First Israeli Women Take Kosher Supervisor Exam

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Nine Israeli women have become the first of their gender to take the exam to become kosher supervisors.

The development comes after a Supreme Court ruling requiring the Chief Rabbinate to open up the exam.

The JTA reports: “The women took the exam Wednesday in a separate room from the 200 men taking the test at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.”

The lawsuit was brought by the religious group Emunah, which had run a certification course open to women. At the time, Jspace wrote that female kosher supervisors (mashgiachot) are not explicitly banned by halacha, but are very rare.

Then, the Chief Rabbinate added additional requirements for supervisors that would have been impossible for women to meet, spurring the lawsuit.

Female mashgiachot are also rare in the US, but have faced somewhat less resistance. Both the Orthodox Union and Star-K allow female kosher experts in some capacity.

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