A WEEKEND OF LEARNING ABOUT KASHRUT COMES TO WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, AS ASKOU OUTREACH EXPANDS

February 11, 2013

A WEEKEND OF LEARNING ABOUT KASHRUT COMES TO WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, AS ASKOU OUTREACH EXPANDS TO PRESENT SHIURIM ON SHABBAT AND SUNDAY, MARCH 2-3

The ASKOU OUTREACH program of OU Kosher will present its first OU Kashrut Shiurim Weekend when it visits Washington Heights on Shabbat, March 2, Parshat Ki Tisa, and Sunday, March 3. Usually when ASKOU OUTREACH visits a community, it is for one session, which may have several speakers. This program will expand to cover the entire weekend.
ASK OU OUTREACH, as well as all other ASK OU programs, is sponsored by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, NJ.
All sessions will be held at the Mt. Sinai Jewish Center, 135 Bennett Avenue. They will feature Rav Hershel Schachter, Halachic Consultant for OU Kosher and Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University; Rabbi Chaim Loike, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator and bird expert; and Rabbi Yosef Eisen, Rabbinic Administrator of the Vaad HaKashrut of the Five Towns and Rockaway.
There is free admission and the program is open to both men and women.
Mt. Sinai’s Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Ezra Schwartz remarked, “We are very excited that the Harry H. Beren ASK OU OUTREACH program will be coming to our shul. Many of our members ask kashrut questions and this weekend will certainly increase their halachic knowledge and understanding.”
Rabbi Yosef Grossman, the OU’s Senior Educational Rabbinic Coordinator, who coordinates all Harry H. Beren ASK OU programs, expressed his great satisfaction “at being given the opportunity for the first time to bring OU Kosher’s educational programming and expertise to a community over a weekend. We look forward to more opportunities to do the same in other communities.”
Rav Schachter will lead off the proceedings on Shabbat with a Q&A Kashrut session, at seudah shlishit following Mincha at 5:20. Priority will be given to questions submitted by email to Mt. Sinai’s Rabbi Etan Schnall, eschnall@mtsinaishul.com.
On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Rabbi Loike will deliver a live presentation on “Preserving the Mesorah of Endangered Kosher Species of Birds,” followed at 8:30 with a session on “Proper Checking of Fruits and Vegetables” with Rabbi Eisen.
For further information, contact Rabbi Grossman at 212-613-8212, 914-391-9470, or grossman@ou.org. The synagogue office may be reached at 212-568-1900, or office@mtsinaishul.com.


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