In early March Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher and Rabbi Moshe Elefant, the COO were invited by the Jewish community to visit Spain. During their visit they met with community leaders and government officials. As a result one new Spanish company has applied for OU certification.
From Spain they made a pre-Pesach visit to Israel. During their three work days in Israel they met with a variety of rabbis, including the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and the Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.
In preparation for shmitta, the sabbatical year which beings after Rosh Hashana, they met with Shimon Hazut, a farmer with land in Moshav Gimzo about 6 miles southeast of Ben Gurion Airport.