Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Conservative movement rules: Permissible to eat at non-kosher vegetarian, vegan restaurants

In practice, the ruling’s target audience is small. Most Jews who eat only in certified kosher restaurants are Orthodox and pay little if any attention to Conservative opinions on Jewish law. According to a 2020 survey by the Pew Research Center, 17% of Jews identify as Conservative and only a fraction keep kosher at home. Even fewer adhere to the strict dietary laws when they dine out. 


  1. We actually had this situation in our community, when the Conservative rabbi found a vegan restaurant and declared it kosher after an inspection.
    Interestingly, after he left town the restaurant met up with the Orthodox rabbi who instructed them on bug checking, arranged for everything to be kashered and has inspections so now the place is actually kosher.

  2. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 24, 2023 at 3:22 PM

    Still better than eating in treif chazir /oyster place

  3. Well not necessarily. If it's a place that cooks the food, where did the utensils come from? Are the processed ingredients like the sauces and fake cheeses all supervised? And if it's one of those raw places, you still have to ask about the spices they're using.

  4. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 25, 2023 at 3:18 PM

    Utensils are usually new in new restaurant

    I'm not giving a hechsher, but there is less that can violate the Torah than in a treifa basar restaurant.

    Just consider the issur of Helev in a treif or even halal setting.

    Even if soya is not supervised, it is not treif. A vegan burger with cheese has no issur d'oraita.
    And this is aimed at woke conservative who probably eat treif anyway, but wish to go vegan

  5. Again, there is the issue of spices.
    And a vegan burger will only have fake cheese, nothing dairy.

  6. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 28, 2023 at 1:20 PM

    You have not raised any issues that don't apply to meat restaurants. Hence my original claim still stands


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