Kashrut inspectors: Jerusalem burger joint workers must don kippot

09.12.2011                      13.Kislev. 5772

Kosher:

Kashrut inspectors: Jerusalem burger joint workers must don kippot

On-site inspectors tell managers of restaurants under their supervision that only observant, kippa-wearing Jews are permitted to place food on the grill.

In some kosher Jerusalem restaurants, even male employees who are not observant Jews must wear a kippa. In some cases restaurant managers cite a desire to show respect for their customers, while in others the request or directive apparently comes from the on-site kashrut inspector, or mashgiah.
Ran Bassa, a lawyer who works in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul industrial zone, says he noticed a few months ago that workers at the Bar Burger hamburger joint near his office were all wearing kippot. "That made me suspicious, because all the kippot were identical and placed at an unnatural manner, as if temporary. I asked and the cashier admitted they all had to wear them because of kashrut," Bassa said. "It's very annoying, I see it as an insult. I have no problem with the kashrut certification, but I don't understand; is the food more pure if it's prepared by someone with a kippa? The place serves the entire population, and when you force a religious facade on such a place it's infuriating," Bassa said….