Conference Award


Photo L-R: Mr. Harvey Blitz, Chairman, OU Kosher; Ms. Elizabeth Seibert, Senior Quality Compliance Manager, Kellogg Company; Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO, OU Kosher; Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher; Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO, OU Kosher.

Photo L-R: Mr. Harvey Blitz, Chairman, OU Kosher; Ms. Elizabeth Seibert, Senior Quality Compliance Manager, Kellogg Company; Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO, OU Kosher; Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher; Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO, OU Kosher.

And the Winner Is…OU Kosher, Kellogg and Treehouse Brands Consumers…

When OU Kosher held is annual Spring Conference at a Brooklyn Hotel, it brought together the entire staff of Rabbinic Coordinators and Rabbinic Field Representatives. Among the highlights of the two-day program was the presentation of two very special awards, the “OU Company of the Year Award” to Kellogg Company; and the “OU Professional Partner of the Year Award” to Treehouse Private Brands.

Kellogg’s Receives “OU Company of the Year” Award

Elizabeth Seibert is senior quality compliance manager for the Kellogg Company. In this capacity, she oversees implementation and adherence to strict regulatory guidelines and standards among the dozens of Kellogg Company manufacturing sites. This has made Ms. Seibert uniquely qualified to preside over the management of all aspects of kosher certification for the Kellogg Company.

Ms. Seibert assumed this responsibility with great dedication and sensitivity and a passion to learn the regulatory standards required by kosher dietary law. Managing kosher certification has literally become, for Ms. Seibert, a labor of love as she has attested. “I do so love learning more and more about kosher dietary law,” she says. Ms. Seibert’s penchant toward detail and organization, coupled with her passionate love for kosher, is an exemplary model for all kosher coordinators. The OU is proud to show its appreciation for Ms. Siebert’s extraordinary efforts in maintaining the highest standards of OU kosher certification by bestowing the Kellogg Company with the OU’s “2016 Company of the Year Award.”

Photo L-R: Rabbi Akiva Tendler, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher; Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO, OU Kosher, Barry Brown, Quality Assurance Manager, TreeHouse Private Brands; Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO, OU Kosher; Rabbi Dovid Rockove, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher.

Photo L-R: Rabbi Akiva Tendler, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher; Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO, OU Kosher, Barry Brown, Quality Assurance Manager, TreeHouse Private Brands; Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO, OU Kosher; Rabbi Dovid Rockove, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher.

Treehouse Private Brands Named “OU Professional Partner Of The Year”

Barry Brown has been involved with OU Kosher for about three decades. He is a superb, moral and ethical individual and the consummate professional, devoted to his family, his company, his community and those he works with. He is vigilant in upholding production and kosher requirements with great attention to every detail, thereby ensuring production of quality products with the highest level of kashrus standards. Throughout this time he has been a very loyal friend of the Orthodox Union. We have taught him about kashrus and he has worked with us, questioned us and when necessary, directed us. He has great respect for the OU and is not shy about privately and publicly expounding on the virtues of the Orthodox Union. We in turn greatly respect him and honor him for the person that he is and for what he means to the OU.

Photo L-R: Rabbi Akiva Tendler, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher; Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO, OU Kosher, Barry Brown, Quality Assurance Manager, TreeHouse Private Brands; Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO, OU Kosher; Rabbi Dovid Rockove, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher.