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OU KOSHER Educational Program Reaches Out

The ASK OUTREACH program, which was specifically designed to put OU Kosher in contact with communities in the Torah world not part of its usual constituency, reached out in a most significant way last week, conducting a two-part hands-on session in kosherization for the Satmar Yoreh Deah Kollel of Kiryas Joel, NY.

OU Participants Come from the 4 Corners of the Torah World

They came from Jerusalem and they came from Brooklyn, and from Berlin and Paris which are roughly in between the two. Others came from Las Vegas, from Providence, Rhode Island and from Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is also roughly between the two. Twenty came from Lakewood and others from Monsey and New Square, NY, bastions […]

Down in Old Kentucky, OU Certified Bluegrass Dairy Hits the Finish Line First at the Kentucky State Fair

In what may be considered the Kentucky Derby of cheese competitions, OU kosher-certified cheese manufactured by Bluegrass Dairy & Food/Glasgow Division of Glasgow and Springfield, KY recently won first place gold in all three classes at the Kentucky State Fair for its Natural Cheddar (Wilderness Trails brand) and its Natural Gouda (Bluegrass Dairy & Food […]

OUKosher.org: World-Wide Window to OU KOSHER

Now that the Internet has made the expression “information at your fingertips” an ever-present reality, OU Kosher views it as an every-second opportunity. “As the world’s largest and most respected kosher certification agency, we can now educate the world at large about what kosher represents,” says Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator and Vice President, […]

In an Absolut World, Most Iconic Vodka Receives the Kosher Seal of Approval by Orthodox Union

In An Absolut World, Most Iconic Vodka Receives The Kosher Seal Of Approval By Orthodox Union; OU Symbol Now On Absolut Labels

OU RFR Profile: Rabbi Moshe Bomzer

Rabbi Moshe E. Bomzer has served as spiritual leader of congregations in Hollywood, FL, Toronto, ON and Albany, NY over the past 33 years. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University after pursuing Talmudic studies at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Forest Hills, NY and Jerusalem, as well […]

OU Profile: Rabbi Zvi Goodman

Born in Hartford, CT, Rabbi Howard (Zvi) Goodman was educated at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, and is a graduate of Yeshiva University. After studying advanced Talmud and Judaic Law in Jerusalem, he received rabbinic ordination from Medrash Hatalmud Tifereth Avrohom Yeshiva in Jerusalem, as well as from a number of […]

OU KOSHER Provides Meals for a Captive Audience

ALBANY, NY – Getting out of prison wasn’t supposed to be this easy. On a sunny spring afternoon, Josh Wildman, mashgiach with the Vaad HaKashruth of the Capital District, locked the door of the room of the Department of Correctional Services Food Production Center facility in Rome, New York and ran the tail of an […]

Two New DVD’s on the Kashrut of Meat and Birds

Two new OU Kosher DVDs – Meat & Birds now available

Zachlawi Fig Arak: Personal Notes

HAVING BEEN NURTURED in the Ashkenazic (Eastern European) Jewish tradition, as both my parents were born in Romania, it was always a special treat for me as a little boy to accompany my late father, a much sought-after rabbinic speaker in the early days of Israel’s statehood, whenever he was invited to deliver lectures in Tel Aviv’s most prominent synagogues — including the Sephardic (Middle Eastern) synagogues.