OU Kosher Community Relations Launched
More than 1,100 people from 23 countries on six continents participated in the new OU Kosher Community Relations Department’s first virtual event in September. The department focuses on education and support for kashrut-related topics.
Resources for Passover
At the beginning of the lockdown, OU added several new how-to Passover kitchen kashering videos to its inventory of Passover resources, along with an in-depth Passover kashering website. OU Kosher also increased support staff and hours of operation, radio appearances by OU administrators, and the distribution of over 80,000 Passover guides. There were also many virtual community educational events.
OU Kosher App: More Than Products
The OU Kosher app has become more than a product search: Its range of resources includes a tevilas keilim guide, a Pas Yisroel list, a guide to bug checking in a variety of fruits and vegetables, brachos, and more.
Answering All Kashrut Questions
The OU Kosher Hotline and Webbe Rebbe email service has been busier than ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, responding to over 200 inquiries a day and increasing to over 800 a day before Passover. Questions range from current certification news to complicated issues requiring real-time assistance.
Kosher Training for the Food Industry
Partnering with an educational resource company, the OU is helping provide resources for all companies producing kosher products under any certification agency. The OU’s commitment to kashrut helps ensure that any kosher product is produced with best kosher practices.
Rabbi Chaim Loike, OU Kosher’s expert in bird species, with a live bird at an Ask OU presentation for Camp Yorah Deah.