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A Milestone Os Achieved: Harry H. Beren ASKOU Kosher Training Program Graduates Its 500th Student

September 11, 2006

This year’s programs drew the largest number ever of participants, with 24 in a three-week internship session and 75 in a one-week training program. The students who intend to go into kosher supervision full-time and have already developed an extensive background in kosher law usually attend the three-week session. They are currently pursuing rabbinic ordination or are involved in a post-ordination kollel — an institute of advanced Jewish studies. The one-week students include as well synagogue rabbis or members of a community Vaad HaKashrut who conduct kosher supervision on a local level.

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Rabbi Kalinsky, OU West Coast Director, Fine-Tunes His Kashrut Skills At ASK OU 8 Seminar

August 31, 2006

Rabbi Alan Kalinsky, Director of the Orthodox Union on the West Coast, who is also one of the OU’s kosher certification experts, wanted to fine-tune his skills and so he flew to New York last week to attend the OU’s ASK OU 8 seminar on kosher certification. The ASKOU program, held every other summer, provides…

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OU Invites Dairy Industry Professionals To First-Of-Its-Kind Seminar

August 21, 2006

OU invites dairy industry professionals to seminar to help them resolve possible conflicts between production needs and Kosher concerns. Click here to register online now

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Learning From The Masters: Two OU Late Summer Programs Train The Next Generation

August 15, 2006

Following in the footsteps of some 500 of their predecessors, young men from all over the world have gathered together for three weeks at Orthodox Union headquarters in New York, concluding August 25. They are here on a mission — they want to be the world’s best in kosher supervision. Given the OU’s goal to…

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The Making Of A Mashgiach: How The Orthodox Union Trains The Next Generation Of Kosher Certifiers

August 10, 2006

This week and for the next two weeks, 65 rabbis and rabbinical students are participating in the eighth ASKOU program, held every other summer, in which senior rabbis from the Orthodox Union’s Kosher (Kashrut) Division provide intensive instruction in the intricacies of certifying that food is kosher. A kosher certifier – called a mashgiach – must not only be well versed in the complexities of Jewish law, but must also be familiar with rapidly changing food technology, manufacturing processes, chemistry, new products, ingredients, and other aspects of kosher certification.

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Absolutely Marvelous News In The World Of Vodka!

August 1, 2006

Absoult OU. Absoult is Certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union

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Have A Hot Kosher Question? Call The OU Kosher Hotline And We’ll Set You Straight

July 18, 2006

Since OU Kosher is seen as “The Lexus of Kosher,” consumers turn to the OU for much of their kashrut information.

The complexities of Jewish Kosher law are such that questions about what is and what is not kosher or other aspects of the halacha arise at all times, not only from those who currently keep kosher, but also from those who are considering doing so. Even rabbis, with their deep grounding in Jewish texts, need advice at times from the experts on the finer points of kashrut.

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Professor Temple Grandin, Foremost Expert On Humane Slaughter, Visits Agriprocessors Plant

June 30, 2006

OU announces that Professor Temple Grandin, foremost expert on humane slaughter, visits Agriprecessors plant and expresses satisfaction with practices now in effect there.

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Caption: OU Honors G. Jacobs Of Forest Hills With Kashrut Chair

June 27, 2006

At a warm, heartfelt and elegant event, one of the Orthodox Union’s most enthusiastic and long-standing leaders, Gustave Jacobs of Forest Hills, NY, and his wife Henriette, were honored at the naming and dedication of the Henriette and Gustave Jacobs Chair in Kashrut Education in the OU Kosher Division. The cocktail reception and buffet dinner, attended by a large gathering of Jewish communal leaders, was held recently at OU headquarters in New York.

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OU Introduces KosherProfessionals.com Website For Those In The Kosher Field

June 21, 2006

The Kosher Division of the Orthodox Union, which already maintains the oukosher.org website with its multiplicity of features for general audiences as well as for companies, has created a website specifically for professionals, to provide insights into the increasingly complex and changing field of kosher certification.

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