Mayer Thurm z”l, Pioneer of Kosher Cheese in US, Upon His Shloshim

This week marks the shloshim of Mayer Thurm z”l of World Cheese Company,who passed away at the age of 92.
Mr. Thurm, his brother Leo and father left Germany just before the Nazis came to power with cheese they were able to get out instead of money. Once on these shores, the Thurms introduced kosher cheese to the kosher market and later were first to introduce a higher standard cholov Yisroel cheese. They created such brands as Migdal (Hebrew for the German term Thurm – tower), Miller and Haolam.
Mayer was highly respected in the industry. A soft-spoken man with strong hashkafos and ahavas Hashem, he slowly built the first large-scale kosher cheese company that in turn became the supplier of a network of kosher eateries including pizza stores. Almost every supermarket that carried kosher items included the Miller’s brand. They slowly expanded World Cheese and were the first to introduce the cheeses that heretofore were not available to kosher consumers.
Yehi zichro boruch
(Kosher Today)


  1. The well presented article doesn’t state that he was an עובד ה’ און אן עהרליכער איד. He was both and to a very high standard. He suffered the liss of his only son when the child, Mordechai, was just 7 years old. יהי זכרו ברוך


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