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Reliable Kashrus/Kashrut Signs

The rules of kashrut dictate which animals can be eaten, how to slaughter animals, and how to separate meat and dairy. Though some of these laws are driven by compassion for animals, others are unexplained. For some Jews, vegetarianism and ecologically-conscious eating are new, relevant ways to keep kosher.

A kosher home is an important element in the foundation of Jewish life.  Jewish dietary laws, a kosher kitchen is designed to separate items used for preparation and serving of meat and dairy meals. Ideally, cookware, utensils, bowls, and dishes would be stored in separate drawers and cabinets.

In today's world of prepared foods, ingredients and processing methods are often unclear. Kosher certification agencies examine the ingredients used to make the food, supervise the process by which the food is prepared, and periodically inspect the processing facilities to make sure that kosher standards are maintained. Different kosher certifying agencies tend to follow different kosher certification standards, some more strict and others more lenient.

Products that have been certified as kosher are labeled with kosher symbols. The symbols are printed on the food's package. Kosher symbols are registered trademarks of kosher certification organizations, and cannot be placed on a food label without the organization's permission.

Kosher symbols not only ensure that the food is kosher, they also identify the kosher certifying organization that issued the certification. This guide identifies the kosher certifying agencies behind the most commonly used kosher symbols in the United States. More information about each agency, and the kosher standards it maintains, can be found on the agency's site. Source: About.com

Click on the Kosher symbol to get more details: Website, Kosher alerts, driving directions, and even satellite map!

DISCLAIMER: Ekollel does not vouch for the accuracy of the information submitted to the database. It is up to the consumer to verify the information by requesting to see a copy of the kashrut certification, or speaks with your local Rabbi.

Picture The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations
333 Seventh Avenue  New York, New York 10001
(212) 563-4000 Fax - (212) 564-9058  Rabbi Menachem Genack, Rabbinic Administrator Our Website is:
http://www.ou.org/ 

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA), more popularly known as the Orthodox Union, or OU, is one of the oldest Orthodox Jewish organizations in the United States. It is best known for its kosher supervision service, with the circled-U symbol, a hechsher, found on the labels of many commercial and consumer food products. The OU supports a network of synagogues, youth programs, Jewish and Religious Zionist advocacy, programs for the disabled, localized religious study programs, and some international units with locations in Israel and Ukraine. It is one of the largest Orthodox Jewish organizations in the United States. Its synagogues, and the rabbis who lead them, are usually identified among the stream of Judaism referred to as Modern Orthodox. This organization should not be confused with the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, a distinct Haredi rabbinical group with a similar name that was founded a few years after the OU. Source: Wikipedia

Picture The Organized Kashrus/Kashrut Laboratories 391 Troy Avenue Brooklyn, NY  11213   (718)756-7500 Fax - (718) 756-7503  Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, Kashrus/Kashrut Administrator Our Website is: www.ok.org
Picture Star-K Kosher Certification  122 Slade Avenue Suite 300 Baltimore, MD 21208
 (410) 484-4110 Fax - (410) 653-9294 Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, Rabbinic Administrator
Picture KOF-K Kosher Supervision 201 The Plaza, Teaneck, NJ  07666  (201) 837-0500 Fax - (201) 837-0126 Rabbi Ahron Felder, Director of Kosher Standards
heart-k.gif (482 bytes) THE HEART "K" Kehila Kosher Rabbi Avromon Teichman (323) 935-8383

  

The Vaad HaKashrus/Kashrut of Denver 1350 Vrain StreetDenver, CO 80204 (303) 595-9349 Fax - (303) 629-5159 Rabbi Y Feldberger, Rabbinic Administrator
Picture Vaad Harabanim of Greater Seattle 5100 South Dawson Street, Suite #102  Seattle, WA  98118-2100  (206) 760-2100  Fax - (206) 760-0905  David Grashin, Administrator
Picture Vaad Hoeir of Saint Louis  4 Millstone Campus
St. Louis, MO  63146  (314) 569-2770 Fax - (314) 569-2774  Rabbi Sholom Rivkin, Chief Rabbi
PicturePicturePicture The Texas K & International Kosher Supervision and the Chicago Rabbinical Council have merged into one company.     Rabbi Jenkins is the Kashrus/Kashrut administrator   2901 West Howard Street, Chicago Ill. 60645 (773)465-6632 Web: http://www.crcweb.org/  email: info@crcweb.org  

Picture National Kashrut  101 Route 306  Monsey, NY 10952  (914) 352-4448 Fax - (914) 356-9756
Rabbi Yacov Lipshutz, President
Picture Montreal Vaad Hair  6333 Decarie Boulevard Suite #100  Montreal, H3W3E1 Canada  (514) 270-2659 Fax - (514) 739-7024  Rabbi Peretz Jaffe Rabbinic Administrator, Rabbi Saul Emanuel Executive Director
Picture COR -Kashruth Council of Canada  4600 Bathurst Street  Suite #240  North York, Ontario M2R3V2  (416) 635-9550 Fax - (416) 635-8760 Rabbi Mordechai Levin, Executive Director
kosher australia Kosher Australia - Kosher l'mehadrin - Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick, Rabbi Yaakov Sprung and Rabbi Yaacov Barber +613 8317 2500
midwest-kosher.gif (538 bytes) Rabbinic Administrator of Upper Midwest Kashrut Rabbi Asher Zeilingold (612) 690-2137
crown-heights.gif (602 bytes) BAIS DIN OF CROWN HEIGHTS  Rabbi Dov Ber Levertov (718) 774-7504
gruber.gif (1038 bytes) Kashruth of The Central Rabbinical Congress Rabbi Yidel Gruber (718) 384-6765
BCK.gif (1859 bytes) Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia 401-1037 West Broadway, Vancouver B.C. V6H 1E3   Rabbi Levy Teitlebaum Phone: (604) 731-1803 - Fax: (604) 731-1804
Email: kosher@bckosher.org
agudah.gif (740 bytes) AGUDAH The Beth Din Zedek of Agudath Israel 02-385-2514
badatz.gif (547 bytes) Bais Din Tzedek of the Eida Hachareidis of Jerusalem 011-972-2-251-651

Badatz, a Hebrew acronym for "Beit Din Tzedek," or "Court of Justice," is a modern term used for a major Jewish rabbinical court. In Israel, the term 'Badatz' is often used to refer to the Badatz of the Edah HaChareidis; however, it is not the title of this group, and other batei din (rabbinical courts) use the title as well. It is often used in the context of hechsherim (kashrut certification). Source: Wikipedia

 





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