Consumer News

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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ASK OU’S KASHRUS SEMINAR FOR WOMEN PROVIDES INTELLECTUALLY ENGAGING SUMMER EXPERIENCE WITH LESSONS FOR EVERYDAY KOSHER LIVING

September 21, 2015

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…

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OU KOSHER ANSWERS ROSH HASHANA QUESTIONS

September 2, 2015

             OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) in preparation for Rosh Hashana. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org or to CHAT LIVE with an OU Kosher Expert click on the chat screen on the bottom right of your screen. * * * Pruzbol I…

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Pas Yisroel List – 5776

September 2, 2015

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 the period between Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom…

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SIMPLY AMAZING! ASK OU’S FIRST KOSHER MEAT TOUR RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS FROM PARTICIPANTS

August 24, 2015

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…

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Frequently Asked Summer Questions

August 10, 2015

 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.       * * * 1.    Q: Can one eat in an ice cream or yogurt store product that has been scooped from a container that bears OU certification? A: In some instances,…

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