Chief Rabbinate Update – 13/2010

Chief Rabbinate of Israel
Fraud Division
Kashrut Alert – 13

24 Adar 5770
March 10, 2010
chief-rabbinate-of-israel1As per the Jerusalem Religious Council, the Jerusalem Rabbinate DOES NOT give kashrut supervision to the Beit Knesset HaGadol (Jerusalem Great Synagogue) hall located at 56 King George Street despite claims made by the shul of being “kosher mehadrin”. Any attempt to present the facility as under private kosher supervision represents misleading the public. Rabbonim may not conduct weddings ceremonies in the hall as a result. (Item 1 in Hebrew original – photo on left side)

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Of late, a white chocolate product depicting cats on the box called “Katzenzungen” (barcode 9002859040986) is being sold by an Australian company and distributed locally by a Kfar Saba distribution firm. The importer label claims the product is “Kosher for Passover – Chug Rambam” but the original packaging has no kosher claim and there are serious suspicions regarding the product’s kosher claim, yet along “kosher for Passover” claim. (Item 2 in original Hebrew – photo right side)

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As per an update from Rabbi Naftali Shlomo Shlita, rabbi of the Gezer Council, along with the Badatz Beit Yosef agency, the Tavlin company has lost its kosher supervision and therefore, one may no longer use its products. (Item 3 in Hebrew original on the left side)

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Tzfat (Safed) Rabbinate reports of late, a “ishur” testifying to the kashrut of a product marked “bittersweet parve cocoa” under the Chief Rabbinate of Tzfat is bogus, and the product has never been under the Tzfat supervision. The original legitimate ishur (permit) was given for bittersweet parve chocolate but it was modified to produce the forged document making the same claim for the cocoa. (Item 4 in Hebrew original – photo left side)

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The Ashkelon Rabbinate reports the L. Eshel Food Service Company is not under its supervision and therefore, accepts no responsibility for its products.

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The Rosh HaAyin has removed its supervision from the Kol Bo Basar Butcher, located in the old commercial center in that city. The store failed to adhere to the kashrut standard required to maintain supervision.

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The Tel Aviv Rabbinate wishes to inform the public that the Classy Yossi Restaurant – 47 Matalon Street – Advertises as “kosher mehadrin” without authorization.

Correction regarding the posting provided in the previous update, the store does have regular non-mehadrin supervision from the Tel Aviv Rabbinate.

One must always check that the store has a valid kashrut certificate prior to eating.

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Regarding the many inquiries pertaining to Similac baby formula – a hechsher has been given for Passover for the following (worth viewing photos for those who feel the product is applicable).
Isomil, Isomil Taf, Similac Top 1, 2, & 3, and Similac Advanced 1,2, & 3. (Top photo of second page of original Hebrew document)

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Notification from the slaughterhouse dept. – As Passover approaches, there is increased activity in the black market, trying to peddle meat products. Therefore, increase vigilance is demanded accompanied by scrutiny regarding all forms and paperwork to ensure the authenticity of products being delivered.

Additional details pertaining to mashgichim not being translated.

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Warning: There are bottles marked “pure olive oil” which in reality are a compound of substances. They may be marked “kosher for Passover” and contain kitniot (legumes) and at times, even the kosher claim is bogus. The attractive low price is a signal to consumers that many of these contain soya (soy bean) oil.

In addition, at times, red paprika is also mixed with soya and one may not be aware, regarding kitniot for Passover.

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Due to concerns that residue of wheat may be mixed in corn, persons are instructed to cook all corn dishes ahead of time, checking and acting appropriately to eliminate fears of the chametz during the holiday. (Obviously for those who eat kitniot on Pessach).

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Red Lentils – Most red lentils imported to Israel are mixed with an oil and citric acid, the source being undoubtedly from chametz origin. Therefore, this item is not permitted, even for those whose custom permits using legumes.

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Note pertaining to coconut, peanut, walnut and almond cookies: some bakeries are already manufacturing these items generally associated with Passover. Some contain matzah meal and the manufacture equipment is not kosher for Passover. Therefore, one intending such items for use on Passover must remain vigilent that the items are legitimately labeled “kosher for Passover”.

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Helpful telephone numbers to inquire as to the kosher for Passover certification of pharmacological products. This is in accordance with the list prepared by Rabbi Menachem Rosenberg Shlita, the chief rabbi of the Clalit Kupat Cholim (HMO) and his assistant Rabbi Chaim Kaufman Shlita.

The free Passover hotline number which begins operating on 5 Nissan (March 24, 2010) until 13 Nissan (March 28, 2010) between 5:00pm-9:00pm and on Saturday night beginning one hour following the termination of Shabbos until 11:00pm.

The numbers to call is 077-729-2896, 03-9320739, 08-949-4743, 04-984-7972, 02-571-3285.

One may also find information on the website .

Link to original Hebrew document.
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