This guide is meant for tourist and resident alike. Even if you can't read Hebrew, you can use this guide as a visual comparison when shopping or dining out, if you are concerned and/or confused about kashruth certification in Israel.
For starters, you can use this guide to begin to identify the various kashruth certifications in Israel.
Once in a while, Americans will bump into familiar friends such as the O-U and Star-K (Rabbi Heinemann) and British will see their familiar London Beis Din and BaDa"Tz Manchester (Rabbi Westheim) on food labels, in candy stores, and even at few restaurants in Jerusalem.
However, these familiar faces are not nearly as prevalent as the certifications by the following rabbis and organizations.
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|BeDa"Tz Bet Yosef|
|BeDa"Tz Mehzikei Das|
|BeDa"Tz Eidah Haredis||BeDa"Tz Agudas Yisroel||O-U Mehadrin|
BeDa"Tz Neveh Tzion
|BeDa"Tz She'eris Yisroel|
Starting out with visual recognition of certifications, or te'udot in Hebrew, will assist you in feeling more comfortable and independent while shopping and dining out in Israel. If you feel you need to ask a rabbi or friend in Israel about a certification, or which gift of food or wine your host be most comfortable receiving, use the above chart to identify the name of the certifications in question.
I only recently found a copy of Rav Shlomo Mahpud's shlit"a "Yoreh De'ah" kashruth certification symbol. So I am adding it to this post. You can find Rav Mahpud's certification on bakeries, meat, meat restaurants, and on natural and alternative medicines.