Women in the kitchen, professionally

The rabbinate clears a path for females to act as kashrut supervisors

May 15, 2014 11:33
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Orthodox women

Orthodox women attend a course for kashrut supervisors at the Emunah College for Jewish Women’s Studies in Jerusalem last year.. (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER / FLASH 90)

In a step that further expands the opportunities for women to serve as recognized authorities in Jewish law, the Chief Rabbinate for the first time is allowing women to serve as kashrut supervisors.

Nine women took the Chief Rabbinate’s kashrut supervision exam last week in Jerusalem. Should they pass, they will become the first women qualified to enforce Jewish dietary laws in any Israeli institution the Chief Rabbinate certifies as kosher.


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