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Jul 7, 2009 04:29 PM

Kosher in Greece

A week ago my daughter decides that she wants to attend a friends wedding in Israel and books a flight for a 3 week stay. Today she tells me that she is in Greece for a few days. What are some of the eating options there? She is staying at a resort that she describes as "insanely beautiful" so I doubt that it is kosher. I am sure that she brought a bag full of junk food and can get by with fruits and vegetables but it would be nice to direct her to something normal.

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      1. re: MartyB

        Asking for "eating options in Greece" is pretty broad:

        1. re: ferret

          She is staying at Elysium Resort & Spa in Rhodes so I guess her only option, from Shamash, is Haiim Taverna.

          1. re: MartyB

            If this place even exists, it is certainly not kosher

            1. re: zsero

              In that case Shamash should remove it from their web site!

              1. re: MartyB

                The supposed moshgiach is listed as the El Al rabbi elsewhere. FWIW.

                1. re: MartyB

                  Did you not notice that Shamash lists it as "Haiim Taverna in Rhodos [NOT KOSHER?]"? Or that the last update, the only one in eight years, says "On Rhodos, No rabbi, no Shabbat observant people, no kosher restaurant, kosher foods come from Athens for those that care (none)."? Shamash is a user-generated database, so it depends on people to report when things are wrong. Perhaps your daughter could go to that address and find out what, if anything, is there, and submit an update to Shamash. All I can say is that a web search for this place, either in English or in Hebrew, comes up with nothing except the Shamash listing.

                  A search for the rabbi allegedly giving the hechsher shows that he was a senior military rabbi in Israel, and then the official rabbi of El Al, but his contract was allowed to lapse over 2 years ago. I can't find anything to indicate that he ever lived on Rhodes, and I'm not sure what sort of supervision he could give to a meat place from such a long distance.

      2. There is no kosher eating edstablishment on Rhodes. Please tell your daughter to access the site and access the kosher food products listing. Rabbi Mendel Hendel is very accomodating and can have frozen meals(dairy, parve or meat) sent out to her by plane or boat. These meals are prepared under his strict supervision. Restaurants that list themselves as vegetarian still cook non-kosher foods, don't check their vegetables for infestation, use cheeses that have animal rennet, breads baked in ovens where meat products have been previously made, etc.