About Jerusalem Kosher News

6 Adar 5769

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jerusalem Kosher News began as a modest effort to educate a small number of readers as to the complexities of the kosher scene in Eretz Yisrael. It has since developed into a source of reliable information for many residents and visitors alike, with an emphasis on kashrut in the capital.

JKN postings are now read around the world, routinely relied upon by many kashrut watchdog agencies. On that note, the postings appearing in this forum may be used for non-commercial and commercial use, but only providing the tag “Jerusalem Kosher News” and email subscription information appear. Failure to comply with this minimal request violates the terms of use.

You are invited to visit the website to learn and probe, accessing the many posts that provide a clear look at hotels, restaurants and kashrut agencies, showing that many of the old clichés are unfortunately untrue.

Not everything in Israel or Jerusalem is kosher, reliable, or what it appears to be. There are many “non-authorized” kashrut agencies as per the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, agencies that have inundated Jerusalem and other cities, resulting in many residents and tourists eating in restaurants that they would not enter if only they knew the “mehadrin” certificates are bogus.

You are invited to join the free email list and to post your comments to articles  appearing on this site.

The website is new and a modest effort towards enabling readers to provide feedback, a feature that was not previously available.

Yechiel Spira



  • natalie levine
    May 17, 2012 - 12:46 | Permalink

    Is there any cholov yisroel 38% cream cheese in Israel? I would love to make Shavuous cheesecakes with something like American J&J which performs just like, excuse me, Philly.
    Thanks for your help.

    June 19, 2012 - 17:28 | Permalink

    I would appreciate if you could please give me some information regarding the Hechser for the fresh poultry at the new Osher Ad market in Bet Shemesh?
    Thank you.

  • Marlene ginsburg
    July 31, 2012 - 17:40 | Permalink

    Thank you for what you do on behalf of all of us. May hashem blessyou and your family!

  • avraham dovid ginsburg
    October 27, 2012 - 20:44 | Permalink

    Thank you for your wonderful site. I cannot find your article on Rabbanut yerushalayim mehadrin. If you can please send me a link. If you took it down please explain why. thank you.

  • ester
    February 10, 2013 - 20:57 | Permalink

    There is an air-catering and dinner packages and Shabbat seudoth which are sold in Europe under a hechsher which is 9 years old. Where can one inform the public ?

    February 24, 2013 - 13:19 | Permalink


  • Alexander Gofer
    February 26, 2013 - 22:29 | Permalink

    Since Badatz Rabbanut Yerushalayim does not have its own Schita (as far as I know), which Schitas and hashgachas do they approve to be under the Badatz Rabbanut Yerushalayim teuda?


  • Pesach Rogoway
    March 5, 2013 - 10:24 | Permalink

    Could you please point to one or more sources (English or Hebrew) that discuss the differences between Badatz/Mehadrin and “ordinary Rabbanut” kashrut for products and establishments? We do not want a list of products or restaurants bu rather a set of halachic principles and the sources that discuss those.

  • Gittel
    July 3, 2013 - 12:26 | Permalink

    Please start giving your kashrus classes again in Nachlaot. They are in invaluable resource!!

  • yitzy g
    September 16, 2013 - 02:11 | Permalink

    which hechsheirim does the rabbanut mehadrin(Jerusalem) accept for dairy/meat?

  • ben
    October 15, 2013 - 18:14 | Permalink

    how exactly are you educating anyone? i cant seem to find any info on this website. just photos of various teudot. enen the comments have no response. i want to know the status of ou mehadrin but i find no help here

  • MJ
    August 28, 2014 - 23:07 | Permalink

    Can you please advise on the reliability of the Zichron Yaakov Rabbinut for Kashrus; and the key differences between what the mehadrin and regular rabbinut are; also information to find the route and reliability of the Eruv would be great? Is it considered as widely accepted as with Landua, Rubin and the other various badatzim.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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