OU Kosher combines expertise in halacha with an understanding of modern food production to ensure that kosher food meets the highest quality Kashrut supervision.
Thanks to the over 850 rabbinic field representatives located across North America and throughout the world — from Europe to Australia, and from China to South Africa — the OU Kosher symbol now appears on the labels of nearly 70% of America’s kosher certified food products.
Photo on left: OU Rabbinic Field Representative Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter inspecting Allen Flavors Inc. in New Jersey. Photo: Meir Kruter.
Photo on right: Rabbi Eli Eleff, OU Kosher RC and Managing Director of OU Kosher Community Relations Department, gives a presentation on kashrut to high school students at the Torah Academy of Bergen County. The OU Kosher Community Relations Department provides educational programming for yeshiva day schools.
inspections conducted May 2020–April 2021
countries with OU-certified facilities
From left to right: Rabbi Reuven Herzog, manager of Kedem operations, Marlboro, NY, and Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz, senior rabbinic coordinator, OU Kosher, discuss kosher wine-making at the Kedem Winery as part of an All Daf video series. The program was featured on the Kosher Encounter Virtual Seminar.
OU KOSHER COMMUNITY RELATIONS: KASHRUT EDUCATION & SUPPORT
ASK OU VIRTUAL SEMINARS
Over 2,000 people participated in the OU Kosher Community Relations Department’s multiday seminars. Topics included:
New Frontiers in Kosher: UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco: This seminar focused on OU Kosher’s latest certification work in the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco, and provided information about kosher travel in this region.
Kosher Encounter: This 4-day live webcast was broadcast from the kitchens of the Wall Street Grill in downtown New York City, Patis Bakery in Lyndhurst, NJ, and OU Kosher’s headquarters. Seminars included practical discussions about wine, food service, bakeries, and the Kashrut of fish.
YESHIVA DAY SCHOOL VISITS
Working to educate and engage high school students in the laws and practical application of kashrut, ASK OU sends representatives to schools for in-class demonstrations.
KOSHER HOTLINE AND WEBBE REBBE
Averaging over 200 inquiries a day throughout the year and close to 1,000 a day during the Pesach season, calls to the OU Kosher Hotline continue to climb, along with emails to Webbe Rebbe and questions posted on social media. Inquiries range from current certification queries to complicated issues requiring real-time assistance.
KOSHER APP: TEVILAS KEILIM, PAS YISROEL, BRACHOS, AND BUG CHECKING
More than a resource for product searches, the OU Kosher App includes a wide range of kashrut resources, including a tevilas keilim guide, a Pas Yisroel list, a guide to bug checking in a variety of fruits and vegetables, brachos, and more.
KOSHER-CERTIFIED TECHNOLOGY GUIDE
OU Kosher certifies several appliances including GE
refrigerators and ovens with “Enhanced Shabbos
Mode” to be used in tandem with the Shabbos Keeper.
The guide on OUKosher.org provides a listing with
THE ULTIMATE PASSOVER DESTINATION: THE HOTLINE AND THE GUIDE
In the month preceding Passover, traffic to OU Kosher’s website increases by over 300%, and hotline hours are expanded to meet the demand as questions flood in through all channels. OU Kosher also distributes over 70,000 copies of the OU Guide to Passover to homes, synagogues, and colleges. Featuring an up-to-date list of kosher-for-Passover products and interesting and informative content, the guide continues to be one of the OU’s most popular publications.
A very important part of the OU's mission is educating people about kashrut. All of us should be knowledgeable about what the halacha requires.
–Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO, OU Kosher
“For me the OU, over the years, has been the leader in kosher certification. The consumers really look at the OU as being the leader and very trustworthy.”
–Michele Mullen Raske, Founder & CEO, SOS CoPacking Solutions
“I credit our team’s ability to quickly adapt for allowing OU Kosher to maintain its high standards throughout COVID. Many of these changes have been integrated with the way we operate and will strengthen our certification going forward.”
–Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO, OU Kosher
The 'OU' label carries a halo invoking a diligent manufacturing process and reliable ingredient sourcing. It’s an ethical responsibility to make products our population can trust and enjoy.
–Julie Senko, President, Steuben Foods
KEEPING IT KOSHER DURING COVID:
58,450 INSPECTIONS IN 103 COUNTRIES
Change and adaptability continued behind the scenes as OU Kosher successfully navigated an unpredictable environment. While the use of technology evolved from the beginning of the pandemic, it was the strength of the relationships between OU Kosher and its client companies that made the transition possible.
OU KOSHER PROVIDES CUSTOMERS WITH MORE THAN SUPERVISION
Kashrut is a partnership between the OU and the companies it certifies. Little is of more importance than the OU’s relationship with its client manufacturers. To help build and maintain these relationships, the OU continually adds new services to support its business customers.
OU-certified companies looking for specialized contract manufacturing can find a suitable service for contract manufacturing.
This publication offers production and marketing resources to support all aspects of kosher production.
NEW PRODUCT MARKETING
Through its network of programs and marketing channels, the OU helps companies with newly certified products spread the word.
OU Kosher's monthly newsletter provides resources for everything from educational videos for kosher production, to opportunities for product marketing and increasing sales.
OU rabbinic coordinator Rabbi Dov Schreier, in the kitchen of the Wall Street Grill restaurant in New York City, discussing food preparation on the ASK OU virtual seminar, Kosher Encounter.
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