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OU Calls on Domestic Airlines to Provide Kosher Meals & Snacks For Sale on Board

September 11, 2007

In its role as “the premier source for all kosher needs,” and in response to complaints by travelers that kosher food is no longer an option on domestic flights, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division today called on eight major domestic airlines to make kosher meals and snacks available for purchase on their flights, just as the airlines offered a kosher option when meals were included in the cost of a ticket. Since the airlines stopped providing the free meals, kosher passengers either must bring meals on board with them, or have nothing to eat on flights, even those of transcontinental length.

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Taking the Show on the Road to LA: 3-Day OU Halachic Event Wins Raves

August 27, 2007

It was called the Three-Day Los Angeles Halachic Adventure, and was devoted to exploring “The Mesorah (tradition) of Kosher Birds and Animals” through lectures, food tasting and site visits for kosher professionals, but don’t let the “Los Angeles” designation fool you – the impact of the event held earlier this month at OU West Coast Region headquarters, the Prime Grill Restaurant in Beverly Hills, and processing plants in Oxnard, Fullerton and Corona, went far beyond the confines of Southern California.

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Keeping Veggies Free of Bugs: And Yes, Do This at Home!

July 5, 2007

For I am Hashem your God – you are to sanctify yourselves and you shall be holy, for I am holy; and you shall not contaminate yourselves through any teeming thing that creeps on the earth. (Leviticus 11:44)

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OU branches out with new Kosher cooking show initiative: Simply Kosher!

July 5, 2007

Negotiations in progress to make programming available to worldwide television audiences.

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OU Reception Celebrates Publication of Rav Soloveitchik z”l Teachings

June 8, 2007

The Orthodox Union and its Mesorah Commission, devoted as they are to the life and teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik z”l, the Rav, last week celebrated the publication of the latest two volumes in its Shiurei HaRav series with a well-attended reception at OU headquarters in New York.

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OU Anounces Coast-to-Coast Winners of Kosher Essay Contest for Kids

June 5, 2007

The Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division today announced the winners of the First Annual OU Kosher Essay Contest for grades 4-12. The winners are Chevie Pahmer and Hadassah Goldman of Clifton, New Jersey; Sarah Sanfield and Abby Sanfield of Torrance, California in Los Angeles County; Chaya Meth of Baltimore, Maryland; and Zachary Weiner of New York City. The winners will have their essays published online at and will receive a $50 gift certificate to, a Judaica website.

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Nikkur: OU Kosher Instructs a New Generation of Mashgichim

May 22, 2007

A rabbi from OU Kosher hits the road to instruct a new generation of mashgichim on the complicated art of de-veining meat.

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OU/RCA Seminar Provides Know-How on Va’ad HaKashrut Issues

May 4, 2007

So a new kosher bagel store has opened for business in a community and there are rumors that the proprietor wasn’t so careful in his previous location about all the requirements of maintaining a kosher establishment. Or the catered Shabbat Kiddush, delicious though it may be, presents some difficulties regarding the standards of kashrut and the observance of the Sabbath. What’s a local Va’ad HaKashrut (certifying agency) to do?

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OU Kosher Presents Current Issues Facing Local Va’ad HaKashrut, May 1

April 12, 2007

Va’ad HaKashrut To offer insights into Current Issues Facing the Local Va’ad HaKashrut (certifying agency), the Orthodox Union Kosher Division’s Harry H. Beren ASK OU program will present a Kashrut Yom Iyun — a day of in-depth analysis –at OU Headquarters, 11 Broadway, Tuesday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Your Link to Delicious OU Passover Recipes

March 23, 2007

The central role of food in the Passover holiday and the intricacies of Jewish law regarding which foods may be eaten and which foods are chametz (leaven) and may not, require recipes which both are Kosher for Passover and are as tasty as recipes the year ‘round which are not bound by Passover restrictions.

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