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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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  • Eric Ehrmann

    Richard Ben Kramer tells a very interesting story that he may even have written about in a Philadelphia newspaper when he worked for its foreign bureau in Israel…

    At any rate, it has to do with Kashruth Law and the mixing meat and milk food vapors emanating from steam tables covered by a tent-like protection at an important hotel, frequented by wealthy tourists.

    I heard this story in Manhattan many years ago in the company of some media friends, at a Chinese restaurant, one of whom as an editor on the Wall Street Journal. As Richard told the story, the remedy to the vapor situation involved the use of a dog to sniff the vapors.

    If Richard is still hanging around Jerusalem, or maybe eating cracked crab somewhere near the Choptank River in Maryland where he used to hang out a while back, his account would be offer support for the rating system. I can’t locate the story on the internet right now. But it certainly offers an illuminating contribution to the oralistic dimension in suppot of the system discussed in this article.