Announcement: Advanced Kashrut Seminar for Women

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Advanced Kashrut Seminar for Women

Join the OU’s 2nd Advanced Kashrut Seminar for Women including lectures, hotel kitchen and industrial plant tours.

This Harry H. Beren ASK OU program will feature lectures on a wide variety of aspects of kashrut as well as industrial plant and hotel kitchen tours with instruction provided by a faculty of OU experts. It will take place at OU headquarters from Aug. 29 – Sept 2 Mon. – Thurs. from 9:30 – 5:30 and Friday 9:30 – 2:30.

Sessions include checking vegetables for insects, learning when a question needs to be asked about a bruise on a chicken, meat and dairy control in the foodservice kitchen as well as the home kitchen, identifying and purchasing kosher fish, methods of foodservice and industrial kosherization, and general questions on Kashrut in addition to the site visits.

There is a $75 registration fee. This is the only fee for the course.
An application and contact information are available here: link. Act today. Limited space available.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. And why is this open only to women?

  2. R’JK,
    Because that’s the world we live in now. (sad but true :-))

  3. Oy! ;-(

  4. Joseph Kaplan on July 15, 2011 at 8:22 am
    And why is this open only to women?

    “joel rich on July 15, 2011 at 8:36 am
    Because that’s the world we live in now. (sad but true :-))

    The question really is what world do really live in and how much is it what the OU is? The OU for decades during the time of the Rav was not MO like the RCA was during that tim which followed the Rav see eg the RCA was firmly behind staying in the SCA while the OU had major fights about it. The OU did not pick an MO person to be the head of its youth organization and that choice was made.
    over 50 years ago.

    One does not have to follow JOFA to see how womens issues have changed at least part of Orthodoxy-see eg the Ravs insistence on teaching women talmud including Maimonides, Stern College, etc
    Certainly Teaneck and the 5Ts have become more RW in some respects-just compare the Rabbis of schuls-but that is largely a Rabbinic change-A change which to a large extent is sadly due to the fact that it has been over 25 years that the Rav has had any influence on musmachim-but look at the street. There is a franchised donut store in one of those communities that has hashgacha from a hashgacha that is not part of the local Vaad-has that prevented people from eating their products despite almost universal attack nt local Rabbis against a place going outside the local Vaad-no. Some people have told me they eat their just to try and fight monopoly of the vaad.
    Certainly many believe that the OU is essentially a haredi operation when it comes to kashruth;it wants legitimacy within the haredi community and acts accordingly. Thus, a reason for this OU action of inviting only women. YU offered a lecture through its CJF in my area about the Sreidei Eish open only for women. I was interested in going-but men not invited.
    A lot of the so called change is Rabbinic-RHS and R M Willig to some are the people who many new musmachim treat as their guides. Certainly RHS is the most important Talmid Chacham in the YU orbit and in IMHO in the US. Many in the RWMO see him as a successor of the Rav- but RHS is drastically different in approach from the Rav-eg attitudes to secular studies and other hashkafic issues.

  5. What I’m actually curious about is this:

    ” meat and dairy control in the foodservice kitchen as well as the home kitchen”

    and this:

    ” methods of foodservice and industrial kosherization”

    IIRC, the Star-K allows female mashgichot, though there aren’t many. Does this imply that the OU is as well, for is this more of a thing for restaurant owners/general interest?

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