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OU Kosher Experts Provide Hands-On Knowledge For Advanced YU Rabbinical Students In June Workshops

July 1, 2010

OU Kosher brought its Harry H. Beren ASK OU Outreach program, Kashrut in the Community, to Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) for a well-received series of lectures and field trips to OU certified facilities for advanced rabbinical students.

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Glenmorangie, Scotland’s Favorite Single Malt, Announces OU Kosher Certification

June 8, 2010

The Glenmorangie Company and Moet Hennessy USA announced today that Glenmorangie Original, Scotland’s favorite single malt, has become kosher certified by the Orthodox Union (OU), the world’s largest and most respected kosher certification agency. Additionally, its pioneering new expression, Glenmorangie Astar, has also become kosher-certified.

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OU Kosher Experts Provide Hands-On Knowledge To YU Rabbinical Students in June

May 24, 2010

Following up on a successful program first presented two years ago, Orthodox Union kashrut experts will once again travel from the Lower Manhattan headquarters of OU Kosher to the Upper Manhattan campus of Yeshiva University in June to bring a treasure trove of practical information on kosher certification to rabbinical students at YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. The Harry H. Beren ASK OU Outreach program, Kashrut in the Community, will consist of a wide variety of lectures as well as field trips to OU certified facilities.

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OU KOSHER Prepares For Part II Of Its ASK OU Outreach In Brooklyn

April 22, 2010

After Drawing An Audience of 500 Last Sunday Night, OU Kashrus Prepares For Part II Of Its Ask OU Outreach Program In Brooklyn

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Get-Acquainted Event At Canadian Consulate In NY

April 16, 2010

Canada’s Consul General Daniel Sullivan hosted a Kosher Cuisine event which introduced 25 Canadian food manufacturers, many of which are OU certified. Seen at the event on February 22, 2010 in New York City, where the Consulate had identified the kosher niche market as having good potential for prospective Canadian exporters to the New York area, are: Phyllis Koegel, OU Kosher Marketing Associate; Consul General Daniel Sullivan; and Rabbi Menachem Genack, OU Kosher CEO. Also in attendance representing OU Kosher, was Rabbi Dovid Jenkins and representing OU Communications and Marketing was Stephen Steiner, Director of Public Relations.

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Harry H. Beren OU KOSHER Summer Program Now Accepting Applications

April 16, 2010

Judaism and the Jewish way of life are full of cycles—from holidays that reoccur every year to the moon that renews each month; from milestones that mark significant events in one’s life such as birth and death, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, to marriage and family. Now, in July, an OU Kosher cycle will renew, the Harry H. Beren ASKOU program held every other summer, which for the tenth time will train kosher professionals to become experts in their fields. Applications are now being accepted for the ASKOU10 elite education program.

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New OU Kosher DVD Explains, “What’s Wrong With This Chicken?”

April 15, 2010

Ham? Non-kosher. Shrimp? Non-kosher. Chicken? Kosher. Chicken with a dislocated femur…non-kosher??? An aspect of home kashrut not so well-known is the avoidance of traifos. Despite its colloquial usage to mean “non-kosher,” a traifa is actually a bird or quadruped with a certain type of bodily defect that renders it non-kosher even when slaughtered correctly! In…

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Gatorade Announces OU Kosher Certified Products

April 8, 2010

Gatorade partners with Orthodox Union to kosher certify Gatorade Thirst Quencher® and G2®

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OU Kitniyot Kosher For Passover Supervision

March 10, 2010

Previously the OU has not issued Hashgacha for retail Kitniyos products for Pesach, despite requests to do so. This was avoided over the concern that different Pesach symbols might confuse consumers.

The OU has this year, on a limited basis, authorized the attached certification to appear on Kitniyos products:

OU Kitniyot

With an explanatory message: “Acceptable for those who consume kitniyot on Passover.”

The symbol is presented in such manner so as to avoid any confusion and the packages will not indicate Kosher for Passover except as indicated.

This decision was taken at the urging of our Poskim, to benefit many Kitniyos consumers who relied on various assumptions (rather than actual Hashgacha) for Kitniyos Pesach products.

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OU’s Pre-Passover Webcast Answers Variety of Pesach-Related Questions, Tuesday, March 23

March 3, 2010

Almost everyone knows the four questions that are read in the haggadah during the Passover seders, but for two OU Kosher poskim (halachic authorities) – Rabbi Yisroel Belsky and Rabbi Hershel Schachter – multiple other questions are asked of them every year during the Orthodox Union’s Pre-Passover webcast, which this year will take place on Tuesday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m., EDT.

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