Just in time for the Torah portion of Shemini, to be read March 29 and which introduces the laws of kashrut, OU Kosher will celebrate the production of the 100th and 101st Kosher Tidbits, the comprehensive series of 15-minute broadcasts by OU experts on a wide variety of kosher topics, and heard on www.ouradio.org.
In an atmosphere of profound mourning, the radiance of faith and hope shone through as three distinguished rabbis led an Orthodox Union-sponsored memorial service for the victims of last week’s Mercaz HaRav yeshiva massacre. Held at the venerable and ornate Young Israel of Flatbush, an OU-member synagogue, as the seven-day shiva period for the dead was coming to a conclusion, the sanctuary was filled with more than 500 men and women as Rabbis Kenneth Auman, Dovid Goldwaser and Tzvi Hersh Weinreb delved into a variety of Jewish sources to shed light on the tragedy and what lessons should be learned.
In anticipation of the Passover holiday and its complexities, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division announced today that it will present a pre-Passover webcast on the OU website, www.ou.org/ouradio/webcast, to clarify questions and concerns people are facing in their preparations. It will be held Thursday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m. with log-on time at 2:45 p.m. The webcast is part of OU Kosher’s continued and ever-growing educational outreach to the community, which includes the OU Kosher Coming to Schools and Communities programs and the Kosher Tidbits postings on OU Radio, www.ouradio.org.
Niagara Falls, a world-class destination for tourists, nature lovers, and honeymooners alike, will now serve as the locale for a very special Shabbaton being offered by the OU’s Singles Connection program.
The Orthodox Union will present its National Kashrut Leadership Award to Osem USA at the OU’s 110th Anniversary National Dinner, Sunday, April 6 at the Grand Hyatt New York. Osem USA President, Izzet Ozdogan, will accept on behalf of the company.
OU Kosher announced today that its newly certified company, Glanbia Ingredient Ireland, is producing kosher lactose for baby formulas, with the lactose being supplied to major formula manufacturers in the American market. By working with the OU, Glanbia is able to produce a kosher product without the need repeatedly to kosherize its plant and to modify its production procedures.
The close relationship between OU Kosher and Cincinnati-based Beam Global Spirits and Wine, which goes back to 1992, became even closer in March, 2007 when Beam’s 60-flavor array of DeKuyper® cordials and liqueurs, the best-selling line of those products in the United States, was certified OU Kosher. The 60-product certification was the largest liquor kosher certification ever in the United States.
Last week, a Palestinian gunman entered one of Jerusalem’s most renowned yeshivas, Mercaz HaRav, and mercilessly shot to death eight students, all but one a teenager, who were engaged in the study of Torah. This heinous crime has stunned the Jewish community worldwide.
The Orthodox Union will present its Young Leadership Distinguished Service Award to Jonathan Mell of Teaneck, a member of the OU’s Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Young Leadership track of the upcoming 2008 Biennial Convention. The presentation will take place at the OU’s 110th Anniversary National Dinner, Sunday, April 6, at the Grand Hyatt New York.