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How Many Israelis Keep Kosher for Passover?

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A special update from the Peace Index by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute shows that that two-thirds of the Jews in Israel eat kosher for Passover outside the home and prepare the their house for the holiday - but 58% oppose the ban on cafes and restaurants from serving chametz (bread).

A special chapter of the monthly Peace Index of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, points to an interesting phenomenon: Most of the Jews in Israel (63%) clean their homes for Passover of all chametz (leaven and leavened food) and 67% will make sure to eat kosher-for Passover both inside and outside the home. On the other hand, the majority of the public (59%) thinks that restaurants and cafes should not be required to serve kosher food during Passover.

Of the respondents: 87% of the secular respondents, 56% of the traditional non-religious, 21% of the ultra-Orthodox, 14.5% of the religious, and 26% of the religious traditional.

The survey was conducted by Prof. Ephraim Yaar of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Tamar Hermann of the Israel Democracy Institute between March 13 and March 14, 2018 among 600 respondents representing a representative national sample.