Kashrut Regulations for Hotels, Spring 2015

A Revolution in the Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrut Regulations, following Hiddush’s Battle!

In March 2015, Hiddush was notified that the Chief Rabbinate had updated its kashrut regulations for hotels, hostels and event halls to be in accordance with Israeli law. Finally, kashrut certification will only be granted upon the basis of whether the certified food is kosher or not!

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Chief Rabbinate’s old kashrut regulations for hotels and event halls Chief Rabbinate’s new kashrut regulations for hotels and event halls
  • 13 clauses related to Shabbat practices in hotels
  • 9 clauses related to Shabbat practices in hotels
  • Events organized in hotels on Shabbat and on holidays forbidden from making use of filming, video and musical equipment
  • Events organized in hotels on Shabbat and on holidays only forbidden from making use of filming, video and musical equipment during the serving of food at the hotel
  • Prohibition against non-Jewish holiday symbols for Sylvester and Christmas, like fir trees
  • No prohibition against non-Jewish holiday symbols
  • Prohibition against Jewish employees working at the check-in/out desk and accepting payments on Shabbat
  • No prohibition against Jewish employees working at the check-in/out desk and accepting payments on Shabbat
  • All hotels elevators required to be usable on Shabbat according to halakha
  • Only the elevator use for delivering food and ingredients required to usable on Shabbat according to halakha

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