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OU KOSHER Responds to the Pre-Passover 2015 Needs

April 30, 2015

As the kosher community continues to expand and grow, so does OU Kosher’s commitment to serve it. The just-concluded 2015 Passover season clearly highlights the great lengths that OU Kosher went to once again to meet the needs of the kosher consumer. “People told me how wonderful it was that the OU was there for…

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Jelly Belly Candy Company Receives 2015 OU Company of the Year Award

April 27, 2015

Ms. Pat Collins, Director of Sales for the Jelly Belly Candy Company, accepting the 2015 OU Company of the Year award at the annual OU Kashruth conference on Sunday, April 26, 2015. This prestigious award represents Jelly Belly’s excellence in dedication and commitment to their OU kosher program and the community at large. On hand…

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OU KOSHER Announces Extended Hours – Kosher Hotline

March 23, 2015

OU Kosher announces special OU Kosher Hotline hours to assist with Passover preparations. The following are the hotline’s extended hours: Sunday March 29th: 10:00 am – 12 :00 noon Monday March 30 – Thursday April 2nd: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday April 3rd: 10:00 am – 1 :00 pm (Erev Yom Tov) The kosher hotline number is 212-613-8241….

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Pre-Passover Programs in Queens, Brooklyn &Lakewood

March 23, 2015

Once again this year, OU Kosher will send its experts into the field to provide educational seminars prior to Passover. The programs, part of the Harry H. Beren ASK OU OUTREACH initiative, are as follows:   Sunday, March 22 Congregation Ahavas Yisrael of Kew Gardens Hills, 147- 02 73rd Ave, 8–9:30 p.m. Rabbi Herschel Welcher,…

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OU Kosher Pre-Pesach Webinar – Registration

March 10, 2015

Please complete the form below to register for this year’s Pre-Pesach Webinar.  The program will be live from OU Headquarters in New York, NY on Tuesday, March 17 from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EDT. The OU Kosher panelists and topics include: Rabbi Moshe Elefant, chief operations officer, on What’s New for Passover? Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz,…

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CEO Of OU KOSHER To Receive Award At RIETS Annual Gala

February 26, 2015

Rabbi Menachem Genack   Rabbi Menachem  Genack, chief executive officer of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division, will be honored at the annual gala of the Yeshiva University affiliate Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) on Sunday, March 8 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. At the ceremonial dinner, Rabbi Genack will be presented…

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OU Kosher Presents Consumer Hotline FAQ’s for Sukkot

October 5, 2014

OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers in preparation for Sukkot. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. The questions below were answered by  Rabbi Eli Gersten, rabbinic coordinator and halachic recorder. The responses were reviewed by Rabbi Yaakov Luban, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive…

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Harry H. Beren ASK OU Community Kashrut Program

July 31, 2014

RIETS students gather around OU Kosher CEO Rabbi Menachem Genack, seated at center, together with Rabbi Yaakov Luban, standing to his near right,and Rabbi Dov Schreier, far right. The Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division recently held its annual seminar for advanced semicha (ordination) students at RIETS, the rabbinical seminary of Yeshiva University. The Harry H. Beren ASK OU Kashrut Program at RIETS included presentations from senior…

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A Philadelphia Story: ASK OU Outreach and First Seder Presentation in Bala Cynwyd

July 28, 2014

From left: Rabbi Chaim Loike, OU rabbinic coordinator and bird expert; Rabbi Yitzchok Friedman, OU rabbinic field representative in MD and PA; Rabbi Uri Greenspan, Rosh Yeshivah, First Seder Bais Medrash; Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU senior educational rabbinic coordinator; and Rabbi Avraham Shmidman of the Lower Merion Synagogue. In the spirit of the City of…

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OU KOSHER Honors Terry Grillo of Firmenich for 20 Years of Dedicated Service

May 28, 2014

On May 21 the OU recognized Terry Grillo, Regulatory Specialist at Firmenich, upon the occasion of her retirement after more than 20 years of dedicated service to the Orthodox Union kosher program. Firmenich is one of the global leaders in the flavor industry. Left to right: Elisa Berger, Flavor Analyst and Administrative Assistant to Rabbi…

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