Kashrus Magazine, the Brooklyn-based periodical for the kosher consumer, has chosen Rabbi Aron Musat of Chicago, IL as their 4th annual “Mashgiach of the Year” and presented him with a check for $1,000. The presentation was made on November 11 at Kosherfest, the world’s largest trade show for the kosher industry. KASHRUS Magazine’s December/January issue will feature a full interview with Rabbi Musat. Previous awardees were Rabbi Favish Moster, Brooklyn, NY (2013), Moshe Stander, Boynton Beach, FL (2012) and Gedalia Silverstein, Atlanta, GA (2011).
Rabbi Musat was chosen from among the nominees of the 1,269 kosher agencies worldwide. He has worked for the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) for 12 years, and has served as the mashgiach at the Lieberman Center for Health & Rehabilitation, a senior living facility in Skokie, IL, for the past 9 years. He oversees kosher production of over 1,000 meals daily for the residents, as well as “meals on wheels,” hospitals, and nursing homes. Rabbi Musat’s expertise has been noted, and he was called to assist in the opening of new kosher healthcare facilities in Rockville, MD and Columbus, OH.
The sponsors of the “Mashgiach of the Year” Award were Diversified Communications, the producers of Kosherfest; Costa Rica Kosher Adventures (www.costaricakosheradventures.com); Kosher Vitamin Express (www.koshervitamins.com); Kosher Mills Grain Products (Brooklyn, NY); Deganim Cereals (Brooklyn, NY); Double Header Hosiery and Accessories (Brooklyn, NY; www.doubleheaderusa.com); and Africa Kosher Safaris (www.aksafaris.com).
“A mashgiach is not only the ‘eyes and ears’ of the kosher certifying agency,” said Rabbi Yosef Wikler, editor of KASHRUS Magazine, “but he is also the representative of kosher and Judaism to the staff in his facility and to the administration of the company he works for. Rabbi Aron Musat has excelled in demonstrating how a mashgiach can impact on those working around him. He is known for his care for each resident’s personal kosher needs, his communication skills and his efficiency in guiding the facility to maintain kosher standards.”
KASHRUS Magazine’s December/January issue will feature an interview with the “Mashgiach of the Year.” To receive a free copy of that 6-page interview and report, email KASHRUS Magazine at firstname.lastname@example.org, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to KASHRUS, Mashgiach Award, POB 204, Brooklyn, NY 11204, or call 718-336-8544.