OU Kosher Expert Rabbi Eli Eleff Explains the Craft of Kosher Beer in Jacksonville’s Etz Chaim Synagogue Summer Kollel

05 Aug 2015
Rabbi Eli Eleff, Rabbinic Coordinator and Consumer Relations Administrator for OU Kosher, delivered his presentation in a private home to an audience of 50 on “This Bud’s For You: How To Enjoy Kosher Craft Beer in The Microbrewery Age.”

OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator and Consumer Relations Administrator Rabbi Eli Eleff recently led the Harry H. Beren ASK OU Outreach weekend program at the Etz Chaim Synagogue’s Summer Kollel in Jacksonville with his seven presentations on varied topics such as dairy equipment, certifying factories, and kosher liquor.

Rabbi Yaakov Fisch, Senior Rabbi at  Etz Chaim,  said, “Rabbi Eleff’s presentations were insightful, thought-provoking and well-delivered. His multiple lectures – ranging from craft beer in the microbrewery age to how to get a plant certified – were very well-received with much enthusiasm from our shul and community. Klal Yisrael is privileged to have someone such as Rabbi Eleff on the front lines of kashrut.”

Smiling from Jacksonville’s sunny Etz Chaim Synagogue. From left: David Pearl, Rena Feigenbaum, Etz Chaim Education Director Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum, Rabbi Yaakov Fisch, Rabbi Eli Eleff, Rabbi Aryeh Gross, Ed Feldman and Dr. Jonathan Gross.

In his presentation on craft beer, as depicted in the picture above, Rabbi Eleff discussed whether kosher certification of beer and other alchoholic beverages is necessary, potential halachic issues including those on Passover, and the production process of beer.