September 15, 2014

Kashrus Vaadim to Meet in November in Pennsylvania

CHICAGO — Kashrus officials will no doubt be busy this November as they prepare for Kosherfest and the traditional meetings after Kosherfest, and for the AKO Vaadim Conference which will take place on November 3rd and 4th at the Capital Resort & Conference Center, in Waynesboro, PA. which is certified by the STAR-K, certifiers of the entire resort facility year round. The Vaadim or local kashrus committees have increasingly become a major factor in certifying local establishments and even many national companies.

One of the topics most likely to be discussed at the conference sponsored by the Association of Kashrus Organizations is likely to be Shmittah, the upcoming year that begins next week with Rosh Hashanah in which all fields in Israel will be subject to the sabbatical year. The sabbath year also called sheviit is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel, and still observed in contemporary Judaism. AKO has named Rabbi Usher Anshel Eckstein as the Chairman of its Shemitah Committee. AKO is looking for volunteers from the AKO membership to join this committee so that all practical and Halachic (Jewish law) Shemitah issues can be discussed and when appropriate shared with the entire AKO membership.