Jerusalem Rabbinate – Dial 4664 for Verification

1 Adar 5770
February 15, 2010

cellphone2The Jerusalem Rabbinate has implemented a new service, cellular telephone text messaging verification of a kosher certificate.

One may dial ‘4664’ and in the message write “kosher” [in Hebrew], space, and the name of the store [in Hebrew] and send it. Within seconds, you will receive a response from the Jerusalem Rabbinate database confirming the store’s kashrut status, in addition to some extra information pertaining to mehadrin and shmitah for example.

I tested it on a number of stores; some appear not yet in the system but it worked quite well.

I tracked down the company providing the SMS service and was told each inquiry will result in a .50 agorot charge on one’s cell phone bill.

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