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Orthodox Union Teaches Laws of Kosher to Houston Jewish Community

Visit Educates 500 People; Includes Demonstration, Fireside Chat and Presentations The Orthodox Union (OU) recently concluded an educational event in Houston, Texas. Kashrus experts taught about the laws of kosher to more than 500 community members and students. OU Kosher Managing Director Rabbi Eli Eleff and Rabbinic Coordinators Rabbi Chaim Goldberg and Rabbi Chaim Loike […]

OU Kosher Hosts Conference to Show Appreciation for Mashgichim in Israel

Israel’s Prominent Rabbis, OU Kosher CEO and COO Thank Mashgichim with Luncheon On January 16, the Orthodox Union (OU) held a kashrus conference in Israel for the mashgichim in its network. Some of Israel’s most prominent rabbis also attended, as well as OU Kosher rabbis and OU board members. The goal of the conference was […]

GE Appliances Completes Transition of Refrigerators to OU Kosher/CRC Certification

Top-Freezer Refrigerators Will Now be Certified with Built-in Enhanced Shabbos Mode through Collaboration between Kosher Certifying Agencies and Zman Technologies    In February 2023 GE Appliances (GEA) will begin production of a new line of OU Kosher/CRC Hisachdus–certified top-freezer refrigerators with manually operated, built-in Enhanced Shabbos Mode (EHM). These new appliances will allow users to […]

How Chickpeas Went From a Dream to Pareve Yogurt

  Noam Sharon was a corporate and securities lawyer in Israel before he began working on the idea that would become CHKP Foods, a company that makes OU kosher pareve yogurt from chickpeas. It wasn’t as radical a move as it may sound, given that hummus was an essential part of his diet growing up […]

OU Kosher Convenes Annual Conference for Rabbinic Field Representatives (RFR’s)

As one of the world’s largest yogurt makers was building their newest production facility, they called the OU Kosher certification agency because they wanted to produce a pareve (non-dairy) oat milk. The challenge was producing it in a dairy facility.   This question and others were discussed on May 15th and 16th at a gathering […]

OU Kosher Offers Marketing Support for Certified Companies

The Orthodox Union was founded in 1898 as a non-profit  community services organization that would help unify the growing and increasingly fragmented American Jewish community.  It would quickly become a powerful force within the United States through its support for education, European immigrants and political advocacy. As a result of these efforts the OU earned […]

How the OU Is Helping in Ukraine

When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February, OU Kosher, in close contact with the Jewish community there, began coordinating relief efforts.   Over the past month, food shipments and fundraising efforts have helped  provide the Jewish people of Ukraine with food, transportation and evacuation, hotels and shelters, medical supplies, resettlement and more. […]

GE Appliances Embraces OU Kosher and the Jewish Community

Our Plan at GE Appliances is Connecting With Customers At GE Appliances we’re on a journey called Zero Distance. That means we want to get closer to our customers than any manufacturer has ever done before. So when we saw the Jewish community and the way it was being served by the appliance industry, we […]

OU Kosher to Certify Shabbos Mode GE Appliances

Transition to OU Kosher Supervision Brings Improvements to Shabbos Mode on “GEA” Division Ovens and Refrigerators OU Kosher is in the process of certifying several GE Appliances (formerly GE) to help observant Jews keep the laws of the Sabbath, or Shabbos. Until recently, Shabbos-compliant ovens were certified by the Star-K agency. As of Jan 2022, some […]

Newly OU Kosher-Certified Bellarise Oil Reducer Helps Cut Baking Costs

Transitory or not, inflation has become the face of supply chain disruption. According to the USDA, the consumer price index rose by 6.8% in November 2021 from November 2020. To help its customers reduce production costs, the Pak Group, owner of the Bellarise brand, launched OU Kosher-certified,  Bellarise oil reducer. This new product is an […]