Rav Belsky, Rav Elefant and Others to Address Fascinating ASK OU Kashrus Program in Brooklyn


rav-belskyOU Kashrus will journey to Brooklyn for two shiurim this month to present its popular program, ASK OU OUTREACH, with a new twist — first highlighting two of its leading authorities this Sunday, April 18, and then on Sunday April 25 bringing in some of its rabbinical field representatives from the road to provide audiences with the opportunity to meet them and to learn about their specialties.

ASK OU OUTREACH is made possible by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, NJ. The ASK OU OUTREACH program has successfully presented well-attended programs in Lakewood, NJ; at Lander College in Queens; and for the Satmar community in Kiryas Joel, among other locations. In fact, in Lakewood alone crowds of between 300 and 1,000 attended the various kashrus shiurim.

Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education, declared, “After taking the Harry H. Beren ASK OU OUTREACH Program from Los Angeles to Boston and many communities in between, we are pleased to respond to numerous requests by Brooklyn residents to bring the OU’s Kashrus experts there. For the first time, the program will have OU posek Rav Yisroel Belsky, shlita, together with OU Kosher’s Chief Operating Officer Rabbi Moshe Elefant answer questions on halacha and OU policy submitted by the public.  Fascinating questions have already been submitted by email and fax that will be answered by them.”

Rabbi Grossman continued, “Another first will be the participation of our highly qualified mashgichim/rabbinic field representatives from around the country sharing their expertise with the audience. These are the unseen and unsung heroes who use their knowledge and experience to assure the kashrus of the countless products certified by the OU. These sessions, together with the ones on fish, birds and vegetable checking, should prove to be a fascinating kosher educational experience for all participants.” 

On Sunday, April 18, the shiur will take place at Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin, at 2913 Avenue L and the corner of Nostrand Avenue. The sessions are as follows:

  • 8:00 – 8:45 p.m., “Ask the OU Rabbonim,” with Rav Yisroel Belsky, OU halachic decisor and Rabbi Moshe Elefant, OU Chief Operating Officer and Executive Rabbinic Coordinator will answer questions on halacha and official OU policy. Priority will be given to questions sent by fax to 212.613.0621 or email Grossman@ou.org;
  • 8:45 – 9:30 p.m., “An Ex ‘salmon’ation of Kosher Fish,” by Rabbi Chaim Goldberg, Rabbinic Coordinator and fish expert; and
  • 9:30 – 10:30 p.m., “The Ongoing Struggle to Preserve the Mesoros of Kosher Birds,” by Rabbi Chaim Loike, Rabbinic Coordinator and bird/eggs expert, with a live viewing of exotic birds. (This lecture is sponsored by M.E. Korn and Family.)

            On Sunday, April 25, the shiur will take place at Agudath Israel Zichron Chaim Tzvi, 2122 Avenue S. The sessions are as follows:

  • 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Meet and Hear From the OU’s Expert Mashgichim/Rabbinic Field Representatives from Around the Country, including: Rabbi Yosef Florans of St. Louis on “The Reliability and Legality of Labels”; Rabbi Shraga Kaufman, of Chicago, on “How Pure is Pure?”; Rabbi Gershon Segal, of Newton Centre, MA, on “The Complexity of the Flavor Industry”; Rabbi Avrohom Stone, of West Orange, NJ, on “The Pasteurization of Beverages”; and Rabbi Benzion Twerski, of Milwaukee, on “The Kashrus Challenges and Opportunities from the Wisconsin Plains”; and
  • 9:00 – 10:30 p.m., “The Latest in Bedikas Toyloim of Vegetables and Fruits – A Live Demonstration” with Rabbi Yosef Eisen, former OU Rabbinic Coordinator of Food Services, and current rabbinic administrator of the Vaad of the Five Towns.

There will be a separate ladies section available for all sessions.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. the OU is doing a lot of good work , especially in podcast for people who have got to work and haven`t got the time to open a sefer .
    they are doing a great mitzwah leading people to Torah . just the name 0rthodox sounds a little strange .should be better called yiddishe union