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OU To Present 3 Week Hands-On Program In Kashrut Education In June to Rabinnical Students at YU

May 7, 2008

The OU Goes to YU: OU To Present 3 Week Hands-On Program In Kashrut Education In June to Rabinnical Students at Yeshiva University Seminary, RIETS

Students preparing for the rabbinate at Yeshiva University will learn firsthand the intricacies of kosher certification from June 2-19 when the Orthodox Union brings its Harry H. Beren ASK OUTREACH Community Kashrut program to YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) for three weeks of seminars and site visits.

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Harry H. Beren OU Kosher Summer Program Now Accepting Applications

April 16, 2008

Harry H. Beren OU Kosher Summer Program, which trains next generation of Kashrut professionals, now accepting applications.

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OU Introduces New Recipes For Passover 2008

April 4, 2008

Tired of the same old Passover recipes? Sick of making matzah sandwiches and snacking on stale macaroons? For those seeking to liven up their holiday fare, the Passover website of…

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OU Kosher Announces Second Annual OU Kosher Essay Contest Winners

April 4, 2008

The Orthodox Union Kosher Division today announced that 10 students coast to coast have been named winners of the Second Annual OU Kosher Essay Contest for grades 4-12. The winners…

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What’s Kosher for Passover? OU’s Annual Passover Guide in a Colorful New Format Has all the Answer

March 25, 2008

In a colorful new format and as usual crammed full of information to facilitate Passover preparation and observance, the OU Guide to Passover 5768/2008 is now available. An annual special issue of OU’s Jewish Action magazine, the Guide has been redesigned and filled with color features as well as advertising.

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A Milestone for Kosher Tidbits: OU Series Announces its 100th Program

March 24, 2008

Just in time for the Torah portion of Shemini, to be read March 29 and which introduces the laws of kosher, OU Kosher will celebrate the production of the 100th and 101st Kosher Tidbits, the comprehensive series of 15-minute broadcasts by OU experts on a wide variety of kosher topics, and heard on

The century mark is reached by a program on Shemittah, the sabbatical year in Israel, recorded by Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Chief Operating Officer of OU Kosher; and the 101st on non-kosher kitchens, by Rabbi Eliyahu Ferrell, Rabbinic Consultant.

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Orthodox Union Announces Newly Certified Kosher for Passover Products

March 20, 2008

Once again this year, for the festive holiday of Passover, the Orthodox Union has made available a list of newly certified OU Kosher for Passover products.

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Q&A Pre-Passover Webcast on OU Website

March 14, 2008

In anticipation of the Passover holiday and its complexities, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division announced today that it will present a pre-Passover webcast on the OU website,, to clarify questions and concerns people are facing in their preparations. It will be held Thursday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m. with log-on time at 2:45 p.m. The webcast is part of OU Kosher’s continued and ever-growing educational outreach to the community, which includes the OU Kosher Coming to Schools and Communities programs and the Kosher Tidbits postings on OU Radio,

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Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky Visits OU Headquarters

March 7, 2008

Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rosh Yeshiva of the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, visited OU headquarters in New York this week to give words of chizuk to an audience of OU Kashrut senior rabbis.

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Huge Lakewood Gathering Crowns New OU Kosher Initiative

March 6, 2008

With the ever-growing focus on kosher food and the intricacies of kashrut, the Orthodox Union, the premier institution in kosher certification, recently established the Harry H. Beren ASK OUTREACH Initiative to provide kosher education to yeshiva students in the convenience of their yeshivot, kollelim and semicha programs. Its latest crown in a series of presentations, which also included Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, Yeshiva Ohr Hachaim, and Mesivtah Tiferes Yerusholayim, drew close to 1,000 fascinated members of the Lakewood, NJ, community, making it a standing-room only event. It was held in Khal Zhichron Yaakov synagogue, with the haskomoh of the Beth Medrash Govoha Roshei HaYeshiva and the endorsement of the KCL—Vaad HaKashrut of Lakewood.

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