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  • To be representative of the community, transparent and run as a not-for-profit operation with a recognised set of governance rules consistent with contemporary community standards
  • To ensure that there is confidence in kosher products and services in NSW
  • To promote a market that is as open and competitive as possible, thereby attempting to reduce the cost and increase the choice for consumers
  • To always serve the needs of our Kosher consumers with honesty and integrity.

Community Kashrut is a company limited by guarantee.  It has two members – the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Council of Orthodox Synagogues.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has over 60 constituent community organisations and the Council of Orthodox Synagogues represents 17 of the major congregations in NSW – therefore Community Kashrut is owned by the community.

Yes. Our Directors are all volunteers, donating their time to the promotion and advancement of kashrut in NSW. The underlying goal of Community Kashrut is to make kashrut more widely available and accessible to all members of the NSW community.  As such, any profits generated by our activities are to be directly returned to our operations in order to keep kashrut costs to a minimum and pass the savings on to the end consumer.

As a Limited Company, Community Kashrut is bound by the financial reporting obligations set out in the Corporations Act 2001.

Community Kashrut is funded by private donations and revenue from its licensees.

Community Kashrut is not funded by donations made to any Jewish charity or organisation and no Jewish charities or organisations’ funding have been used to fund Community Kashrut.

If you wish to make a donation, please contact us at info@communitykashrut.org.au.

Community Kashrut has been created as a result of the Kashrut Commission of Inquiry.  You can download and read it here .

The reliability of the community kashrut hechsher can be evidenced by its support from a wide range of communal rabbis in NSW and beyond.

Our Va’ad HaRabbanim are made up of Rabbis of impeccable reputation both locally and internationally and they are all committed to providing a standard of kashrut that is acceptable to every single kosher consumer in NSW. If you would like to read more about the Va’ad HaRabbanim, please click here.

Our Rav Hamachshir, Rabbi Yedidya Krauthammer is one of the most experienced kashrut experts worldwide and we are fortunate to have him based in NSW to personally supervise the kashrut operations of Community Kashrut.

If you would like to read more about Rabbi Krauthammer, please click here.

If you would like to see the extent of Rabbi Krauthammer’s global recognition, please click here.

The cost of licensing and supervision is dependent on the work required to attain and maintain the required kosher standards in your business. This can be as little as $20 per week for new businesses. Contact us today to start the discussion – all initial discussions are free.

Please contact us directly through the ‘contact us’ page on this website or send an email to info@communitykashrut.org.au for an initial discussion.

Community Kashrut is primarily focused on providing hechshers to restaurants and caterers, however as product certification opportunities arise we will review these with a view to making the widest possible range of kosher products available to the community.

Community Kashrut firmly believes in making the widest variety of kosher products available to establishments and consumers where this is possible within the high kosher standards that our Va’ad HaRabbanim require.

In addition to all meat and poultry products supervised by the Kashrut Authority of NSW, meat hechshered by Kosher Australia is approved for use by our licensees.

We are currently working with other local and interstate producers of meat and poultry with a view to further expanding our list of approved products where this is possible.

Community Kashrut’s financial statements will be published on our website when they become available. As we are still within our first year of operations the first annual financial statements are not yet due, but will be made available after they have been prepared which will occur on or prior to the date they are required to be lodged with the relevant government regulators.

Yes.  The Community Kashrut constitution can be read in full here.

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