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July 4, 2012 11:13 am

Chief Rabbi Wants Kosher Rating System for Hotels

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Israel’s chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, is in the process of formulating and attempting to implement a system that will rank hotels in the Jewish state by their level of “kosherness”.

The system will provide 1 star for the least kosher hotel, and 5 for the most – much like the ratings system given to hotels for their overall accomodations.

“So far we held several meetings and workshops is towards the end,” Metzger said. His office told the Maariv newspaper “that the matter is in the initial examination phase and it is unclear whether it will come to fruition.”

A hotel that boasts a normal Kosher certificate, will receive two stars.  Five stars will take separate pool hours for men and women, appropriate dress for employees, and will take special consideration when selecting music for the lobby.

Non-Jewish workers in the kitchen will give the hotel 3 stars (provided they meet the requirements in the first two ratings levels), and in order to get 4 stars from the chief rabbi’s new system, the hotel must have a butcher on staff who can certify food as kosher.

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