Four local kosher spots win ethical seal

Uri L’Tzedek, the national Orthodox social justice organization, has awarded the Tav HaYosher (Hebrew for ethical seal) to four Bay Area kosher establishments: 12 Tribes Kosher Catering, located in the JCC of San Francisco; Amba, a vegetarian restaurant in Oakland; Grand Bakery in Oakland; and Oakland Kosher Foods.

Given to restaurants or food businesses with ethical work practices, the Tav HaYosher is part of Uri L’Tzedek’s grassroots initiative to bring workers, restaurant owners and community members together to create just workplaces in kosher restaurants. Criteria considered when awarding the seal include fair pay, time off and a safe work environment. It has been awarded to more than 100 restaurants nationwide.

On Saturday, March 10, Uri L’Tzedek director Rabbi Ari Weiss will visit Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley for a day of text study and discussion on consumerism, ethical consumption and other issues. For more information, call (510) 843-8052.