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Oct 21, 2010 07:02 AM

When travelling how do you find kosher stablishments -

I figured it would be interesting to see what sites people use to find kosher food while travelling - for me first choice is - yes some of the date might be out of date but it does list what might have been a kosher establishment - also I look for the local federation/JCC website to see if they point to anything in the community - finally local kosher authority to see if they have a listing of kosher establishments -

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  1. This site, Google, and Shamash.

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    1. re: DeisCane

      the reason Shamash is out of date is because it's contributed by viewers.
      I would check Shamash and often find inaccurate or out of date information.
      I would submit a correction, and a week or two later it would get updated.
      the point being, Shamash is only as good as people are willing to help it.

      1. re: yitziekatz

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    2. If you have an iPhone (Android support is coming, so I've been told), try the RustyBrick Kosher app. It will use your GPS to find the closest kosher establishments to you.

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      1. re: tamarw

        I have that App - I beleuve it is based off of the Shamash database - but I di like it

      2. Chabads are also a useful resource. In areas where they're the only local option, then they're the local option. In other areas they're a good resource.

        1. I think this board is the most efficient way of finding accurate information. I find the information on Shamash to be outdated a lot of the time. If it is not a place where I have friends or colleagues, I usually also visit the website of the local Orthodox synagogue or the local beit din and see what information they have, or I call the local rabbi. When I get to the place, I ask around. For Israel, e-luna is a good place to start but it is advertising based so it does not include everything. For France, is great. For the rest of Europe, is well maintained. I have the Get Kosher app, but I don't use it very often. Oh, and I like for NYC but I have to go to the individual restaurants' websites to check certification. is also useful.

          1. I like Chowhound the best, people are very helpful! I also try to google local Rabbinical sites, such as CRC in Chicago or Vaad in Michigan, etc., to see what they list. Works pretty well for Miami too:)