A Philadelphia Story: ASK OU Kosher and First Seder in Bala Cynwyd

09 Jul 2014

In the spirit of the City of Brotherly Love, nearly one hundred men, women and students attended the Harry H. Beren ASK OU Outreach/First Seder Bais Medrash Kashrus program at the Lower Merion Synagogue in Bala Cynwyd, a suburb of Philadelphia. The event was jointly organized by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, senior educational rabbinic coordinator of OU Kosher, and Rabbi Uri Greenspan, Rosh HaYeshiva of First Seder.

From left: Rabbi Chaim Loike, Rabbi Yitzchok Friedman,  Rabbi Uri Greenspan,  Rabbi Yosef Grossman, and Rabbi Avraham Shmidman 

First Seder is an independent organization that provides structured programs of Torah learning in Mishnayos, Halacha, Gemara, Tanach and Jewish ethics/philosophy for men of all ages and backgrounds.

Rabbi Chaim Loike, OU rabbinic coordinator and bird expert, spoke on “The Mesorah of Kosher Birds” and presented a demonstration with numerous live birds. Rabbi Yitzchok Friedman, OU rabbinic field representative in Maryland and Pennsylvania, spoke on “Keeping Kosher on the Road.” Rabbi Avraham Shmidman of the Lower Merion Synagogue was also present at the program.

Rabbis Greenspan and Shmidman are both graduates of the ASK OU Advanced Seminars on Kashrus programs organized by Rabbi Grossman for training mashgichim.

Rabbi Greenspan of First Seder declared, “Yasher koach and thank you very much for your wonderful presentations. I am looking forward to working with the OU again in the future.”

For more information on First Seder class schedules and to sign up for live video learning please visit www.firstseder.org, or contact Rabbi Greenspan at rabbigreenspan@firstseder.org, or call 732.407.3178. For more information on ASK OU Outreach contact Rabbi Grossman at grossman@ou.org or 212.613.8212.