After a very busy Pesach season in April, OU Kosher convened its annual departmental conference in May for rabbinic coordinators and rabbinic field representatives. The conference was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Brooklyn with 150 attendees arriving from all over North America. The event was coordinated by Rabbi Michael Morris, rabbinic coordinator for OU Kosher.
The opening remarks were delivered by Harvey Blitz, chair of the OU Kashrus Commission. The shiur was given by Rabbi Hershel Schachter, posek for OU Kosher, on Modern Technology Use for Kosher Supervision. A question and answer session was conducted by Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher, and Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of OU Kosher.
Rabbi Avrohom Juravel, OU Kosher’s director of technical services, delivered a lecture on kashrus concerns for mixed (dairy and pareve) factories. Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, posek for OU Kosher, gave a talk imparting words of inspiration. Edmundo Gabaldon, director of operations at Cargil Foods Mexico, was honored for his dedication and excellence in support of the OU’s programs serving the community worldwide. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, executive rabbinic coordinator for OU Kosher, gave an OU Direct session on Technology and Modern Tools for rabbinic field representatives.
New executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, Allen Fagin, gave words of thanks and encouragement to all of the attendees.