The Israeli Chief Rabbinate issued an official warning that the Masorti Movement’s kosher certification is invalid and illegal after a boutique winery in the desert town of Miztpe Ramon decided to seek certification from the pluralistic movement affiliated with Conservative Judaism, according to Haaretz.
“The Conservative Movement is forbidden by law to authorize kashrut,” the Rabbinate wrote on its website, Haaretz reported.
Rujum, the Mitzpe Ramon winery, decided to challenge the Rabbinate’s monopoly on kashrut supervision by working with the Masorti Movement, whose standards differ from the Rabbinate’s in that it permits non-religious Jews and non-Jews to help produce the wine, but makes requirements involving employees’ treatment and wages, Haaretz said.
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