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Azkarah for the Shloshim of Rav Belsky at OU Kosher – A Unique Gadol in Halacha and in Kashrus

On 20 Adar I/March 2, OU Kosher held a major azkarah for the Shloshim of Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l, who served as senior OU posek for Kashrus for almost three decades. The packed crowd, which included OU senior leadership and staff, as well as a large contingency of the Belsky family, heard OU Kosher […]

Praise Abounds for OU Kosher’s New Halacha Yomis Program in Memory of Rav Belsky zt”l

Late this past January, in response to a severe illness that threatened the life of its posek (halachic decisor) Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, OU Kosher announced a new program, Halacha Yomis, in which a kashrus halacha would be emailed to subscribers each working day. The program was organized, as OU Kosher noted, with the hope […]

Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l Passes Away

Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l, senior halachic consultant for the Orthodox Union, a roshei yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and a luminary of Orthodox Judaism, passed away on January 28 after a battle with cancer. He was 77. “We at the Orthodox Union join the rest of the Jewish people in mourning the loss of Rav Chaim Yisroel […]

OU KOSHER’S Beren Ask OU Outreach Program Receives Welcome in Brooklyn with Overwhelming Numbers

To a packed shul as well as Ezras Nashim, the recent Harry H. Beren ASK OU OUTREACH Program in Brooklyn at Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin was a resounding success. After Tehillim for Rav Yisroel Belsky, Shlita and greetings by the Mora D’Asra, Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff, fascinating shiurim were given by Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO […]

OU Medical Marijuana Statement

Recently, the OU granted certification to pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana extract products manufactured by Vireo Health of New York. There has been much confusion and misinformation about these products, and the OU has received numerous communications expressing surprise about the OU decision to grant certification to marijuana products. Two main concerns have been expressed:  a) OU endorsement […]

The Heat Is On: The Rise of Sriracha Sauce, and Its Ubiquity In Kosher Products

As BTUS readers are well aware, kosher tastes have evolved significantly from those depicted in yesteryear’s renditions of traditional Jewish fare. As kosher has become mainstream for consumer products not targeted specifically for an ethnic audience, the need for manufacturers to accommodate new tastes into kosher has been something we at OU Kosher are well […]

Orthodox Union Congratulates OU KOSHER Marketing Director Phyllis Koegel Of Woodmere On Being Honored At The Fifth Annual Pre-Kosherfest Media Dinner

Phyllis Koegel, OU Kosher Marketing Director and Woodmere resident popularly known as “The Woman Who Keeps Tootsie Rolls Kosher,”  was honored last night at the fifth annual Pre-Kosherfest “KosherFEAST” Media Dinner at T-Fusion Steakhouse in Brooklyn. A Kosherfest regular for many years, Ms. Koegel often travels around the globe and has also been to major […]

ASK OU’S Kashrus Seminar For Women Provides Intellectually Engaging Summer Experience With Lessons For Everyday Kosher Living

OU Kosher CEO Rabbi Menachem Genack, far left, and OU Kosher Senior Educational Rabbinic Coordinator Rabbi Yosef Grossman, far right, with seminar participants at the OU Kosher headquarters in Manhattan. As the school year begins in full swing, groups of parents and students alike are apt to reflect on what they did and where they […]

Simply Amazing! ASK OU’S First Kosher Meat Tour Receives Rave Reviews From Participants

Participants in OU Kosher’s first Harry H. Beren ASK OU Guided Tour of OU Kosher Meat Production listen intently in the first day of the program, preparing for plant visits. “AMAZING!” That was the reaction to OU Kosher’s first Harry H. Beren ASK OU Guided Tour of OU Kosher Meat Production program, which took place […]

OU KOSHER To Begin Its Fourth Advanced Kashrus Seminar For Women In New York, Monday August 24 – Friday, August 28

Want to learn and understand the laws of kosher from the experts of the most-recognized kashrus organization in the world? OU Kosher will present its fourth ASK OU Advanced Kashrus Seminar for Women from Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28 at OU headquarters in New York.  The women’s seminar alternates with a men’s program […]