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2020-9-17 KosherGram PDF

FISH HEADS: [from New Square Kashrus Council]
• White fish: White fish heads are free of infestation concern.
• Salmon/Baby salmon: Salmon heads [even farm raised] are commonly infested with salmon lice (small brownish parasites ranging in size from approximately 1-3 cm).
· The entire gills must be removed. (It may be easier to first cut the head in half before cleaning).
· Rinse the head thoroughly with water while rubbing all surfaces of the head (inside and outside), including all cracks, crevices and folds, and under and around the tongue. Inspect the head to make sure it is clean.
One who wants to avoid the checking process may just rinse the head and cook the head in a separate pot, take a small piece from the flesh of the head, and visually inspect it before eating to make sure there is no foreign object on it.
• Carp: Carp heads may be infested with very small transparent insects called Argulus that are very hard to detect. There is no known method to clean infested carp heads properly, and they should not be used unless checked by an expert.

BLACK EYED PEAS are often infested and require careful checking. The following is the Star-K procedure for checking dried, canned or frozen black eyed peas, and applies even if the product bears Kashrus certification. (Note: All canned peas and beans always require Kashrus certification, for general Kashrus concerns.)
• Dried black eyed peas should first be boiled in water. After they have been fully cooked, turn off the flame and allow the peas to soak in the water for 2-3 hours. The peas will swell and the peel will become translucent. Then check as below.
• Canned or frozen black eyed peas may be checked straight out of the can/bag; there is no need to boil or soak.
• To check (all types): Take the peas and inspect for holes or dark-colored stains, as this may indicate an insect beneath the thin peel. If there is a dark spot on the peel, remove the thin skin and check if there is a cavity with a bug in it. (The black “eye” spot is not a sign of infestation. Similarly, orange colored stains on the surface are not signs of infestation; only dark or black stains are of concern.)
[Note: For those who prefer not to rely on checking, some Poskim advise that the Rosh Hashana simanim custom can be fulfilled without eating the item, by placing it on the table and looking at it.]

PAS YISROEL:
In addition to TRADER JOE’S brand of CHOCOLATE BROOKLYN BABKA and HALF MOON COOKIES that are Pas Yisroel, as listed in the August KosherGram, Trader Joe’s new CINNAMON BROOKLYN BABKA variety with OU Pareve is also Pas Yisroel (not Yoshon).
Many BENTON’S CHOCOLATE CHIP and SANDWICH COOKIES at Aldi , which in the past were OU Pareve, have changed or are changing to OU-D. Check each package for its correct status. We are researching whether the OU-D indicates actual dairy or only dairy equipment. (They are not Pas Yisroel.)

We Wish All a K’siva v’Chasima Tova

COVID update, Instructions for Rosh Hashanah Davening and Zmanim for Shabbos/Yom Tov

We are still experiencing a pandemic, and there has been a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in several orthodox communities. We remind everyone to remain vigilant during the upcoming Yomim Tovim, especially as guests and students from out-of-town will be home and visiting our community.  Each person’s risk and medical history is different. Please consult your doctor for medical advice and your rav for halachic guidance. Needless to say, anyone who feels ill or has any symptoms of COVID-19 should remain at home.

For those davening at home, the following guidelines should be followed:

Certain parts of Tefillah are omitted when davening individually, including Kaddish, Barchu, Chazaras ha-Shatz, Kedusha and Hotza’as ve-Hachnosas Sefer Torah.  In addition, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah which falls on Shabbos, Ashkenazim omit the second Yekum Perkan and Mishaberach.

While an individual Davening alone has no obligation to recite any of the individual piyyutim from Chazaras ha-Shatz, (such as U’nesane Tokef, L’Kel Orech Din, etc.) one may, however, recite them if desired.

Each individual should make arrangements to hear the Shofar on Sunday, the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Avinu Malekeinu is not recited on the first day of Rosh Hashanah which coincides with Shabbos, but it is recited on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Although not required, it is appropriate to read the Krias HaTorah from a Chumash, with the trop if possible. Similarly, the Haftorah, with the trop, should be read as well. No Berachos should be recited on the Torah reading or the Haftorah.

Because this first day of Rosh Hashanah coincides with Shabbos, we delay the recitation of Tashlich until Sunday, the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah.

Zmanim/Schedule:

FRIDAY, EREV SHABBOS/EREV ROSH HASHANAH, SEPTEMBER 18

  • Zman candle lighting is at 7:19 pm.  Mincha should be completed before 7:37 pm.

FIRST DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH – SHABBOS, SEPTEMBER 19

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 7:18 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:46 am or 10:22 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:24 am (Gr”a.)
  • Chatzos, midday, is at 1:27 pm
  • Mincha should be recited after 1:57 pm.
  • It is preferred to end Shalosh Seudos by 4:30 pm.
  • Shkiah (sunset) is at 7:35 pm.  Mincha should be completed before then.
  • Preparations for second day and Candle Lighting may not begin before 8:17 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 8:47 pm)
  • Please remember to recite the special Yom Tov Kiddush for Motzei Shabbos (YKNH”Z).

SECOND DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH – SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 20 

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 7:19 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:46 am or 10:22 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:24 am (Gr”a.)
  • Chatzos, midday, is at 1:26 pm
  • Mincha can be recited after 1:57 pm and must be completed before 7:33 pm.
  • Yom Tov concludes at 8:15 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 8:45 pm). Havdalah should not be recited before then.

TZOM GEDALYA – FAST OF GEDALYA – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

  • Fast Begins: 6:08 am
  • Fast Concludes: 8:13 pm

2020-8-30 KosherGram PDF

PAS YISROEL: The K-COR wishes to remind the Kosher consumer of the accepted custom to be stringent on Pas Yisroel during Aseres Yemei T’shuva. Please be advised that many K-COR certified establishments produce or sell some bread and cake products that are not Pas Yisroel. Please ask the Mashgiach or call the K-COR office for details regarding specific establishments.
• The following establishments are totally Pas Yisroel: ZEMAN’S, BAKE STATION, PIZZA STOP, SPREADS BAGELS & CAFÉ, PRIME 10, SOUL CAFÉ RESTAURANT (not catering), KAPLAN CAKES, and YODELS ‘N MORE. At JERUSALEM PIZZA, the pizza and bagels are Pas Yisroel.
• In addition, MILANO BAKERY bread and rolls that bear the K-COR symbol are Pas Yisroel (glow-plug method), except for Milano Bread Sticks.
• TRADER JOE’S brand of CHOCOLATE BROOKLYN BABKA and HALF MOON COOKIES that bear OU Pareve are Pas Yisroel. (They are no longer Yoshon.)
• FOOD FOR LIFE EZEKIEL SPROUTED GRAIN BREADS with the Kof-K symbol are Pas Yisroel. The Pocket Bread, however, is not Pas Yisroel.
• LILLY’S BABKA, RUGELACH and other cakes and cookies with an OU from Lilly’s Baking Company / Brooklyn Brands are Pas Yisroel. (The labels no longer need to state Pas Yisroel. They are not Yoshon.)
Due to an equipment failure, the following cookies that are normally OK certified as Pas Yisroel, are actually not Pas Yisroel:
• TRADER JOE’S Soft Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with a date code of NOV 04 20.
• MATT’S COOKIES of the following varieties with date codes between NOV 03 20 – NOV 26 20: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel Walnut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Cranberry Walnut, S’Mores, and Peanut Butter.

HONEY:
• Standard honey goes through a filtering process, which removes the non-Kosher bee parts. Even “raw and unfiltered” honey is usually strained, to remove the bee parts. However, some completely unprocessed honeys are neither filtered nor strained. If the label or the manufacturer states that the honey is not strained, or if bee parts are visible, that honey should be avoided or should be strained by the consumer.
• “Forest honey”, “Honeydew honey”, and “Beechwood honey” (or honey named after other types of trees such as Pine, Fir, Oak, etc.), generally refer to honey produced by bees that have consumed the non-Kosher excretions of aphids and scale insects left on trees (as opposed to standard honey produced from flower nectar). These are not considered Kosher according to some opinions, and should be avoided.
• “Royal Jelly” is a bee product that, unlike regular honey, is an actual secretion of the bee. Some Poskim therefore rule that it is not included in the permitted category of “honey”, and it should be avoided.

SEASON SARDINES CERTIFICATION CHANGES:
• Brisling Sardines and Sprats – Products of Latvia: These products were previously OU-P certified. Due to Covid-19 related challenges, these products were produced as non-Kosher and the OU has been removed. There may be OU and non-OU product available in the market simultaneously. Carefully check each package for the OU symbol.
• Sardines – Product of Morocco: This product was previously OU-P certified (Kosher for Pesach) year round, and Bishul Yisroel. Due to COVID-19 work and travel restrictions, this product will be certified as OU for year round use, but not Kosher for Pesach, and not Bishul Yisroel. (OU policy follows the widespread minhag that sardines do not require Bishul Yisroel.) Prior to Pesach, an additional quantity of OU-P product may be produced. There may be OU and OU-P product available in the market simultaneously. Check each package for its correct status.

OVK IN AN OVAL is the new Kashrus symbol of the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis. The former OV symbol (V in a circle) was replaced, because some non-Kosher products bear that symbol to indicate Vegan or Vegetarian. However, some Vaad Hoeir certified products are still using the old OV symbol. To verify whether or not an OV symbol on a particular product is a Kashrus symbol, contact the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis at 314-569-2770 or at information@ovkosher.org .
The OV symbol on some Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style and Well Yes! bisques and soups is used to indicate Vegan or Vegetarian. These are not Kosher products.

TOOTSIE DOTS ASSORTED FRUIT FLAVORED GUMDROPS in small Mini Boxes (“Mini-Dots”) do not bear an OU on their individual boxes, but they are nonetheless certified OU and pareve, even if the outer bag of the variety pack bears an OU-D. (The D is due to the other Tootsie candies in the variety pack.)

TIC TAC MINTS CANDIES are produced at many plants and in many flavors, and not all are Kosher. Each individual container should be checked for reliable certification (a small OU on the top left of the 1 oz. containers).
• Tic Tac Frosty Mint mints bears OU-D on some containers. The D is a mistake; this is pareve.
• Tic Tac Gum candies, which look similar to the mints candies and are sold in the same type of dispenser containers, are not Kosher and bear no Kosher marking.

GOLDENBERG’S PEANUT CHEWS – ORIGINAL DARK bears OU-D. The OU has advised us that although this product does not list dairy ingredients, it should be considered real dairy and should not be eaten after meat.

SPECIALLY SELECTED BELGIAN CHOCOLATE CHUNKS DARK 62% CACAO and SIMPLY NATURE ORGANIC SEA SALT POPCORN, both sold at Aldi, bear OK-D and do not list dairy ingredients, but say “may contain milk”. OK Kosher has advised us that these products are classified as D, not DE, because they may contain milk, and they should not be eaten after meat.

CAPE COD AGED WHITE CHEDDAR & SOUR CREAM POTATO CHIPS contains dairy ingredients and is certified OU-D, but mistakenly bears a plain OU without the D. [Source: Kashrut.com]

NICE! brand SWEET & SPICY TRAIL MIX sold at Walgreens is certified OU-D and contains dairy, as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements. Some packages were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU without the D.

HUNT’S TOMATO SAUCE: Most Hunt’s Tomato Sauce products in cans are OK certified and bear the OK symbol on their label. Hunts Tomato Sauce in 7.4 oz., 14.8 oz. and 33.5 oz. cartons is not certified and does not bear the OK, and is not acceptable.

BIENA AGED WHITE CHEDDAR CHICKPEA PUFFS are not OU certified. Multi-packs containing .6 oz. bags were produced with an unauthorized OU symbol on the outer packaging. The individual bags do not bear the OU symbol. – No varieties of Chickpea Puffs are certified. Only Biena Chickpea Snacks are certified, when bearing the OU or OU-D symbol. – Note that the Sour Cream & Onion variety of Chickpea Snacks is dairy.

WILLIAMS SONOMA brand BLACK TRUFFLE RUB, PARMESAN HERB RUB, and PARMESAN, GARLIC AND HERBS MASHED POTATO SEASONING are not OU certified. Some containers bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

GUMMY BEARS distributed by DZA BRANDS bear an unauthorized cRc symbol on some packages. This product is not Kosher.

2020-7-29 KosherGram PDF

ICE CREAM and FROZEN YOGURT STORES often claim that they are Kosher and may post Kosher certification letters, which leads consumers to believe that the store and its products are under supervision. In fact, in most cases, the letters refer only to specific products or ingredients which are factory produced under supervision, and are certified only when in their original sealed packaging bearing Kosher marking. Once the unsupervised store opens the packaging, the certification is no longer valid. Unless the consumer verifies that there is actual on-site reliable Rabbinical supervision of the entire individual retail store, no ice cream, yogurt, syrups or toppings should be considered Kosher except for those in their original sealed containers bearing a reliable Kosher certification.

The following are some stores in our area that are not under supervision: TCBY, Haagen-Dazs, Menchie’s, and Oberweis.

It is always preferable to buy at fully supervised stores. Locally, soft serve Cholov Yisroel ice cream is available at Jerusalem Pizza. Hard pack Cholov Yisroel ice cream is available at Spreads Bagels & Café. Hard pack non-Cholov Yisroel ice cream and yogurt is available at Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts at 10 Mile & Greenfield in Oak Park (which is K-COR certified for all products). Packaged Cholov Yisroel ice cream is available at One Stop Kosher Food Market.

If it is necessary to purchase hard pack ice cream or yogurt from an unsupervised store, the consumer should request and see a sealed container before it is opened, and check for the Kosher certification mark on the container. In addition, the scoop should be thoroughly washed.

Soft serve ice cream or yogurt should not be purchased from an unsupervised store, because of the inability to verify that Kosher mix was put into the machine.

SAUCES CONTAINING FISH: Most Worcestershire sauces, and some barbecue and steak sauces, contain anchovies and state so in their ingredients listings. According to most Poskim, if the amount of anchovies in these sauces is at a ratio of 1:60 or less, they may be used with meat. Some Poskim, however, are stringent. Consult your Rav.

Reliably certified sauces that do not state “FISH” on the label next to the Kashrus symbol, do not contain more than 1/60 fish. Sauces that do contain more than 1/60 fish will always state FISH next to the symbol. However, some sauces that do not contain more than 1/60 fish will still state FISH next to their Kashrus symbol, for the benefit of those who wish to be stringent. Contact the certifying Kashrus agency to ascertain the fish level in a FISH marked sauce.

Following are the fish levels in some common sauces that are marked “OU FISH”:

• MORE THAN 1/60 – Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce [may not be used with meat]

• NOT MORE THAN 1/60 –
o Lea & Perrins Steak Sauce – in Traditional, Bold, and Signature varieties
o Great Value and ShopRite brands of Worcestershire sauces
o The following HEINZ products:
 Kansas City Style, Memphis Style, and Texas Style BBQ Sauces
 Campside Smoky Barbecue Sauce
 57 Steak Sauce Made with Lea & Perrins
 Zesty Cocktail Sauce

JIM BEAM BARBECUE SAUCE in Bold ‘N’ Spicy, Smoky Barrel and Southern Tang varieties in 18 oz. containers bear a Kof-K and contain anchovies at a level of not more than 1/60. — Please note that the small 6.5 oz. glass bottles of Jim Beam Barbecue Sauces are not certified Kosher and do not bear a Kof-K.

PLANTERS NUT PRODUCTS are acceptable only when bearing an OU symbol. Products bearing a K (which include most Planters Dry Roasted items and some Honey Roasted items) may contain gelatin, or may be produced on the same equipment as gelatin-containing products. Note that Planters Honey Roasted Cashews in the 3 oz. bag and 8.25 oz. can bear an OU, but the 1.5 oz. and 2 oz. size bags bear a K because they are not produced on an OU approved production line. Every package should be carefully checked for the OU symbol.

SIMPLY NATURE frozen ORGANIC BROCCOLI FLORETS and CHOPPED SPINACH, and SEASON’S CHOICE frozen BROCCOLI FLORETS and CALIFORNIA MEDLEY sold at Aldi, products of Mexico, are subject to concerns of infestation. (The Kosher symbol on them is not the MK of Montreal or Manchester.)

GLENFIDDICH 12 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKEY mistakenly bears the “MK Mehadrin” logo of Manchester Beth Din on some bottles exported to the U.S. Since sherry casks are used in its aging process, this scotch does not qualify for Mehadrin standard, but instead is certified under North West Kosher (NWK), the Manchester Beth Din’s non-Mehadrin level of supervision. — Lists of recommended Glenfiddich whiskeys are available at https://www.crcweb.org/LiquorList.pdf [cRc] and https://www.star-k.org/resource/list/UTM1YXYE/Scotch [Star-K].

GERBER SITTER 2nd FOODS baby foods have OU certification on many, but not all, varieties. Check each product carefully for the OU symbol. Gerber Supported Sitter 1st Foods are not OU certified.

IZZIO SOURDOUGH BREAD: Due to a production issue, Izzio Sourdough bread in 24 oz. and 8-slice packages bearing a Scroll-K symbol, with lot codes 20 196 and 20 197 printed on the plastic bag closure, is Kosher but is not Pas Yisroel.
TOVAH brand frozen RICED BROCCOLI has been found to be infested, and should not be used.

MCCORMICK PERFECT PINCH SALAD SUPREME SEASONING bears an unauthorized OU on some labels. This product is not OU certified (and contains non-Kosher cheeses). — Note that McCormick Perfect Pinch Roasted Garlic & Bell Pepper Seasoning is also not OU certified (and contains milk). Other Perfect Pinch seasonings varieties are OU certified when bearing the OU on the label.

TENLI brand GUMMY and CANDY PRODUCTS distributed by Classic Confections and Vidal bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol. These products are not certified by Star-K.

TANGY ZANGY SOUR FRUIT SLICES and TANGY ZANGY MILK CHOCOLATE SOUR WILDFRUIT SQUARES are not OU certified. Some bags bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

CVS brand DAIRY RELIEF LACTASE ENZYME SOFTGELS bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol. This product is not Kosher. CVS brand Dairy Relief Lactase Enzyme Caplets and Chewable Tablets are Star-K certified, when bearing the Star-K symbol.

INDIGO canned ARTICHOKES WITH STEMS (5 lb. can, a Foodservice item) is not OU certified. Some cans bear an unauthorized OU.
DOLE SLAWESOME KIT SALADS with dressing and seasoning are OK certified when bearing the OK symbol. Please note that the Fiesta Lime variety contains sour cream in the dressing, and therefore bears OK Dairy on both the outer bag and on the dressing/seasoning envelope inside.
J. HIGGS CORNIES CHILI CHEESE CORN CHIPS contains dairy ingredients and is certified Kof-K Dairy. Some packaging was incorrectly printed with a Kof-K Pareve symbol.

GREAT VALUE CREAMY COCONUT BARS sold at Walmart contains dairy, as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements, and is certified OU Dairy. Some packaging mistakenly bears a plain OU symbol without the D.

DAVINCI GOURMET CLASSIC IRISH CREAM SYRUP contains dairy, as indicated in the allergen statement, and is certified Kof-K Dairy. Some packaging mistakenly states Kof-K Pareve. — A number of other DaVinci Syrups are also currently dairy, including Cake Batter, Caramel Pecan, English Toffee, Hawaiian Salted Caramel and others. The Pareve/Dairy status of these syrups sometimes changes. Always check every bottle for the Kof-K Pareve or Kof-K Dairy marking.

GIANT EAGLE DRIED ISLAND FRUIT MIX is certified OK Pareve and bears an OK symbol. However, due to a packaging error, some packages with a Best By date of 01-15-2001 actually contain Yogurt Fruit & Snack Mix that is Kosher Dairy. More information is available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/giant-eagle-recalls-dried-fruit-mix-due-undeclared-allergens or 800-553-2324.

PRODUCT WARNING

HAND SANITIZERS WARNING: The FDA has issued a new warning to avoid nearly 90 hand sanitizers, mostly from Mexico, that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol), but that actually contain methanol (wood alcohol), which is toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening when ingested. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol .

2020-6-30 KosherGram PDF

New FANTA PINA COLADA SODA in 20 oz. plastic bottles, made in the U.S., is OU certified and pareve, and bears an OU on the cap.

FANTA PINA COLADA SLURPEE SYRUP (“FCB”) is certified OU Dairy. A list issued in the beginning of June mistakenly omitted its dairy designation initially.

COCA-COLA, SPRITE and FANTA SODAS made in MEXICO and sold in U.S. stores in 12 oz. glass bottles are not certified Kosher and are not recommended.

SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER SINGLES in 1.5 oz. containers, which are being distributed by local food banks, do not bear an OU, but they are nevertheless Kosher.

McCORMICK PERFECT PINCH SEASONINGS: Most, but not all, of the varieties in this seasoning line are OU certified. Two varieties – Salad Supreme and Roasted Garlic & Bell Pepper – are not, and contain milk or cheese. – All McCormick products are Kosher only when bearing the OU; check each item.

ENLIGHTENED brand DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FROZEN DESSERT bears an OU-D and is certified Dairy Equipment. However, some pint containers that state “Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Frozen Dessert” were mistakenly filled with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream which contains actual dairy and may not be eaten after meat. These containers have lids that are labeled “Chocolate Peanut Butter” without the words “Dairy Free”, and have a Best By date of 11/5/21 on the bottom of the container. More information is available at https://eatenlightened.com/pages/recall-notice or at 800-819-2998.

GORDON CHOICE brand CHOICE SLICED STEWED TOMATOES from Gordon Food Service bears an OU on the case but not on the individual #10 [102 oz.] cans. Being that we have not been able to confirm the Kashrus status of this product, we cannot recommend it at this time.

TENLI GUMMY WORMS from VIDAL CANDIES of SPAIN are not Star-K certified. Some cases bear an unauthorized Star-K.

PURE SEA HOT SMOKED WHITEFISH bears an unauthorized KSA symbol. This item is not Kosher certified.

PAS YISROEL NOTICE: Due to an equipment failure, the following cookies that are normally OK certified as Pas Yisroel, are actually not Pas Yisroel:
• TRADER JOE’S Soft Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with a date code of NOV 04 20.
• MATT’S COOKIES of the following varieties that are date coded between NOV 03 20 – NOV 26 20: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel Walnut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Cranberry Walnut, S’Mores, and Peanut Butter.

THE CHODOSH SEASON is approaching. Those who want to purchase Yoshon items to store over the Chodosh season should prepare to do so. Please note that all grain and flour products that will be stored should be refrigerated in order to avoid insect infestation.

PRODUCT RECALLS

SALADS RECALL: Fresh Express has recalled all branded and private label salad products produced at its Streamwood, IL facility through June 26 that contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and/or carrot ingredients, due to a possible health risk from Cyclospora. These products bear the letter Z in the beginning of the code below the Use By date, followed by a number of 178 or lower. This includes various iceberg, coleslaw and other products under the following brand names: FRESH EXPRESS, LITTLE SALAD BAR [Aldi], MARKETSIDE [Walmart] GIANT EAGLE, SIGNATURE FARMS [Jewel-Osco], HY-VEE, and WHOLESOME PANTRY [ShopRite]. Details are available at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fresh-express-issues-a-precautionary-recall-of-products-containing-iceberg-red-cabbage-and-carrots-produced-at-its-streamwood-il-facility-due-to-a-potential-cyclospora-risk-301084706.html or at 800-242-5472.
[NOTE: Little Salad Bar and Marketside salads that bear an OK Kosher symbol (as in the local Detroit area) are not produced by Fresh Express, and are not included in this recall.]

HAND SANITIZERS WARNING/RECALL: The FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol) which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. The following brands are included when they state Made in Mexico: All-Clean, CleanCare NoGerm, Esk Biochem, Lavar 70 Gel, Saniderm, and The Good Gel. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-advises-consumers-not-use-hand-sanitizer-products-manufactured-eskbiochem and at https://sanidermproducts.com/press-release-6%2F26%2F2020

CHILDREN’S ROBITUSSIN HONEY COUGH & CHEST CONGESTION DM (4 oz.) and CHILDREN’S DIMETAPP COLD AND COUGH (8 oz.): Specific lots have been recalled due to the inclusion of incorrect dosing cups. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/gsk-consumer-healthcare-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-childrens-robitussinr-honey-cough-and or at 800-762-4675.

MINIWARE TEETHING SPOONS from Bonnsu have been recalled because the teething spoon can break in a child’s mouth when being used as a teether, posing a choking hazard to infants. Details are available at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/bonnsu-recalls-miniware-teething-spoons-due-to-choking-hazard or at 855-334-8129.

2020-6-9 KosherGram PDF

New CANADA DRY BOLD GINGER ALE is Kosher.

New COCA-COLA STRAWBERRY from Japan, now available online in the U.S., is not Kosher approved.

DOLE ICEBERG LETTUCE SALADS: Some bags of Dole Garden Salad and Dole Shredded Lettuce currently in stores do not bear the OK symbol. These bags are not OK certified and are not recommended. Even the same store may have a mixture of some bags with the OK and some without. Check each bag.

Other OK certified brands should also be checked for the OK symbol on each bag. This includes Kroger, Little Salad Bar [Aldi], and Marketside [Walmart] brands.

KROGER BITE SIZE SHREDDED WHEAT CEREAL no longer bears an OU. After much research we have confirmed that it is no longer OU certified due to change of plants, and it is not recommended.

SLIMFAST POWDER MIXES are no longer OU certified due to a change in manufacturing. New containers now in stores do not bear an OU. Containers still bearing the OU-D symbol were produced before this change. Other Slimfast products (liquid shakes, snacks and bars) remain OU-D certified. [Thanks to Kashrut.com for notice of change; (Details we further researched.)]

ONE STOP KOSHER FOOD MARKET: Only the following One Stop departments are supervised by the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit:

• Deli Dept.
• Pizza Stop
• Superior Meat Dept.
• Fresh Bakery Dept.
• Repackaged Bulk Candies bearing the K-COR symbol
• Fresh Produce [insect-prone items that do not bear certification on the label need to be checked by the consumer]

The consumer should check all other products for a reliable Kosher certification on the label. For any questions, feel free to call the COR (Council of Orthodox Rabbis/Vaad Harabbonim). – Please note that frozen vegetables that are insect-prone, such as broccoli and cauliflower, should not be used without reliable certification.

REPACKAGED MEAT PRODUCTS: The Kashrus certification of factory produced meat and poultry products is valid only as long as the original factory packaging and labeling remain intact. Once the package is opened and the product is repackaged by a local store, the original certification is no longer in effect. Reliable supervision is necessary at the store level to assure the Kashrus of the repackaged product. Repackaged meat and poultry products should not be purchased from an unsupervised store, even if the store label on the product lists the name of a Kosher brand or the name/symbol of a Kashrus certification.

As a case in point [Kashrut.com]: An unsupervised supermarket in NJ repackaged chicken wings and printed on the store label “KJ Kosher”. This was unauthorized, and the product cannot be accepted as Kosher.

MISSING DAIRY DESIGNATION: The following products contain dairy ingredients, as listed in their ingredient statements, but they mistakenly do not bear the dairy designation:

• WALMART FRESHNESS GUARANTEED CHERRY PIE mistakenly bears a plain OU without a D on some boxes.
• DUNCAN HINES CHOCOLATE FROSTING YELLOW CAKE PUDDING: Some club pack cartons were mislabeled with a plain OK symbol. The inner sleeves are correctly labeled with the OK-D symbol.
• OUR SPECIALTY CHOCOLATE AND COOKIES ‘N CREME CAKE TRUFFLES manufactured by Rich Products Corp. mistakenly bears a plain BVK [Buffalo Vaad Hakashrus] without a D.
• OVAEASY EGG-IN A-CUP products were mistakenly labeled Kof-K DE instead of Kof-K Dairy.

The following CECE’S VEGGIE CO. products are not OU certified, but mistakenly bear an OU on some labels: Buffalo Cauli; Cauli & Cheese; Dinos & Cheese; Grillerz Z-Cut Summer Squash with Garlic Herb Butter; and Zucchini with Marinara.

JEPPSON’S MALORT LIQUEUR: A limited quantity of special edition Jeppson’s Malort Liqueur was produced with non-Kosher ingredients. The cRc Kosher symbol has been covered on the labels of these limited products.

EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, MAY 22
• Plag Hamincha is at 7:23 pm. Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time. All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:46 pm.
• Zman candle lighting is at 8:38 pm. Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:56 pm.
• Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:46 pm.

SHABBOS DAY – MAY 23
• Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:04 am.
• Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:11 am or 9:47 am (Gr”a.)
• Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:01 am (Gr”a.)
• This Shabbos we read Parshas Bamidbar. The Haftorah for Shabbos Erev Rosh Chodesh is from Sefer Shmuel I (20:18-42)
• Birchas Hachodesh is recited this week as it is Shabbos Mevarchim. (Rosh Chodesh Sivan yihyeh b’yom Rishon.) The Molad occurred on Friday morning, May 22 in Yerushalayim, at 11:42 am and 13 Chalakim.
• We recite Av Harachamim
• Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:07 pm.
• Avos Perek Vav.
• Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:57 pm. Mincha should be completed before then.
• No Tzidkascha Tzedek at Mincha
• Ya’ale V’Yavo during Maariv
• We do not recite Vihi Noam and V’atta Kadosh
• Shabbos concludes at 9:47 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 10:09 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.
Sunday is Rosh Chodesh Sivan. We do not recite Tachanun from now until and including Isru chag, Sunday, May 31. Some do not resume reciting Tachanun until after the 12th of Sivan.

2020-5-21 Vaad Letter PDF available to view.

27 Iyar 5780

May 21, 2020

To the Detroit Jewish Community,

As Michigan’s number of COVID-19 cases continues to steadily decline B”H, and as more safety restrictions are slowly and safely lifted, the Rabbonim have decided that it is time to begin plans to safely restart minyanim.

It is critical to realize that even as these steps are taken, the pandemic is not over. It is not yet safe to return to normal, and continued adherence to health guidelines remains crucial. How and when each shul can safely reopen in compliance with the recommended safety measures depends on the individual needs of each shul. The size and layout of their physical structure, the age and risk-factors of their members, and the ability to monitor and enforce their specific guidelines are just some of the factors each shul needs to consider as to when and how they will reopen.

Because of the myriad of factors that create different situations, we have collectively decided that each shul will open at a time and in a way that is best suited for its constituency and physical layout. Each Rov will decide for his kehilla how and when to open. We ask that you consult with your shul leadership for specific details. The collective voice of the Vaad Harabbonim calls upon each member of our community to diligently adhere to the specific guidelines set forth by each of our Rabbonim.

Members of the community should realize that davening in shul will look different than it did prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of mispallelim permitted at any one time will, for now, be limited. Additionally, each Shul is required to maintain proper social distancing and the wearing of masks as legally mandated.

The Vaad encourages those davening with a minyan to only join a minyan that is under the auspices of a Rov who will set specific guidelines and oversee that all safety precautions are adhered to. All minyanim, including outdoor minyanim, must follow the following minimal guidelines:

  • Each minyan should have someone appointed to monitor and ensure that safety guidelines are being adhered to at all times.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet must be safely maintained at all times.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Minyanim inside homes are not permitted, even in the event of inclement weather.
  • Outdoor minyanim should be held only in enclosed areas or other areas away from public view.
  • Anyone who feels ill or has any symptoms of COVID-19, or has had recent contact with an individual who has COVID-19, should remain at home. Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 should remain at home for at least 14 days after symptoms have resolved.
  • Anyone over 65 should not participate in a minyan without express permission from their personal physician.
  • Anyone at high risk of complications from COVID-19 should remain at home.
  • Absolutely no congregating is allowed before or after minyan.

The easing of restrictions on minyanim should not be viewed as a relaxing of general adherence to social distancing. These guidelines apply to tefilla b’tzibbur only. All other restrictions remain unchanged.

We fervently daven to the Ribbono Shel Olam that He should send good health to all, and that He continue to protect our community and all of Klal Yisroel.

May we merit Yeshuos and Refuos soon,

Rabbi Chaim Moshe Bergstein

Rabbi Avrohom Bleich

Rabbi Yosef Bromberg

Rabbi Avi Cohen

Rabbi Shmuel Irons

Rabbi Levi Jundef

Rabbi Shaya Katz

Rabbi Simcha Klein

Rabbi Ari Kostelitz

Rabbi Boruch Levin

Rabbi Yisroel Menachem Levin

Rabbi Yechiel Morris

Rabbi Moshe Radner

Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg

Rabbi Chaim Gershon Steinmetz

Rabbi Yissachar Wolf

Rabbi Eli Yelen


 

EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, MAY 15

  • Plag Hamincha is at 7:17 pm.  Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time.  All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:38 pm.
  • Zman candle lighting is at 8:31 pm.  Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:49 pm.
  • Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:38 pm.

SHABBOS DAY – MAY 16

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:10 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:14 am or 9:50 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:03 am (Gr”a.)
  • This Shabbos we read Parshas Behar/Bechukosai. The Haftorah is from Sefer Yirmiyahu (16:19 – 17:14)
  • Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:06 pm.
  • Avos Perek Hey.
  • Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:50 pm.  Mincha should be completed before then.
  • Shabbos concludes at 9:39 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 10:02 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.

EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, MAY 8

  • Today is Pesach Sheni. Some have the Minhag to omit Tachanun during Shacharis.
  • Plag Hamincha is at 7:11 pm.  Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time.  All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:29 pm.
  • Zman candle lighting is at 8:23 pm.  Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:41 pm.
  • Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:29 pm.

SHABBOS DAY – MAY 9

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:17 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:18 am or 9:54 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:06 am (Gr”a.)
  • This Shabbos we read Parshas Emor. The Haftorah is from Sefer Yechezkel (44:15-31)
  • Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:06 pm.
  • Avos Perek Daled.
  • Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:42 pm.  Mincha should be completed before then.
  • Shabbos concludes at 9:30 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 9:54 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.

This coming Monday, May 11, is the second Monday of BeHaB

This coming Tuesday, May 12, is Lag BaOmer. We do not recite Tachanun on Tuesday as well as during Mincha on Monday afternoon.

2020-4-30 KosherGram PDF

 

WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE for grocery delivery or curbside pickup, be sure to check the actual label on each item when the order is received. This is essential because:

  • Many online descriptions or pictures give inaccurate or outdated information regarding the product’s Kosher status.
  • The store may substitute non-Kosher or non-approved products if the requested ones are not available.

Following are two recent examples:

  • When a search for EMPIRE KOSHER CHICKEN at Costco yielded no results, an online grocery delivery service company website offered, as a “related result”, a non-Kosher brand of chicken [Foster Farms] as “Kosher”.
  • SIMPLE TRUTH ORGANIC CANNED DICED TOMATOES IN TOMATO JUICE is pictured on the Kroger website with an OU. After pickup, a shopper found that some cans bear an OU, and other cans bear a different, non-approved symbol.

ALSO BE AWARE that due to the pandemic, some manufacturing plants are unable to obtain sufficient Kosher ingredients (e.g. cheese) for their productions, and some plants are expanding the range of products they make to offset lack of availability from their usual suppliers. As a result, some products will lose their Kosher certification, and some products will change from pareve to dairy. Every product label must be carefully checked for its proper status.

DOLE ICEBERG LETTUCE SALADS: Some bags of Dole Garden Salad and Dole Shredded Lettuce currently in stores do not bear the OK symbol. These bags are not OK certified and are not recommended.

CAROLINA brand BROWN RICE: The cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council) reports that while brown rice in the Midwest is generally free of infestation issues, Carolina brand brown rice has been found to have infestation issues even in the Midwest.  Consumers are advised not to use Carolina brand brown rice without a thorough checking.

The following is the procedure for checking brown rice as per the Star-K:

  1. Place the brown rice (no more than 16 oz. at a time) in a mesh strainer. Mesh size should ideally be #12 mesh or larger.
  2. Shake the brown rice over a lightbox or white paper for 25-30 seconds.
  3. Examine the surface of the lightbox or paper for any insect presence. If no insects are found, the brown rice may be used. If any       insects are found, the brown rice should not be used.

 UNCLE BEN’S WHOLEGRAIN PARBOILED BROWN RICE mistakenly bears an OU-D on some 25 lb. bags. This product is OU Pareve.

CAMILLE BLOCH SWISS MILK CHOCOLATE BAR mistakenly says Pareve on some labels. This product is dairy and Cholov Yisroel.

VITA WILD HERRING IN WINE SAUCE 32 oz. bearing a plain OU with lot code 03609 and Best if Used Before date JUN 26 20 has been recalled because it may be mislabeled and may actually contain Herring In Sour Cream (certified OU-D). Mislabeled jars will be obvious by the white sour cream sauce visible through the clear plastic jar. For more information contact Vita at 800- 989-8482.

HERSHEY’S ICE CREAM FUDJO CHOCOLATEY FUDGE BAR 2.5 ounce was mistakenly labeled Kof-K DE instead of the required Kof-K Dairy. This product contains milk, as clearly stated on the label, and is certified Kosher Dairy.

GORDON CHOICE FROZEN VEGETABLES from Gordon Food Service bear an unauthorized wKs [Whole Kosher Services] symbol on some products, including broccoli and cauliflower. No Gordon Choice or GFS products are wKs certified.

iO INSPIRED ORGANICS BALSAMIC VINEGAR is not OU certified. Some labels bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

BEST YET ONION RINGS are not OU certified. Some packages bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

NO SUGAR, VEGAN PURE and VEGAN WAY brands of products sold by the No Sugar Company Limited and Vegan Way Nutrition Inc. are not certified Kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia [“Kosher Check”]. The            K check logo on them is a Keto Diet symbol, not a Kosher symbol.

NESTLE NERDS CANDY is not OU certified, and does not bear an OU symbol. Rainbow Nerds in Israel bears an Allbrands Importer Israel sticker that wrongly states that Nerds is certified by the Orthodox Union.

MALK ORGANICS nut milks and oat milks bear an unauthorized HKA logo.

PRODUCT RECALLS

BENEFIBER HEALTHY SHAPE [PREBIOTIC] FIBER SUPPLEMENT POWDER and BENEFIBER PREBIOTIC FIBER SUPPLEMENT POWDER from  five specific lots have been recalled due to green plastic pieces or shavings from bottle caps that may be present in the product, posing a choking or injury hazard. Details are available at https://www.benefiber.com/recall/ or 800-452-0051.

LENOX brand 2.5 QUART WHISTLING STAINLESS STEEL TEA KETTLES  have been recalled because they can expel hot water during use, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Details are available at www.gocontinuum.com or 800-669-6385.

EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, MAY 1 

  • Plag Hamincha is at 7:05 pm.  Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time.  All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:20 pm.
  • Zman candle lighting is at 8:16 pm.  Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:34 pm.
  • Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:20 pm.

SHABBOS DAY – MAY 2 

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:26 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:22 am or 9:58 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:09 am (Gr”a.)
  • This Shabbos we read Acharei Mos and Kedoshim. The Haftorah is from Acharei Mos from the Navi, Amos (9:7-15)
  • Some have the custom to recite the special Mi Shebearach for those who will undertake to fast during the three fast days of Behab which are this coming Monday, Thursday and the following Monday
  • Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:05 pm.
  • Avos Perek Gimmel.
  • Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:35 pm.  Mincha should be completed before then.
  • Shabbos concludes at 9:21 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 9:47 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.

The final time to recite Kiddush Levana is the entire night following Wednesday, May 6.

This coming Friday, May 8 is Pesach Sheini.  Some have the Minhag to omit Tachanun.

ברוך דיין האמת

בצער רב אנו מודיעים על פטירתו של

הרב הגאון ר’ שאול זכריש זצ”ל

רב בדעטראיט וחבר נשיאות ועד הרבנים

With deep sadness, the Vaad HaRabbonim mourns the passing today of Rabbi Shaiall Zachariash Zt”l, Rav of Cong. Shomrei Emunah of Southfield, Michigan for more than 50 years.  Rabbi  Zachariash  served on the presidium of the Vaad Harabonim for many years, and after the passing of Rabbi Leizer Levin and Rabbi Chatzkel Grubner Zt”l, served as its Yoshev Rosh.

Rav Zachariash was a close Talmid of R’ Yaakov Kamenetzky and R’ Ruderman Zt”l  and received semicha from R’ Ruderman.  Before moving to Detroit he served as Rav in Vineland, NJ, Hunter, NY, and Toledo OH.  In Detroit he also served as a Rebbi in Yeshiva Bais Yehuda,  later taking on the role of principal.  He was an active Mohel, and was able to do Safrus and Shechita as well.

His selfless dedication to the Klall was legendary.  He was beloved to his congregants and helped many people behind the scenes.  Nothing was beneath his dignity to do for Hashem and for his fellow man.  Although his accomplishments were many, he constantly avoided Kavod.  Fulfilling Hashem’s Ratzon was the only thing that mattered at all times and that was the way he led his life.  His persona was one of a true Eved Hashem.

Together with his late wife, Rebbetzin Bracha Zachariash A”h, he was zoche to build a beautiful home and distinguished family. His children are Rabbi Avrohom and Rivka Schwartz of Flatbush, NY, Rabbi Eli Meyer and Orah Jundef of Southfield, MI, Rabbi Eli and Avigail Teichman of Lakewood, NJ and Rabbi Avrohom Boruch and Chana Zachariash of Ramat Shlomo, Yerushalayim.  The Zachariashs were zoche to many grandchildren and great grandchildren, kein yirbu.

May the family be comforted along with all mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

יהי זכרו ברוך

Please note: The funeral for Rabbi Shaiall Zachariash will IY”H take place in Israel tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM (our time). The call in numbers are: Israel +972 (3) 9121841   US (267) 930-4000   Access# 105-494-227. 

Mrs. Orah Jundef is sitting Shiva locally. She can be reached at (248)737-2756.

 

2020-4-23View as PDF

EREV ROSH CHODESH IYAR – THURSDAY, APRIL 23
• During Maariv, remember to recite Yaaleh VeYavo
• Sefiras HaOmer should be counted after 9:10 pm

ROSH CHODESH IYAR/EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, APRIL 24
• During Shacharis, usual Rosh Chodesh Davening which includes Yaaleh VeYavo, half-Hallel, Musaf and Borchi Nafshi
• The Mishna Berura says that although it is during the mourning period associated with Sefiras HaOmer, one may take a haircut and shave today in honor of Shabbos Rosh Chodesh
• Plag Hamincha is at 6:59 pm. Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time. All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:11 pm.
• Yaaleh VeYavo in Mincha and Maariv
• Zman candle lighting is at 8:07 pm. Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:25 pm.
• Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:11 pm.

SHABBOS DAY/ROSH CHODESH IYAR – APRIL 25
• Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:35 am.
• Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:27 am or 10:03 am (Gr”a.)
• Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:12 am (Gr”a.)
• Yaaleh VeYavo and half-Hallel during Shacharis
• This Shabbos we read Tazria and Metzora. Maftir is from Parshas Pinchas in Sefer Bamidbar (28: 9-15) The Haftorah is for Shabos Rosh Chodesh from Sefer Yishayahu (66:1-24, repeating Pasuk 23 at the end.)
• No Av HaRachamim this week
• Musaf for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh with Atta Yatzarta
• Borchei Nafshi
• Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:05 pm.
• Yaaleh VeYavo at Mincha and no Tzidkascha Tzedek
• Avos Perek Beis
• Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:26 pm. Mincha should be completed before then.
• Shabbos concludes at 9:12 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 9:39 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.

2020-4-21View as PDF

כ”ז ניסן תש”פ

April 21, 2020

In response to many inquiries regarding payments to playgroups during the current situation in which they cannot function, the Vaad HaRabbonim would like to state the following.

There are differences of opinion amongst the Poskim as to whether hired employees such as playgroup Moros should be paid when not working due to a widespread situation beyond anyone’s control. In a famous T’shuva from the Chasam Sofer regarding a similar question, the Chasam Sofer states that due to the complexity of the shaila it is difficult to give a definite ruling and suggests a compromise payment of half the normal salary. He adds that he personally paid his melamdim their full wages during the closure.

In line with this P’sak, the Vaad Harabonim would like to recommend such a compromise for our community. Beginning with the month of April, wherever it is financially workable, Moros should be paid half of their monthly salary. For those who can afford it and would like to go beyond that and pay more, that would truly be commendable. If, due to the current situation, one cannot afford to pay the half, they should try to work out their own compromise with the Morah and pay whatever they can. Babysitters that are hired with a commitment for the school year should also receive half-pay. Those that are hired on a per day basis do not have to be paid for their lost income.

Regarding using ma’aser funds for the above-mentioned payments, or for questions regarding specific individual situations, one should consult with their Rov.

We thank everyone for their cooperation, Chesed and Shalom in these trying times. May we be zoche soon to Yeshuos and Refuos for the entire Klal Yisroel.


 

Rabbi Yisroel M. Levin

Rabbi Yechiel Morris

Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg

Presidium

 

Rabbi Shmuel Irons

Rosh Kollel, Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit

 

Rabbi Asher Eisenberger

Dayan, Agudas Yisroel Mogen Avraham