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The Orthodox Union kashrut authority has published for the first time a booklet
in English providing clear instructions for foreign visitors in Israel about
which food products and restaurants are kosher for Passover.
The OU said
that many thousands of tourists who come to the country for the holiday observe
Passover’s unique dietary laws, but are not sufficiently proficient in Hebrew to
be confident that the food they are buying in supermarkets and other stores
meets their standards of kashrut observance.
The organization has
therefore published tens of thousands of its new booklets and is distributing
them in the central tourist hotspots of Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, and the Gush
Etzion settlement bloc. It is also available on the OU’s website.
OU’s guide is a real revolution for the English-speaking consumer in Israel, and
allows them for the first time to get comprehensive, clear and up-to-date
information about kashrut in Israel over Passover,” said OU director in Israel
“We’re proud to lead this important and necessary process,
and hope to turn it into a long-term tradition.”
The OU intends to
publish the booklet every year ahead of Passover and says it will help promote
tourism to Israel over the holiday.
Along with kashrut information, the
booklet also contains recommendations for hiking and leisure activities over the
festival, as well as advice for cleaning one’s car, in accordance with Jewish
law requiring the removal of all leavened products and remnants from one’s
possession, and other useful information for tourists in Israel over Passover.