What makes us Kosher?
Kosher Cycle Tours was founded by Aaron Hurwitz, a Lubavitcher road cyclist unable to find cycle tours suited to a frum lifestyle. Many tour companies run tours on Shabbos, sadly even in Israel. Food is either not kosher, without hashgochoh, or not up to mehadrin standards. Minyanim are hard to get, if not impossible. Aaron started Kosher Cycle Tours primarily to address these issues.
KCT provides kosher food of a mehadrin standard. KCT defines mehadrin as follows:
Meat products that are under the following hechsherim: Eidah Chareidis, Rabbi Landa, Rabbi Rubin, Beit Yosef, Rabbi Machfud, OU, and OK. Dairy products that are cholov yisroel products under the following hechsherim: Eidah Chareidis, Rabbi Landa, Rabbi Rubin, Agudas Yisroel, Beit Yosef, Mehadrin Rav Weitman – Tnuva, Rabbanut Mehadrin, OU cholov Yisroel, and OK. Pareve foods that are under the following hechsherim: Eidah Chareidis, Rabbi Landa, Rabbi Rubin, Beit Yosef, Agudas Yisroel, Rabbi Machfud, Rav Efrati, Rabbanut Mehadrin, Machzikei Hadas (Belz), Chug Chasam Sofer – Bnei Brak and Petach Tikvah, OU, and OK.
In addition to the hechsherim mentioned above, KCT may provide meals at establishments that are under the following hechsherim: Rabbanut Mehadrin Yerushalayim, Tel Aviv Rabbanut Mehadrin, Rabanut Emek HaMayanot Mehadrin, and Rabbanut Mehadrin Eilat.
When KCT tour participants are due to stay at a kosher hotel or program, KCT will inform customers of the standard of the hechsher as advertised by the hotel or program. If KCT provides tour participants with food from another caterer or establishment, the food will be certified glatt kosher and/or cholov yisroel. If a KCT chef is cooking the food, KCT will source mehadrin food with guidance from the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE). When accompanied by a traveling kitchen, the KCT chef will be frum.
KCT provides sports nutrition with an Israeli mehadrin hechsher, OU, OK, Triangle K, Johannesburg Beit Din, London Beit Din or the Rabbinical Centre of Europe.
When staying at a hotel with a shul, KCT will plan its itinerary to daven with the hotel minyan or will make its own minyan at a time compatible with the tour. When the tour is on the road with no option to daven in a shul, KCT will plan for participants to daven on the road. If a tour is in a location with no shul, tour participants will daven in a makeshift shul in the hotel or chalet. KCT will have a Sefer Torah on the tour.
KCT is fully shomer Shabbos. We will do everything we can to make Shabbos restful, honored, and pleasurable, and one that will bring you happy memories for years to come.