New Jerusalem Rabbinate Teudat Kashrut

14 Elul 5773
August 20, 2013

The Jerusalem Rabbinate has released a new teudat kashrus called “mehuderet”. Below is a photo of the certificate from a meat restaurant.

To the best of my understanding this new teudat kashrut level is an intermediary level, rating a restaurant between regular and mehadrin.

It details some of the criteria.
1. The meat is under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, imported “glatt mehadrin” shechita from abroad.
2. Poultry is “mehadrin” and certified from one of the local rabbinates in Israel.
3. The greens are “Gush Katif” type, grown in hothouses and free of infestation. (this is supposed to be the case for all restaurants certified by the Jerusalem Rabbinate, including regular non-mehadrin).
4. Stringent adherence to Bishul Yisrael for all (including Beit Yosef).



  • Ben Waxman
    August 20, 2013 - 07:28 | Permalink

    so what is the difference between this heksher and mehadrin?

  • yechiel-admin
    August 20, 2013 - 09:26 | Permalink

    For one thing I realize that while for the mehadrin hashgacha a store may only use Jerusalem Rabbinate slaughter, both meat and poultry, this intermediate level permits meats and poultry certified by an local rabbinate in the country.

  • Menucha
    August 20, 2013 - 13:52 | Permalink

    What about dairy?

  • Dovid Stein
    August 20, 2013 - 14:12 | Permalink

    So, this is a lower level than mehadrin ?

  • Shy Guy
    August 20, 2013 - 14:14 | Permalink

    Oh brother. Nothing like more confusion. 3 levels of certificates! Am I the only one who finds this idiotic and mostly catering to restaurants that don’t really care?

  • yechiel-admin
    August 20, 2013 - 16:50 | Permalink

    Yes, it appears to be lower than mehadrin

  • Tal Kohn
    August 20, 2013 - 22:00 | Permalink

    Any info on differences between the on-site hashgachah for this level and m’hadrin?

  • yechiel nussbaum
    August 20, 2013 - 22:23 | Permalink

    Reb Yechiel,
    Do you think these are being offered in order to remove the name mehadrin in those circumstances that you and the chief rabbinate felt that the standards could not really be called mehadrin? More importantly does this mean that there will now be more supervision on those stores that retain the mehadrin certification? thanks y.n.

  • August 21, 2013 - 06:59 | Permalink

    It appears according to limited information reported to date the new certification is to permit a store that cannot afford mehadrin supervision, i.e. more mashgiach hours and other stringencies, a supervision that is higher than the regular.

    I have not seen any indication of change in other levels.

  • David
    August 25, 2013 - 18:04 | Permalink

    It’s really good that they chose a name, Mehuderet, that will simply confuse.

    How is the average person supposed to know that it goes, Kosher, Mehuderet, Mehadrin?

    Why have a clear system when you can cause confusion on top of an already chaotic system?

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