December 2, 2019

Transitions: Rabbi Benjamin Shadalov, founder of AKO, Passes Away at 86

Rabbi Benjamin Shadalov, founding executive director of AKO and former Kashrus Administrator of cRc, passed away recently at the age of 86.Born in St. Louis Rabbi Shadalov led pulpits in Dallas and Waco. He was the director of Camp Moshava in Wildrose, WI, and was an administrator at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL.  However, his most profound impact was on the world of kosher certification, when he served as the Kashruth Administrator of the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council) from 1981-1996. During this time, he was instrumental in changing the face of Kashrut, not only in Chicago, but across the country.  Under his leadership, the cRc improved its kosher standards, and expanded its certification services across the US. Rabbi Shadalov had the foresight to be the founder of the Association of Kashruth Organizations (AKO), which brings together the directors of kashrut agencies from across the country to share information, and improve national standards and techniques.  Rabbi Shadalov, known for his warmth and wit, was loved and respected by all who knew him.