Travelling Abroad

Travelling Abroad
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Wednesday 20th June 2018

KOSHER FOOD ON THE MOVE

Welcome to our incredible shrinking world. Not only can we zip around speedily in planes, highspeed trains and automobiles, but wherever you go you are almost certain to bump into someone you know, or who knows your grandmother! The Jewish world is a very connected place and a very welcoming one. Every traveller has stories about walking into an overseas synagogue and being invited home for a meal (does this happen in London?), offered hospitality for the night, or even someone’s unmarried niece’s telephone number.

KOSHER RESTAURANTS

Kosher restaurants open up everywhere, and can sometimes even be found where the guidebook says they are. Websites are a boon here. Not only are they easily updated, but many incorporate review sections where travelling diners can be honest about the food and service they encountered there. Useful websites include:

www.chabad.org/centers
www.jewisheurope.org
www.kosherinfrance.com (kosher facilities in France)
www.123cacher.com/index_en.php (restaurants in France with reviews, English version)

NB: The KLBD cannot endorse the kashrut of the establishments listed on these websites. Travellers should consult the local Rabbinate or kashrut authority for guidance on restaurants and hechsherim.  See our list of Kashrut Contacts Worldwide below.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

1)        Check online for the nearest synagogue and Jewish communal organisations to your destination.
2)        Pack food which will last without refrigeration until you reach your hotel room mini-bar (eg vacuum packed meat, cheese etc), and don’t forget your tin opener!
3)        Ask the airline for kosher food in-flight (Eurostar also offers this service).
4)        And one piece of advice from Jewish mothers everywhere: always take food for the journey.

STAYING IN HOTELS ON SHABBAT

Technology in hotels can raise issues of Shabbat observance. When staying at a hotel over Shabbat, prepare to deal with the following issues.

1)        Automatic sliding doors
2)        Lifts - It may be worth requesting a room on a low floor and locating the emergency stairs for Shabbat.
3)        Electronic room keys.
4)        Energy-saving systems - eg bedroom lights and air conditioning systems which may come on automatically when you enter your room.

NOTHING KOSHER?

If you are travelling in a country where there is no kosher food available, the following guidelines may be helpful:

• Cold drinks (other than grape juice) are mostly no problem. Check also that Grape juice is not listed as an ingredient.
• Plain coffee or tea in a disposable cup may be purchased from establishments, where the hot water is heated in separate machinery to the other drinks.
• Plain, unflavoured, cold smoked salmon is generally acceptable.
• Tinned vegetables are usually fine - but check that they are pure vegetables in water or brine and there are no added ingredients other than salt and preservatives.
• Look for tinned tuna in brine or vegetable oils.
• Fresh fruit & vegetables which do not require checking, eg tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado.
• Look for kosher matzos and crackers eg Ryvita or Jacobs.
• Ice cream - a number of international brands are supervised.
• Cereals - look for Kellogg’s cereals and other imported brands listed in the RJFG.
• American brands often have a discreet hechsher printed on the packaging.
• Disposable barbecues can be used to cook fresh fish.
• Kosher takeaway food can often be ordered from restaurants and caterers in the cities with kosher facilities or by arrangement with specialist companies.

KASHRUT CONTACTS WORLDWIDE

While the KLBD does not endorse overseas products and establishments, the following contacts may be helpful for travellers. 

AUSTRALIA
Victoria
Kosher Australia
Tel: + 613 8317 2555
info@kosher.org.au
www.kosher.org.au

New South Wales
The Kashrut Authority
Tel: + 612 9365 2933
office@ka.org.au
www.ka.org.au

AUSTRIA
Vienna
Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde Wien
Rabbi Arie Folger
Tel: +431 531 04 111
rabbinat@ikg-wien.at
www.ikg-wien.at

BELGIUM
Antwerp
Shomre Hadas
Tel: + 32 3232 0187
info@shomre-hadas.be
www.shomre-hadas.be

CANADA
Montreal
Jewish Community Council
Tel: + 514 739 6363
info@mk.ca
www.mk.ca

Toronto
Kashruth Council of Canada
Tel: + 416 635 9550
questions@cor.ca
www.cor.ca

CHINA
Shanghai
Shanghai Jewish Centre
Rabbi Shalom Greenberg
Tel: + 8621 6278 0225
info@chinajewish.org
www.chinajewish.org

CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague
The Jewish Community of Prague
Rabbi David Peter
Tel: +420 725 888 869
rabbinat@kehilaprag.cz
www.kehilaprag.cz

FRANCE
Paris
Consistoire de Paris
Tel: + 331 4082 2676
cacherout@consistoire.org
www.consistoire.org

Rav Rottenberg
Tel: +331 4237 8151

GERMANY
Berlin
Jüdische Gemeinde zu Berlin
Rabbi Yitshak Ehrenberg
Tel: + 4930 211 2273
ehrenberg@yahoo.de
www.jg-berlin.org

Chabad Berlin
Rabbi Teichtal
Tel: + 4930 2128 0830
kontakt@chabadberlin.de
www.chabadberlin.de

Frankfurt
Jüdische Gemeinde Frankfurt am Main
Rabbi Avichai Apel
Tel: +4969 768 036 400
rabbinat@jg-ffm.de
www.jg-ffm.de

Munich
Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern
Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Brodman
Tel: + 4989 202 400221
info@ikg-m.de
rabbinate@ikg-m.de
www.ikg-m.de

HOLLAND
Amsterdam
Joodse Gemeente Amsterdam
Tel: + 3120 646 0046
info@nihs.nl
www.nihs.nl

HONG KONG
Chabad of Hong Kong
Rabbi Mordechai Avtzon
Tel: + 852 2523 9770
www.chabadhongkong.org

Jewish Community Centre
Tel: + 852 2801 5440
enquiries@jcc.org.hk
www.jcc.org.hk

IRELAND
Dublin
Irish Jewish Community
Rabbi Zalman Lent
Tel: + 3531 492 3751
office@jewishireland.org
www.jewishireland.org

ITALY
Milan
See www.jewishmilan.com for more information.
Comunità Ebraica di Milano
Chief Rabbi Alfonso Arbib
Tel: +39 02 5412 4043
visite@rabbinato-milano.it
www.rabbinato-milano.it

Euro Kosher
Rav Avrohom Hazan
Tel: +39 33 5617 4532
ravhazan@eu-k.org
www.chabad.it/english

Rome
Chief Rabbinate of Rome
Tel: + 39 06 6840 0651/2
info@romaebraica.it
www.romaebraica.it

RUSSIA
Moscow
Rabbinical Court of Moscow
Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt
Tel: + 7095 923 4788
kasher@post.ru
www.kasher.ru

Rabbinical Alliance of the CIS
Rabbi Berel Lazar
Tel: + 7495 631 2500
office@kosher.ru
www.kosher.ru

SINGAPORE
Jewish Welfare Board
Rabbi Mordechai Abergel
Tel: + 65 6737 9112
mordehai@singnet.com.sg
www.singaporejews.com

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg
Beth Din of Johannesburg
Tel: + 2710 214 2600
kashrut@uos.co.za
www.uos.co.za

Cape Town
Cape Town Beth Din
Tel: + 2721 461 6310
kashrut@uoscape.co.za
www.uos.co.za

SPAIN
Barcelona
Comunidad Israelita de Barcelona
Tel: + 3493 200 8513
info@cibonline.org
www.cibonline.org

Jabad Lubavitch Barcelona
Rabbi Libersohn
Tel: + 3493 410 0685
info@chabadbarcelona.org
www.jabadbarcelona.org

Madrid
Rabbi Yitzchok Goldstein
Tel: + 3491 029 1269
jabad770@gmail.com

SWITZERLAND
Basel
Israelitische Gemeinde Basel
Tel: + 4161 279 9850
baumel@igb.ch
www.igb.ch

Zurich
Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft
Adas Jeshurun
Tel: +4144 241 8057
irg@bluewin.ch
www.irgz.ch

THAILAND
Rabbi Moshe Hadad
Office: + 66 2 102 0027-8
Mobile: +6681 870 2249
Mh@ThaiKashrut.com
www.ThiKashrut.com
www.jewishthailand.com

USA
Kashrus Magazine
www.kashrusmagazine.com
www.kashrut.com

Kof-K Kosher Supervision
info@kof-k.org
www.kof-k.org

Kosher Quest
Rabbi Eidlitz
www.kosherquest.org

OK Kosher Certification
info@ok.org
www.ok.org

Star-K Kosher Certification
star-k@star-k.org
www.star-k.org

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations (OU)
kosherq@ou.org
www.oukosher.org

KOSHER FISH AROUND THE WORLD

Fresh and frozen kosher species of fish, either whole or filleted, are permitted provided that some skin (bearing easily detachable scales) is attached.
Click here to download a list of commonly available fish in 21 countries.
For lists of kosher fish in other countries, email info@kosher.org.uk.