ASK OU (Advanced Seminars on Kashrut)
Keeping a kosher kitchen involves more than purchasing kosher products. In order to educate families about hilchot kashrut, the Harry H. Beren ASK OU seminars bring OU Kosher experts to schools and synagogues throughout North America, and ASK OU offers online kashrut lectures for communities worldwide.
OU Rabbinic Field Team Gathers from Around the World
The OU Kosher annual conference brings the OU rabbinic field team, which comes from their posts around the world, together with OU headquarters administration. Over the course of two days, kashrut best practices, halacha, and new information is shared. An important part of the conference is thanking client companies for their commitment to producing kosher food. This past year, Jim Calhoun, R & D manager of Pepsico, was honored.
Resources for Passover Questions
In order to meet the kashrut standards the Jewish community demands on Passover, OU Kosher invests in additional Passover resources each year. This includes increased support staff and hours of operation, radio appearances by OU administrators, and the distribution of over 80,000 Passover guides for consumers.
OU Kosher App: Real-Time Product Search
Kosher consumers are able to access kosher resources on the go with the OU Kosher app. The app features OU product alerts, a Passover product guide, and a link to the information hotline for immediate assistance with kashrut questions.
Answering All Kashrut Questions
The OU Kosher Hotline and Webbe Rebbe email service respond to 150 inquiries a day, with questions ranging from current certification news to complicated issues requiring real-time assistance. As Passover approaches, the inquiries increase to over 800 per day.
Rabbi Hillel Karelitz; Rabbi Genack, CEO, OU Kosher; and Rabbi Elefant, COO, OU Kosher inspect a field of a grower in Israel who was observing Shemittah Year.
An RFR enters a silo to verify cleanliness before kosherizing for Passover use. The mashgiach must have training and special certification for this process.