OU Kosher Staff

OU Kosher Conference Marks 30 Years of Unifying Mashgichim Worldwide

Recent Event Drew Over 170 Participants Including Representatives of Prominent Kashrus Agencies More than 120 OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinators (RCs) and Rabbinic Field Representatives (RFRs) and over 50 rabbanim from international kashrus organizations recently convened at the Delta Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey, for OU Kosher’s 30th Kashrus Conference, an annual highlight that celebrates OU […]

OU Kosher Marks Another Successful Passover Season Educating Thousands

Reflecting on Its Busiest Period, World’s Largest Kosher Certification Agency is Inspired by Consumers’ Eagerness to Learn As the Rabbinic Coordinators responsible for managing OU (Orthodox Union) Kosher’s consumer hotline and Webbe Rebbe online forum — an email address where consumers may send in kashrus sheylos that are answered in writing — Rabbi Zvi Nussbaum […]

OU Kosher’s STa”M Initiative to Oversee the Kashrus and Authenticity of Mezuzos for the Benefit of the North American Public

In a Market Lacking Transparency, OU Kosher Partners with Israel-Based Non-profit to Improve Mezuzos Industry’s Kashrus It’s a situation which, Orthodox Union rabbanim say, unfortunately occurs far too often: a person invests in a number of beautiful new mezuzos at a Judaica store or from a sofer, sparing no expense to fulfill the mitzvah — […]

Meet the Mashgiach Episode 2

Meet the Mashgiach Episode 1 – Introduction

What exactly does an OU Mashgiach do?

OU Kosher’s Newly Expanded Community Programs Educate Kosher Consumers Nationwide

ASK OU’s Kashrus Across America Program Is Tailored to Meet Communities’ Needs and Interests From food and restaurants to hotels and simcha venues, North American kosher consumers have an array of products and establishments at their disposal. While it’s exciting to see the OU symbol on products such as Oreos, Entenmann’s, Green Mountain Coffee and […]

Certified Synergy: The Practical Bond Between OU Kosher and Cargill 

Mark Overland: Excellence in OU Kosher’s Alliance with Cargill In the landscape of kosher certification, few partnerships stand out as prominently as that of OU Kosher and Cargill. At the heart of this enduring alliance is a legacy of commitment and excellence, exemplified by figures like Mark Overland. Now retired, Overland’s tenure at Cargill spanned […]

OU Kosher Adds Two New Options to Consumer Product Search Website

 Dairy Equipment and Yoshon Categories Offered in Response to Community Requests Of the hundreds of weekly queries OU (Orthodox Union) Kosher fields from consumers via its Kosher Hotline and Webbe Rebbe forum, the most popular centers on Oreo cookies. “The most frequently asked shaila in America is whether Oreos are dairy, pareve, or simply made with […]

Pas Yisroel List For 5784 – 2023

Updated September 12, 2023  –  Elul 5783 The Tur (Orach Chaim, Siman 603), based upon the Talmud Yerushalmi, cites the custom for Jews to be stringent during the Aseres Yimei Teshuva to eat exclusively ‘Pas Yisroel’ bread. Even those Jews who generally do not exclusively eat ‘Pas Yisroel’ are encouraged to accept this practice during […]

Orthodox Union Holds Immersive Kashrus Experience for Women

Program Offers 40 Participants a Deep Dive into Kashrus at OU’s Headquarters and at Field Visit Sites A few weeks ago, Rivki Lemmer of Brooklyn, N.Y. didn’t know that lab-grown meat existed. Now, after attending a week-long course run through the Orthodox Union (OU), she feels well-versed in the controversies and intricacies around its kashrus […]