Sixth Sense

November 20, 2018

Food companies that produce kosher exhibit at Kosherfest for a variety of reasons, but mostly as an important event to help their bottom line, meet their existing and new customers, and showcase some of their new products. Forward thinking companies must also think of just how important this annual event for the overall

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November 12, 2018

The horrific attack and loss of life in the Tree of Life Synagogue was yet another reminder of the boundless reach of senseless hate. How sad that Jews congregating in a synagogue should lose their lives there. We all know these people. They walk our streets and shop our stores. They stock up their refrigerators before the

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October 31, 2018

We are supposed to gasp with a big wow when we read these stories but somehow with me they are somewhat of a big yawn. Madonna is looking for a kosher chef whom she is willing to pay $142,000. Two kosher businesses were vying for investments on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and one of them left with a deal from two of the

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October 16, 2018

In just a few weeks, Kosherfest will celebrate its 30th anniversary. After experimenting with a consumer event and then a combined consumer/trade event in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles, Kosherfest was launched as an exclusive trade show for the kosher food industry, the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

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October 9, 2018

The sheer cost of spending Sukkot in Jerusalem limited the experience to the more affluent in years past. When one added up the costs of airfare and hotel, especially for a large family, it certainly was reserved for those who could afford it. But in the just concluded holiday, it seems that the experience went well beyond

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September 5, 2018

The modern-day version of security in a shul (synagogue) includes keeping the Torahs in a safe, but more recently some synagogues lock away their tzeddakah (charity) boxes and yes, alcohol left over from a Kiddush. In one shul, several teenagers were seen sneaking into a “locked” kitchen cabinet to consume alcohol left

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August 20, 2018

Kosher catering in the US has significantly raised the bar for the presentation of kosher foods. The more I see kosher caterers at work, the more I have come to respect them as a very unique group of people who have contributed immensely to the upscale status of kosher. Anyone who has watched kosher caterers at work

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August 6, 2018

Intolerance seems to have found a new address, particularly when it comes to expressing anti-Jewish sentiments. Outrage, it seems, is best expressed against Jews who wish to consume kosher food. It has manifested itself in France, beginning with the 1982 horrific attack at Goldenberg’s which killed six or the 2105 attack

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July 24, 2018

As my readers know by now, I am a strategic marketing consultant by profession. So it is not surprising that I have the privilege of meeting many people with new ideas in a variety of spheres, including kosher food. The universal question is: “Is this an idea that will succeed?” Fair question, since money is almost

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July 10, 2018

Monticello, NY…Well, it isn’t referred to as the Borscht Belt any more, the big hotels like the Concord, Grossinger’s and Brown’s are gone and so are the iconic Jewish comedians that all but got their fame from the Catskills. Instead, there are bungalow colonies, developments and camps that estimates say are home

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