The ultraconservative Lehava organization mounted a new campaign, issuing kashrut certification to Israeli restaurants that hire Jews, exclusively. The signs will read: “We hire Jewish workers and no enemies.” This reflects a recurring anxiety in the Orthodox Jewish community: interracial mixing.
“Assimilation has forever been one of the enemies of the Jewish people,” Baruch Marzel said. Marzel is an outspoken member of the ultraconservative Lehava Organization. He has huge, wiry black beard and wears a yarmulke. Marzel is originally from Boston, MA, but immigrated to Israel at a young age.