Egged Employee Cafeteria in the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station

17 Teves 5774
December 20, 2013

The following information is translated from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Enforcement Unit Bulletin No. 6 dated 16 Teves 5774/December 19, 2013 .

Inspectors found that in the Egged Bus Company employee cafeteria in the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station there is a sign indicating the eatery complies with the kashrus standards of Tel Aviv City Hall.

Tel Aviv City Hall is not in the business of granting kosher certification. The Tel Aviv Rabbinate confirms it does not give a hashgacha to the cafeteria and as such, assumes no responsibility for the kashrus.

The inspection revealed meat and dairy products are served without any separation between them. They are also using greens that are not of the “gush katif” insect-free variety.

Shomer Shabbos drivers are requested to demand legitimate kashrus certification by the rabbinate and not to make do with the photocopy from a catering concern.

2 Comments

  • Refael Avraham Yitzchock
    December 20, 2013 - 16:19 | Permalink

    →”The Egged Cooperative, the largest transportation operator in Israel, was established in 1933 when four public transportation companies were merged into one. Egged operates 55% of the country’s public transportation service lines.”
    →As a cooperative, even though they operate as an independent agency are under the guidelines of the Government of Israel (fallacy.)
    ► It is NOT the responsibility of the Shomer Shabbat drivers to request or demand legitimate kashrut certification on the Egged employee caferteria in the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. A preference amongst major employers in Israel is to hire non-Shomer Shabbat employees as there is less hassle/demand with these employees. Shomer Shabbat employees generally keep a low profile so as not to receive sometimes slighted comments.
    ►Since the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Enforcement Unit is a Israel governmental agency and supposedly a Kashrut Watch-Dog agency for those living in Israel, we as kashrut observant consumers demand of “them” to take Egged to task. Negligence is when someone tries to ‘pass the buck’ when it is really their responsibility to take care of the matter.
    ► I strongly appeal that everyone reading this posting, write to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Enforcement Unit and implore them to stop shirking their responsibility considering it is their job.
    ↔Shabbat Shalom To All↔

  • Pesach Rogoway
    December 24, 2013 - 13:07 | Permalink

    Agree. Why not start a petition. I think there is at least one website that runs petition handling.

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