OU Kosher Presents Shiurim 4/2 for Lakewood Bnei HaYeshivos

16 Mar 2012


OU Kosher’s popular ASK OU Outreach program will present “Special OU Kashrus Shiurim” in Lakewood on Monday, April 2 for Bnei Hayeshivos. The event will begin at 12:00 noon at the Beis Medresh Lev Avos, located on the corner of Oak Knoll and Iris Road. The free program is sponsored by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, NJ. Copies of “How to Check for Insects” by Rabbi Yosef Eisen (Rabbinic Administrator, Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway; and Former OU Foodservice Rabbinic Coordinator) will be distributed. Mincha will follow the shiurim.

At 12:00 p.m. Rabbi Chaim Goldberg, OU Rabbinic Coordinator and fish expert, will discuss “Current Kashrus Issues in Fish.” Topics of discussion include bishul akum pertaining to smoked salmon and canned fish; “What Could Be Wrong With Sushi?” t’vias ayin pertaining to herring; siman muv’hak with salmon; and bdikas u’nshiras kashkashim. The shiur will be followed by a question and answer session with Rabbi Goldberg.

At 1:00 p.m. Rabbi Yosef Eisen will discuss “Bdikas Tolaim for Pesach and Year Round” with sources in halacha. The shiur, followed by a question and answer session, will include hands-on demonstrations for preparing romaine lettuce; strawberries; celery; and onions.

Over the past several years the OU, in partnership with the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, has developed numerous kashrus educational programs for the benefit of the public. First came the training of kashrus personnel through ASK OU Kashrus internship programs for bnei kollel and semicha students. Then came ASK OU OUTREACH which brought OU Kashrus experts to many yeshivos and kollelim as well as communities throughout the length and breadth of the United States. Some of these communities include Los Angeles; Portland, OR; Hollywood, FL; New Haven; Boston; Monsey; Passaic; Far Rockaway and the Five Towns; Kew Gardens Hills; Boro Park; Flatbush; the Syrian community in Brooklyn; the Persian community in Great Neck; and this past Sunday (March 18) the Bucharian community in Forest Hills. The Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood also sponsors the popular VISIT OU programs where day schools, high schools, yeshivos and camps visit the OU and learn about kashrus at OU headquarters. Recently, an Advanced Kashrus Seminar for Women was begun for those ladies who wish to enrich their knowledge of kashrus.

Rabbi Yosef Grossman, Senior OU Educational Rabbinic Coordinator, remarked, “It is with great pleasure that we are able to bring this special Pre-Pesach ASK OU OUTREACH kashrus program to Lakewood, the home of the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, New Jersey, which has sponsored our multi-faceted programming for so many years. We are especially pleased to offer these shiurim of the foremost contemporary kashrus experts to the bnei hayeshivos who will produce from their ranks bs”d the future kashrus experts of the next generation. We look forward to our continuing partnership with the Beren Foundation in promoting these unique kashrus educational experiences for many years to come.”

For further information, contact Rabbi Grossman at Grossman@ou.org, call 212-613-8212 (office) or 914.391.9470 (cell).

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