Teller Breads, Eida Certificate + More

1. Teller Bakery – Jerusalem 
2. Post Note on Morano Nuts & Seeds (Machane Yehuda – Jerusalem) 
3. Eida Chareidit Going Laminated 
4. Badatz R’ Rubin – Supervision List 
5. G‘mar Chatima Tova!
 

Friday, September 25, 2009
7 Tishrei 5770

teller-shuk-sign1. Teller Bakery – Jerusalem
I continue to receive a growing number of requests from readers regarding Teller Bakery on Agrippas Street, in Jerusalem, near Machane Yehuda, AKA “The Shuk”. 

The bakery and its satellite sales store in the shuk are under the Jerusalem Rabbinate Mehadrin. I spoke with Rabbi Chaim Gamliel, the over-see-er of the store’s mashgiach, Rabbi Yaakov Lublin, and I was informed the mashgiach “lives nearby” and therefore, his visitations are facilitated by geographical realities.

teller-shuk-j-rabbinate-mehadrin-certicateRabbi Gamliel explained only Rabbi Lublin sets aside challah, and he also ensures flour is sifted to remove unwanted creatures and everything is truly supervised on a ‘mehadrin’ level. He explained that there is a stringent system regarding the bakery’s making dough and setting aside challah; and a daily list with times and details to ensure no breads pass without separating challah chas v’sholom.

R’ Gamliel assures me that the most demanding client can buy the Teller products with the assurance kashrut is maintained on a high level, without compromise, and the breads are ‘pat yisrael’ to the letter of the law, and all necessary steps are taken to ensure adherence to strict kashrut dictates.

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2. Post Note on Morano Nuts & Seeds (Machane Yehuda – Jerusalem)

Belz Hechsher

Belz Hechsher

Sorry for you email recipients but I realized the website version differed slightly from the email you received. In the email, I forgot to include that the nuts coated with hot chocolate made in the store in the shuk are indeed covered by the Belz hechsher, as per the mashgiach and his supervisor.

In short, the store covers all nuts, seeds, dried fruits and nut products, with or without chocolate covering. The candies, gum drops and that stuff is not under the Belz supervision I reported last week.

The Badatz Beit Yosef certificate is explained in the original article. I did not question the chocolate covered nuts regarding Beit Yosef’s coverage.

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3. Eida Chareidit Going Laminated
falafel-hashalom-eida-signAll I can say is “keep calling”. It appears articles, public pressure perhaps, and an awareness that we are in an era in which anyone can fraudulently produce a letterhead kashrut certificate that has compelled the Eida Chareidit to begin changing over to laminated kosher certificates. This is a big step, a positive move away from the organization’s letterhead pieces of white paper, easily forged on one’s home computer and printer. The changeover process will not be expeditious it appears, and while many stores already have the new signs, my contacts in the Eida office indicate it will be a bit of time until the old paper certificates are retired.

Old Eida paper certificate

Old Eida paper certificate

For those of you who accompanied me on shuk tours, you are aware I am also critical of Badatz Agudat Yisrael, an agency that has inadequate signs, signs that are too easily forged and many times, leaving shoppers wondering if they are legitimate of otherwise.

I respectfully suggest reader phone Badatz Agudat Yisrael, requesting it follow suit, since the Agudah certificates are truly inadequate in this day and age. The kashrut organizations are making money and they can afford this, and we, as consumers must begin making requests/demands as well, towards enhanced kashrut for all. 

(Agudat Yisrael – 02-538-5251 (office) 02-538-5145 (fax)).

New Eida Sign - Large view

New Eida Sign - Large view

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4. Badatz R’ Rubin – Supervision List
A number of errors were made in my attempt to decipher the Hebrew and present the names of eateries in respectable English in the original posting. The corrected version appears on the website, where the list of 50 plus places has been amended. Thanks to readers to assisted in realizing some of the errors.

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5. G‘mar Chatima Tova!
yom-kippur-machzorWhat remains it to wish readers a Gmar Chatima Tova, may Hashem inscribe Am Yisrael in the Book of Good Life.

The next posting will not be until following Yom Kippur blei neder.
Shabbat Shalom to all.

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