What would Passover be without The Orthodox Union’s Guide to Passover? The OU is pleased to announce that this year’s edition has now been shipped to all subscribers to the OU’s Jewish Action magazine, and to individuals, synagogues, organizations and retail stores that have placed orders at www.ou.org/guide. It contains a fascinating array of informative essays and information, and of course, a comprehensive list of products that do not need the OU-P symbol as long as they are already OU-certified for Passover, and another of the items that do need the special Kosher for Passover designation.
With a print run of close to 100,000, the Orthodox Union’s 2015 Guide to Passover is much in demand, as always. To see it for yourself visit www.oukosher.org/pesach.
Passover this year begins on Friday night April 3, when the first seder is held in conjunction with Shabbat, and extends through Saturday, April 11 when Yizkor is recited, with the Festival concluding at nightfall.
According to Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher, “A spring bestseller in the Jewish community is always the OU Passover Guide. This year, once again, the publication will offer a variety of new features, and will be of great value for those who seek a meaningful and kosher Passover. Second only to the Haggadah, it is the indispensable book for the Jewish home at Passover.”
The 104-page Guide contains:
- Passover FAQs by Rabbi Eli Eleff, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator;
- Shemittah in the Diaspora by Rabbi Nahum Rabinowitz, OU Kosher Senior Rabbinic Coordinator;
- The Kashering Primer by Rabbi Eli Gersten, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator and Halachic Recorder;
- To OU-P or No OU-P: Which Products Require Passover Certification by Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Singer, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator and Director of Passover Certification;
- Pasteur, Détente, and Kosher Wine by Rabbi Nahum Rabinowitz, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator, and Director of Wines and Spirits;
- Passover Halacha Roundup by Rabbi Yitzchak Twersky, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator;
- The World of OU Kosher byMayer Fertig, OU Chief Communications Officer with additional reporting by Tova Ross;
- Happy and Healthful Holiday by Bayla Sheva Brenner, Senior Writer, OU Department of Communications and Marketing;
- Passover Kitchen Tips by Carrie Beylus, Director, Design and Branding, OU Department of Communications and Marketing; and
- New OU Kitniyot Listing in the Product Guide.
A variety of annual features return as well: Consumer Shopping Guide; Medicines and Non-Food Items; Halachic Times for the Holidays; Observing the Passover Holiday Overview; and of course, the Sefirah Calendar for counting the Omer.
Edited by Carrie Beylus, Rabbi Nahum Rabinowitz and OU Kosher Executive Rabbinic Coordinator Rabbi Moshe Zywica, the Guide features a memorable cover design by Art Director Tova Belsh of the OU Department of Communications and Marketing.
The Guide is a supplement of Jewish Action and is free-of-charge to OU members and all who regularly receive the magazine. They arrived together around Purim time to most locations (along with the latest issue of Ignite, the inspiring Jewish Action supplement from NCSY.) Additional orders may be placed while supplies last at www.ou.org/guide.
As an alternate to a printed copy, the full range of information in this year’s Guide, and as well as a PDF download, are available at www.oupassover.org. Information from the Guide can also be accessed through the OU Kosher app, available for IOS and Android.