July 10, 2018

Kashrus Agencies Debate Pressing Issues at AKO Vaadim Conference

Woodbridge NJ…Nearly 100 rabbis from kashrus agencies from as far away as Australia spent three days at the Renaissance Hotel here deliberating in issues facing regional, local and national kashrus agencies. Organized by the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO), the Conference (July 8-10), covered many issues faced by the agencies, particular the local kashrus committees, known as Vaadim. Chaired by Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, who also serves as the Rabbinical Administrator of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, the conference covered such issues as the tradition of which birds are kosher, certification of a foodservice mashgiach, specific issues that relate to kashrus in a foodservice facility on Shabbos and Passover, the Do’s and Don’ts of Crisis Management. The use of technology in foodservice establishments, transparency in kosher standards that are communicated to the public, Israeli certifications, building community support for a kashrus committee, and other “housekeeping” matters.