Consumer News

Summer’s here! OU Kosher answers your questions on park BBQ grills, keeping kosher on a cruise, Icee flavors and more…

June 23, 2016

 OU Kosher presents questions frequently asked  by consumers on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) for the summer. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org or chat with us by clicking on the chat bubble on the right bottom of the screen.       * * * 1.    Q: Is it possible to cook on a BBQ that was…

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OU KOSHER COMES TO YOUR RESCUE DURING PRE-PASSOVER BUSY SEASON

April 14, 2016

Some Tips to Ease Your Passover Preparations “Come on in”, says a voice behind two large computer screens. The rabbi, whose velvety yarmulke and raised eyebrows are barely visible beneath ancient and contemporary books stacked as high as the Pyramid of Giza, is now in the middle of busy season – answering consumer questions for…

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OU KOSHER BRINGS TWO PRE-PESACH UNIQUE SHIURIM TO LAKEWOOD, MONDAY, APRIL 18 AT NOON

April 11, 2016

            As Pesach approaches, OU Kosher will bring its Harry H. Beren ASK OU Outreach program to Lakewood for two special shiurim to be held Monday, April 18. Its primary audience is Bnei HaYeshivos, yeshiva students, during Bein HaZemanim, their Pesach vacation. It will be held at Congregation Lev Avos,…

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

March 9, 2016

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…

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

March 3, 2016

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 halachawould be emailed to subscribers each working day. The program was organized, as OU Kosher noted, with the hope “that by…

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Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt’l Passes Away

January 28, 2016

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…

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OU KOSHER BEREN ASK OU OUTREACH PROGRAM RECEIVES WELCOME IN BROOKLYN WITH OVERWHELMING NUMBERS

January 11, 2016

  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,…

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OU Medical Marijuana Statement

January 7, 2016

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…

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

December 18, 2015

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…

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ORTHODOX UNION CONGRATULATES OU KOSHER MARKETING DIRECTOR PHYLLIS KOEGEL OF WOODMERE ON BEING HONORED AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL PRE-KOSHERFEST MEDIA DINNER

November 10, 2015

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…

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