issue so please read about it in a separate post.

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