Religion

Religious concerns of Swiss Jews are represented integratively by the SIG towards competent authorities. For this purpose, the organisation maintains constant contact with the responsible offices and institutions.

One of the key tasks of the SIG is to maintain a reliable supply of kosher meat. Shechita (the ritual slaughter of animals according to Jewish rites) is prohibited in Switzerland, and so all kosher meat has to be imported from outside the country.

The SIG also deals with issues affecting the special needs of Jews in the armed forces, those on community service in lieu of military service as well as of schoolchildren and students. The problems linked to Shabbat dispensation regularly necessitates the SIG's intervention.

Funding the Interest Group for Kosher Foodstuff

The SIG largely funds the activities of the Interest Group for Kosher Foodstuff. Its responsible officers check whether commercially available products are suitable for use in kosher households.

The SIG is also responsible for managing the Jewish Cemetery at Davos (established 1931).

  • Festivals and Holidays

    The holidays prescribed by the Torah are divided into two groups: the three pilgrimage festivals (Passover [Pesach], Shavuot and Sukkott) and the ‘High Holidays’ (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur). Hanukkah and Purim are celebrated in memory of joyful events. The 9th of Av (Tisha Be’Av) and other fast days commemorate sad events.

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  • Kosher Meat

    According to the Torah (5th Book of Moses 12:21) the only meat allowed to eat is that of certain mammals, birds and fish. With the exception of fish, the animals must be slaughtered ritually in accordance with the religious laws and practices.

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  • Dispensation