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GE Shabbos Appliances Advisory

OU Kosher is in the process of kosher-certifying several GE Appliances (formerly GE) to help observant Jews keep the laws of Shabbos. Until recently, Shabbos-compliant ovens were certified by the Star-K agency. As of Jan 2022, some of these appliances will come under the supervision of OU Kosher.   See the whole story on Matzav.

Technology has both simplified and complicated our lives. The use of refrigerators on Shabbat and the limited use of ovens on yom tov have long been sanctioned by many rabbinic authorities. Kitchen appliances continue to become more and more complex, sometimes presenting special challenges for Shabbat observers.


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The Shabbos Keeper

OU Kosher certified zmantech shabbos keeper for GE OvensThe Shabbos Keeper, which is sold separately, connects to an owner’s oven and refrigerator to automatically enable Shabbos-compatible modes each week and before every holiday. The Shabbos Keeper is preprogrammed through 2050, making it easy for the owner to stay in compliance. Once set, the Shabbos Keeper is programmed to automatically enter Enhanced Shabbos Mode 90 minutes before sunset Friday evening (to account for early Shabbos) and then revert to weekday mode 90 minutes after sunset on Saturday night.

Ovens models compatible with the Shabbos Keeper:

  • JGB660DPBB
  • JGB660DPWW
  • JGB660EPES
  • JGB660FPDS
  • JGB660YPFS
  • JGB660SPSS
  • JGB735DPBB
  • JGB735DPWW
  • JGB735EPES
  • JGB735FPDS
  • JGB735SPSS
  • PGB935YPFS
  • PGB935BPTS
  • JGS760DPBB
  • JGS760DPWW
  • JGS760EPES
  • JGS760FPDS
  • JGS760SPSS
  • JB735SPSS
  • JB735EPES
  • JB735DPWW
  • JB735DPBB
  • JB735FPDS
  • PB935BPTS
  • PB935YPFS
  • JS760SPSS
  • JS760EPES
  • JS760DPBB
  • JS760DPWW
  • JS760FPDS

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Shabbos Mode on OU Kosher Certified GE Ovens

The OU Kosher certified Shabbos Keeper and GE Shabbos Mode

Shabbos mode which exists with many oven appliances only makes certain changes to the oven function.  It does turn off the led readout and it does turn off the the light,  the oven light,  which is activated when you open and close the door. It does not have an auto shut off. 

Most ovens will shut off after a number of hours of use perhaps 12 hours.  In Shabbos mode, that is deactivated so that the oven will continue to run through a Shabbos or through a Yomtov.  In addition to that sometimes it does create certain delays in the way the  oven functions the introduction of the GE Shabbos keeper for ovens represents a significant upgrade to the existing shabbos mode and ovens both in terms of Shabbos observance without compromise and convenience.

Consumers one can take out food on shabbos leave food inside and come back and retrieve additional food as one goes through his meal one goes through courses from the night time into the daytime one can come back multiple times to the oven without any questions and that that is a really a problem for the Shabbos mode that exists otherwise.

The Shabbos Keeper which GE with Zman Technologies and reb Ortner have developed is something which takes us well beyond what what the existing devices do so talking about what the Shabbos Keeper is actually doing and operating the machine over here will break it apart to two parts once it’s the convenience part of it again it’s automated before shabbos before yomtov. It disables all the buttons on the screen and lets you let you use the oven with no worry about that.

The most important thing is the flames which is an actual fire very serious concern for shabbos is being automated on both levels the auto shutoff that is happening when you open or close the door it’s being deactivated so when you open or close the door nothing is actually happening.

Also the temperature-based cycles of the flames is being automated with a special technology that we work together with GE engineers and Zman technology is automating a way that you opening or closing the door also not affecting the on and off duration of the of the element so when you open across the door you don’t affect anything in the oven.

That  being said, you’re getting automatically a warm set temperature for the entire shabbos automatically every other shabbos we also added cooking windows for yomtov so when yomtov arrives you can have a few hours in the night meal and a few hours in the morning meal and get into bake mode which is around 350.  Everything is automated for you to use automatically from before shabbos and yomtov.

Rabbi Ortner as director of the ou’s Halacha and Technology department continues to work with GE and other companies to develop solutions to allow us as technology advances in our world as innovation continues to progress to keep the holy shabbos and yomtov and and have the convenience of doing so in a way that that works with with all the developments of technology.

Warming Urn

The Shabbos Keeper, which is sold separately, connects to an owner’s oven and refrigerator to automatically enable Shabbos-compatible modes each week and before every holiday. The Shabbos Keeper is preprogrammed through 2050, making it easy for the owner to stay in compliance. Once set, the Shabbos Keeper is programmed to automatically enter Enhanced Shabbos Mode 90 minutes before sunset Friday evening (to account for early Shabbos) and then revert to weekday mode 90 minutes after sunset on Saturday night.

Cabinet Mobile Heated

(Shabbos friendly) Cabinet, Mobile Heated, insulated, top-mount heater assembly, recessed push/pull handles, (12) sets of chrome plated wire universal angle slides aon 4-1/2 Inches centers adjustable 1-1/2 Inches centers, solid state electronic control, LED analog display, field reversible dutch doors, (4) heavy duty 5 Inches swivel casters (2) braked, anti-microbial latches, aluminum exterior & interior, NSF, cCSAus

SHABBULB™

The adjustable SHABBULB™ illuminates an entire space evenly, acting exactly like a regular bulb – with one difference. Hide and reveal light as needed without affecting electrical currents. Simply slide the lever on the side, and tiny covers glide over the LED lights that sit within the bulb.

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