Rabbi Morrison began his work at the OU over a decade ago. Before entering the field of kashrut, he served for seven years as Rav of the Springs Hebrew Congregation, a suburb of Johannesburg and for six in South Africa’s Port Elizabeth community. Among his other varied rabbinical responsibilities, he oversaw both areas’ kashrut needs. This wealth of experience proved invaluable for the formidable demands placed on the Rabbinical Coordinator (a.k.a. RC) at the helm of the OU’s ingredients registry.
At a warm, heartfelt and elegant event, one of the Orthodox Union’s most enthusiastic and long-standing leaders, Gustave Jacobs of Forest Hills, NY, and his wife Henriette, were honored at the naming and dedication of the Henriette and Gustave Jacobs Chair in Kashrut Education in the OU Kosher Division. The cocktail reception and buffet dinner, attended by a large gathering of Jewish communal leaders, was held recently at OU headquarters in New York.
The Kosher Division of the Orthodox Union, which already maintains the oukosher.org website with its multiplicity of features for general audiences as well as for companies, has created a website specifically for professionals, to provide insights into the increasingly complex and changing field of kosher certification.
OU Kosher has just published a special edition of its seasonal magazine, “Behind the Union Symbol” featuring articles about Kosher for Passover, edited by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator.
Copies of this special issue can be downloaded (in pdf format) by clicking here.
It was Chanukah, and as the thoughts of Jews everywhere turned to lighting candles and to the long winter ahead, Rabbi Dov Schreier was already immersed in springtime, planning for Passover. The Orthodox Union Kosher Division’s Rabbinic Coordinator for Food Services – which includes restaurants, caterers, hospitals and nursing homes — Rabbi Schreier was meeting with the management of upscale restaurants, going over the process of converting their establishments from OU Kosher to the even stricter OU Kosher for Passover.
It is with a sense of great loss that we mourn the loss of our Rabbinic Field Representative, Rabbi Moshe Klein, z”l, who was tragically nifter on Friday night, August 12th, the 8th of Av.
The Orthodox Union, the world’s largest Kosher certification agency, will be represented in San Francisco at the upcoming Winter Fancy Food Show. The show will take place from Sunday, January 22 through Tuesday, January 24 at the Moscone Convention Center.
During the course of a year, 400 RFR’s travel across the roads and skyways encircling this busy planet to ensure that the world’s food factories produce products fit for the kosher consumers’ consumption. While guaranteeing the highest standards of kashrut, these indispensable trips often produce tasty food for thought as well.
It’s Anything But A Symbolic Gesture To Assure That The Famed OU Kosher Symbol Is Not Misused.
The typical kosher consumer picks a coveted food item off the shelf to take a closer look at the label. If he/she sees the familiar Orthodox Union OU symbol, the product has undoubtedly found a home. Over 60 percent of America’s kosher-certified products bear the OU and kosher consumers rely on it as a sign of assurance that the product meets the highest kosher standards. Thus, when a product displaying an unauthorized OU appears in the marketplace, the Orthodox Union responds swiftly and efficiently.
An explanation of the second cut done at the Agriprocessors abbatoir.