COAST TO COAST HARRY H. BEREN ASK OU KOSHER PROGRAMS: DECEMBER 18 IN LOS ANGELES FOLLOWED BY VISIT TO GREAT NECK
From coast to coast, OU Kosher experts will be bringing educational programs to large and enthusiastic audiences in the next few weeks. The communities are Hancock Park in Los Angeles in December, to be followed by Great Neck on New York’s Long Island in early 2012, at a date to be determined.
On Sunday December 18 at 7:30 p.m., in conjunction with the Annual West Coast Torah Convention in Los Angeles, the Harry H. Beren ASK OU OUTREACH program will partner with the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) for a special Community Kashrut Event at the Young Israel of Hancock Park. OU posek and Rosh Yeshiva of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, Rav Hershel Schachter, will present a shiur on Kashrut of the Kitchen and the Workplace, to be followed by a panel of kashrut experts in an “ASK the Rabbanim” session.
The panel will consist of Rav Schachter; Rav Nachum Sauer, Rosh Yeshiva YULA; Rabbi Chaim Goldberg, OU Rabbinic Coordinator; and Rabbi Yaakov Vann, Director of Kashrut Services at the RCC. Rabbi Goldberg, who is the OU’s fish expert, will round out the evening with a presentation on Current Kashrut Issues of Fish. Rabbi Vann is a graduate of the first ASK OU Kashrut Internship program held at OU headquarters in 1996.
In January, in an event on the east coast now being planned, OU Kosher will present its first program in the Iranian Jewish community, with a session intended for both the Iranian and Ashkenazi populations of Great Neck. It will be held at Congregation Torah Ohr. This Harry H. Beren ASK OU OUTREACH program will mark the first time in any community that the OU’s two poskim (halachic consultants), Rav Hershel Schachter and Rav Yisroel Belsky, will be appearing alone to offer shiurim and to answer questions.
The rabbi of Congregation Torah Ohr, Rabbi Avraham Kohan, was a student of Rav Schachter at RIETS. He consults with Rav Schachter on a regular basis concerning issues of halacha pertaining to his community.
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