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August 17, 2021

Brooklyn…Normally, Edith, a mother of 5 would still be vacationing in the Catskills in mid-August, but this year is different. Rosh Hashanah (eve of September 6th – Labor Day) is only three weeks away and three of her children are beginning school in days. She was shopping to replenish her depleted fridge and pantry

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August 17, 2021

Tel Aviv…No sooner had Poland's president signed a bill that set limits on the ability of Jews to recover property seized by Nazi German occupiers and retained by post-war communist rulers then some in Israel were calling for economic sanctions against the Poles. Israel had already recalled its ambassador from Warsaw.

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August 17, 2021

Houston, Tx…Nathan Herzog of Royal Wines/Kedem who does a good deal of travel around the country to visit kosher stores was “totally amazed” what he found in the flagship kosher store of H.E.B. “It really felt like I was in Brooklyn,” said Herzog. Much of the kosher success at H.E.B. is due to the hard work of

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August 17, 2021

Lakewood NJ…A leading kosher food distributor recently told Kosher Today that sales to some Orthodox communities had more than tripled in the last decade. The recent release of US Census data provides some fascinating insights. Lakewood, which had 92,843 residents (estimated 50,000 kosher consumers) in 2010 had ballooned

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August 4, 2021

Passaic…Almost thirteen years to the day that Pomegranate opened in Brooklyn, two new kosher independent stores opened in Passaic and Cleveland. Pomegranate became the trailblazer of a new generation of large kosher independent supermarkets that gave kosher consumers a one-stop shopping upscale experience with a huge

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August 4, 2021

Johannesburg, SA…by Alan Gale…The sudden closure of Gary Friedman Caterers, one of Johannesburg’s largest and much-beloved kosher caterers, has left the community in shock and shone a spotlight on a troubled industry dramatically affected by the pandemic, reports the Jewish Report.

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August 4, 2021

Secaucus, NJ…by Eda Kram…It is no accident that some distributors consider Kosherfest as not only a showcase for kosher certified products, but also for gluten-free items as an increasing number of booths will be exhibiting gluten-free products. It is also no secret that there are a significant number of people in the

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August 4, 2021

Judean Hills…The Ben Zaken family of Domaine du Castel and Ra’ziel wineries in the Judean Hills is still recovering from the fires that engulfed their original vineyards in Ramat Razi’el on June 10th. A fire of unknown origin devastated significant parts of the vineyards. Investigations of what and how the fire

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August 4, 2021

Tel Arad Fort, Israel…Yatir Winery is not your typical Israeli winery. Nor is Eran Goldwasser, its chief winemaker. Located at the foot of the Israelite Tel Arad Fort (an archeological site), Yatir is but 10 minutes from the vineyards of the Yatir Forest. Eran studied at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he

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August 4, 2021

San Diego…The outrage notwithstanding, most leading kashrus authorities in the US were not in favor of removing the “hechsher” (kosher certification) from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Rabbis met here as part of a conference sponsored by the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) as individuals supported the

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