Liquor, insects, boiling temperatures and international affairs — what do all these have in common? These topics, among many others, were examined at the Orthodox Union’s annual Kashrut Conference, held April 30-May 1 at the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel in New Jersey.
As the largest and most respected kosher certifying agency in the world, the Orthodox Union naturally is deeply interested in training the kashrut professionals of the future, who will work for both the OU and other organizations, including their local Vaad HaKashrut. As a result, OU Kosher this summer will once again offer two advanced seminars in kosher education, comprising the Harry H. Beren program.
The Orthodox Union announced today that it has certified as both kosher pareve (containing neither meat nor dairy) and gluten-free Miss Roben’s baking mixes. Miss Roben’s is one of the first companies to be certified through OU Kosher’s relationship with the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). Gluten-free diets are a medical necessity for individuals who cannot consume storage proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Under the OU-GFCO ties, the OU’s nearly 500 field representatives all over the world, proficient as they are in modern food production techniques and chemical and biological processes, will conduct plant inspections and product reviews for GFCO as they are certifying products as kosher for the OU.
The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America presented their annual Pre-Passover Seminar for Rabbis this week, addressing a variety of issues that involve the laws of kashrut and holiday observance. The program was webcast and viewed by rabbis around the country and as far away as Germany. Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld was Program Coordinator.
To answer questions that frequently arise during the Passover season, when the dietary laws are different from the ones that govern the rest of the year, OU Kosher has launched a brand new website, http://www.oupassover.com.
It was Chanukah, and as the thoughts of Jews everywhere turned to lighting candles and to the long winter ahead, Rabbi Dov Schreier was already immersed in springtime, planning for Passover. The Orthodox Union Kosher Division’s Rabbinic Coordinator for Food Services – which includes restaurants, caterers, hospitals and nursing homes — Rabbi Schreier was meeting with the management of upscale restaurants, going over the process of converting their establishments from OU Kosher to the even stricter OU Kosher for Passover.
Kosher Tidbits, debuts this week (February 14) on OU Radio; A Rabbinical road show to travel across North America.
OU Kosher is coming to a synagogue near you to address kosher needs of people in a secular workplace; program is to be Launched this month.
The Orthodox Union’s Ask OU Community Lecture Series today announced the receipt of a grant from the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, NJ, in memory of Mr. Beren z”l.
Once again this year the Orthodox Union is pleased to be a sponsor of the Kosher World Conference and Expo, to be held March 23-24 at the Anaheim (CA) Convention Center. This event is the only kosher trade show on the West Coast, and will be the cornerstone of the new World Ethnic Market. The show will provide you, the OU client, with an exciting platform to not only demonstrate your kosher certification, but to reach out in a fertile cross-marketing environment to a broad base of strongly motivated and focused retail and specialty buyers.