Passaic Community to Feature OU’s National Kosher in the Workplace Symposium, Sunday, June 11

May 10, 2006

Tifereth Israel Congregation
180 Passaic Avenue
Passaic, NJ 07055
Sunday, June 11, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

The highly popular Orthodox Union’s Kosher in the Workplace Symposium will be held at Tifereth Israel Congregation of Passaic on Sunday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Admission is free.

The program will feature Rabbi Dov Schreier, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator, and Rabbi Avrohom Stone, OU Kosher Field Representative, who will discuss office-related questions for those working in a secular environment, such as:
* Can I use the office microwave and coffee machine?
* How do I attend a meeting in a non-kosher restaurant?
* Can I eat anything at the office party?

Kosher in the Workplace is part of the Harry H. Beren Ask OU Community Lecture Series, in which Orthodox Union experts visit OU synagogues throughout North America. The symposium has been developed to answer questions frequently asked by kosher observant Jews working in a secular workplace and is a joint project of the OU’s Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Depar-*/tment of Synagogue Services, and OU Kosher.

Other sponsoring synagogues from the community will be announced.

“Our job at the OU is to service our synagogues by offering them relevant programming,” declared Stephen J. Savitsky, OU President, and Chair of the OU Kashrut (Kosher) Commission. “Our Kosher Division is recognized worldwide as a trusted and reliable certification with years of expertise. Kosher in the Workplace is part of an overall initiative to make this knowledge readily available to the Jewish community.”

“Observant Jews can be found in ever strata of the workplace. The OU wants to empower them with knowledge of how to properly function in this environment,” said program coordinator Rabbi Robert Shur of the Community and Synagogue Services Department.”

According to Rabbi Dovid Cohen, who is coordinating the program for OU Kosher, “We conducted a poll, in which we solicited questions from two Jewish e-mail lists, regarding the keeping of kosher in the workplace. We got an amazing amount of responses, which gave us much insight into the issues and the relevance of this topic.”

To register for this event; for more information about Kosher in the Workplace; or to submit specific questions for the presenter contact Rabbi Shur at 212-613-8329 or roberts@ou.org.