For Your Passover Coverage: OU Passover Guide Is Now Available

February 28, 2007

The Orthodox Union does it again! Simplifying life for Jewish households across North America has been the OU’s forté, and with Passover in sight, it has now made available the indispensable OU Passover Guide for Kosher for Passover Foods for 2007.

This special edition of the OU’s Jewish Action magazine is published annually and delineates domestic items that are acceptable for Passover use. In the Guide, the OU has compiled two basic lists:

· One is for items that do not require special Passover certification (although they do need a standard symbol) such as aluminum foil, candles, cleansers, and paper goods;

· Another is for items that must have an P to appear on the label, such as baking mixes, baked products, beverages, candy, condiments, olive oil, dairy products, detergents, and polishes.

This year’s edition also includes guidelines concerning the use and consumption of “inedible” products and of medicines on Passover.

Additionally, the Guide contains essential information for observing the holiday and articles on making a kitchen kosher for Passover, as well as guidelines for the seder and the counting of the Omer, the 49 days that lead to the Festival of Shavuot. Listed in the guide are the latest possible times to eat leavened bread (chametz), burning chametz, as well as candle lighting times for Passover in various cities across the United States and Canada.

“Very soon we will see crowds of people searching the Passover aisles in the supermarkets with the OU Passover Guide in their hands,” declared Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, OU Executive Vice President.

The Guide, with a press run of close to 100,000 copies, will be available at ShopRite and Pathmark at the customer service desk and at many smaller kosher supermarkets as well. Yeshiva/day schools and OU synagogues will also receive copies of the Guide, and it will be directly available through the mail to all OU members and Jewish Action subscribers. It can be accessed on the OU website, To order individual copies for $3 each, contact Roberta Levine at or 212-613-8125, or Miriam Ganz at or 212-613-0786.