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December 4, 2013 6:23 pm

Israeli Rabbinate to Allow Women to be Kashrut Supervisors

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Women will be able to work as Kashrut supervisors in Israel for the first time. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Israel’s Chief Rabbinate will allow women to become Kashrut supervisors for the first time in the wake of a petition filed by the Emuhah women’s rights group to the High Court of Justice.

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau has decided to remove stipulations from the guidelines preventing women from applying for the job. Emunah, which has advocated for this change for two years, created a course to train women to work as Kashrut supervisors.

“This is without doubt a historic breakthrough and achievement,” Emunah Chairwoman Liora Minke said following the announcement of the decision.

Member of Knesset Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) said the Chief Rabbinate “must continue to find ways to make itself more accommodating to reality in Israel.”

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