Not the end of kosher butchery in Sydney » J-Wire

May 19, 2022 by J-Wire News Service

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Kosher consumers are now fully aware of the closure of Kosherworld, which comprises both Hadassa Butchery and Katzy’s.

K. A. President Baron Revelman

Kashrut Authority Chairman Barron ‘Revelman and Rabbinic Administrator Rabbie Moshe Gutnick have issued this joint statement.

“This is a truly unfortunate development for all involved, with immediate ripple effects for our community, resulting from a ‘perfect storm’ of challenges.

Recent flooding in New South Wales coupled with Covid job shortages in Victoria ultimately led to owners not being able to get enough produce to sell and this led to businesses no longer being viable.

We wish the owners of Kosherwold all the best in navigating this very difficult time. Keep in mind that the Kosherworld team gave their all to serve our community and, in fact, made many important innovations within the kosher industry. They are the ones who are really suffering right now.

The KA is confident that another local KA-certified butcher shop will open its doors in the near future, and there are already those interested in obtaining a kosher butcher shop license. The shechita crisis of the end times will be addressed and navigated with the help of Hashem. The current difficulties, floods and covid, are not the fault of the previous owners, nor are they isolated to a single industry. Many companies are suffering.

During this crisis, it is important to note that the Kashrut Authority is not a commercial company engaged in arranging the purchase and sale of any product, including meat. This is the domain of wholesalers, slaughterhouses and retail outlets. We have no control over the operation of these entities. We do not open restaurants; We do not finance butcher shops. We do not participate in the financial arrangements between butcher shops and slaughterhouses. Our role is to ensure that when these arrangements are made, the highest standards of kashrut are upheld.

Of course, we will do our best to help in any way we can, and we have done everything we can to do so during this crisis. However, our main function is to provide supervised shechita of the highest level, not to create commercial relationships between butchers, wholesalers and slaughterhouses. The ACCC, with the full support of the lay leaders of the Jewish community at the time, made it clear to us that the Kashrut Authority should not take a proactive role in the economy of our licensees, and we continue to abide by that general and binding directive. . Buying, selling, renting and leasing is not the role of a kosher certification agency.

Rabbi Moshe Gutnick

One other point: the future of Sydney-based butcher shops and restaurants ultimately depends on one thing and one thing only, us kosher consumers. If we want a Sydney based butcher then we should buy from that store. It is a reasonable proposition that if Hadassa had had the share of Sydney’s kosher meat market as in the days of yore, they probably would have had the turnover and purchasing power to get supply, weather the current storm.

How we got to this point with a loss of market share to Melbourne is a complex story, but one that needs to be fully understood and overcome. Whatever the reasons for this failure, if we want a Sydney-based kosher industry, it’s no good pointing fingers at others. We need all of us together to buy Sydney’s product.

When the new butcher shop opens, and it will, buy Sydney. Indeed, the backbone of a capitalist market is free trade and competition, but that doesn’t stop us, the consumers, from choosing what we want from a local butcher and directing our purchases accordingly. In precisely the same way that the Australian government encourages “buy Australian”, products made in Australia are marked with the percentage made in Australia to encourage buying local, so we should also buy products from Sydney.

We are of the strong opinion that the needs of the local community are best served by a local butcher. If you agree with us, then you need to buy local. If you don’t agree, it’s your choice, but you can’t complain that it’s someone else’s fault that the butcher closed.

In fact, there may sometimes be a good reason to buy Melbourne beef in Sydney. Perhaps sometimes the service is not as good as we would like. Sometimes there is a price difference. Sometimes it’s just more convenient. But we all need to do an examination of conscience. Do we want a local butcher shop or not?

In the meantime, we as a community should be sincerely grateful for the help that Melbourne Butchers provide to our community and a special shout out to Continental, Solomon’s and Melbourne Kosher for catering to our community, even when they themselves are under pressure. However, everyone understands that Sydney must have its own meat supply and we are sure it will in the near future. Think carefully about your options though, as that will only be sustainable if we all support our local meat supply.”

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