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  • New Doheny Meats owner explains his purchase of scandal-ridden store

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 3, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Shlomo Rechnitz, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist, has purchased Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market, the scandal-plagued kosher meat retailer and distributor.

    Rechnitz, who co-founded TwinMed, a large medical supply firm, and owns a number of other businesses,...

  • Rubashkin Revenge: Ethical Certificates at Center of Dispute

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 25, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    About eight months ago, when Katsuji Tanabe agreed to display the Tav HaYosher certificate in the window of his one-year-old restaurant on Pico Boulevard, the head chef and owner of Mexikosher knew that the “ethical seal,” issued by the Modern Orthodox social justice organization...

  • Rubashkin appeals conviction, sentence to Supreme Court

    April 3, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin has appealed his conviction and sentence for bank fraud to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Rubashkin on April 2 filed a petition for writ of certiorari from the High Court. The court can decide to review the case or allow a federal appeals...

  • 50,000 sign pro-Rubashkin petition to White House

    October 24, 2011 | 6:37 pm

    An online petition in support of jailed kosher meat executive Sholom Rubashkin garnered 10 times its anticipated goal of 5,000 signatures.

    The petition, which calls on President Obama to order an investigation into judicial misconduct in Rubashkin’s financial fraud trial, garnered...

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  • Even after Agriprocessor scandal, inhumane methods still used in kosher slaughtering overseas

    October 13, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Agriprocessors’ 2008 kosher slaughter scandal provoked solemn vows of reform among producers of glatt kosher meat in the U.S. But despite some industry improvements, America’s leading kosher certification authority continues to authorize the sale of millions of pounds of glatt...

  • Agriprocessors’ Rubashkin denied new trial


    September 21, 2011 | 10:54 am

    Former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was denied a new trial by a U.S. appeals court.
 The St. Louis Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 16 that Rubashkin did not prove in his bid for a new trial that the presiding judge in the original case, Linda Reade of the U.S. District...

  • Inside Empire’s slaughterhouse: The life of a kosher chicken

    August 4, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    The end came swiftly for the chicken I’ll call Bob.

    Propelled into a trough of sorts by a machine that tips a crate’s worth of birds onto the assembly line—“They’re like children, sliding down,” the head kosher supervisor said—chicken Bob was seized by a worker’s...

  • Hearing set to seek new Rubashkin trial

    May 17, 2011 | 11:16 am

    A hearing has been scheduled to request a new trial for former Agriprocessors official Sholom Rubashkin.

    Documents filed Monday indicate a new hearing is set for June 15 before the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, The Associated Press reported.

    Rubashkin, the former...

  • Agriprocessors supervisor arrested in Israel

    April 14, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    A former supervisor of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa was arrested in Israel.

    Hosam Amara, 46, was indicted in 2009 on federal charges of fraud and immigration abuses. He is accused of some of the worst worker abuses at the now defunct plant in Postville,...

  • Rubashkin appeal seeks new trial

    January 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Lawyers for convicted former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin have appealed a judge’s decision denying their bid for a new trial.

    In a brief filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo., lawyers for Rubashkin made four arguments on his behalf, chief among...

  • Kosherfest 2008 is heaven on earth for foodies

    December 3, 2008 | 6:09 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Business could not have been better for Ilan Parente, owner of Solomon's Finest Kosher Meats, the only fresh meat supplier at this year's Kosherfest 2008, the international kosher food and food service trade show.

    Held Nov. 11 and 12 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New...

  • Postville Jewish community struggles to survive after raid

    By Ben Harris

    November 24, 2008 | 8:06 pm

    POSTVILLE, Iowa (JTA) -- After former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was arrested earlier this month, Rashi Raices joined several dozen members of this town's Jewish community in volunteering the equity on their homes to guarantee his return to face trial.

    All told, they...

  • Agriprocessors closed—now where’s the beef?

    By Ben Harris

    November 20, 2008 | 2:49 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)--A supermarket in New Jersey with a large kosher section has shelves nearly empty of kosher beef. In New York, a kosher steakhouse says its customers are canceling reservations because choice cuts aren't always available. And the nation's largest kosher meat producer,...
  • A beef with Rubashkin and Agriprocessors

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 7, 2008 | 9:56 am

    In just about every issue, Portfolio magazine has a large feature with a heavy religious angle. A few issues ago, Karl Taro Greenfeld wrote a revealing profile of Joel Osteen and the Gospel of Wealth he preaches. Before that, the inestimable Claire Hoffman (for evidence of that...

  • Troubles at meat plants prompt increased fear of kosher beef shortages

    By Ben Harris

    November 6, 2008 | 11:43 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- With the kosher meat producer Agriprocessors facing mounting financial problems, and a fire-related shutdown at another major kosher producer, industry insiders say major supply disruptions are inevitable, and kosher consumers should brace themselves for some rough...
  • Rubashkin son arrested, Agriprocessors fined $10 million in kosher slaughterhouse probe

    October 30, 2008 | 8:47 pm

    POSTVILLE, IOWA (JTA) -- The former manager of Agriprocessors was arrested today on charges related to the hiring of illegal workers.

    Sholom Rubashkin, 49, was arrested by immigration officials and was due to appear in federal court later today.

    Documents filed with the court...
  • L.A. Orthodox rabbis want business ethics to be kosher, too

    By Julie G Fax

    October 16, 2008 | 1:28 am

    Seeking to accentuate Jewish traditions that place a premium on ethical integrity, Los Angeles Orthodox rabbis are encouraging local businesses to sign up for a new seal of certification that ensures employers are treating workers fairly and humanely.

    The move comes in response to...

  • Agriprocessors names new CEO

    September 23, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- Agriprocessors has named a New York attorney as its new chief executive officer.

    The hiring of Bernard Feldman of Long Island as the kosher meat producer's new chief executive keeps the company in the good graces of the Orthodox Union, which said last week it would...

  • PETA hidden camera exposé costs Agriprocessors support of key expert [VIDEO]

    By Ben Harris

    September 17, 2008 | 1:09 am

    An undercover video shot last month at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant has raised new questions about the company's slaughtering practices and cost it the support of one of the country's leading experts on animal welfare.

    Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who has served...

  • Iowa files 9000 charges against Agriprocessors, OU threatens to remove Kosher cert

    September 9, 2008 | 4:55 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Following the filing of criminal charges against owners of the kosher meat producer Agriprocessors, the Orthodox Union says it will withdraw its kosher certification of the company within two weeks unless new management is hired.

    “Within the coming days, or lets say a...

  • PETA says Agriprocessors misled rabbis about slaughter procedures [VIDEO]

    By Ben Harris

    September 5, 2008 | 6:43 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—An undercover video shot at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, is prompting new claims that the company engages in inhumane slaughter and that it misled a delegation of Orthodox rabbis who visited the plant in July.

    The video, shot undercover...

  • Agriprocessors rebukes Obama, Israel sends flood aid to Ukraine

    August 28, 2008 | 12:15 am

    Agri Rebukes Obama Over Criticism

    Nathan Lewin, who is representing the largest kosher meat producer in the United States, in a statement released early Tuesday wondered whether Barack Obama had weighed the evidence in the case or considered the company's repeated denials.

    On...

  • Eating Bambi, Zell again, Bergson, broken heart

    August 14, 2008 | 1:45 am

    Agriprocessors

    I was relieved to learn that Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie of Chabad of Yorba Linda found that the working conditions and safety benefits at the Agriprocessors plant were "above par" ("Eating Bambi," Aug. 8).

    Has he done a comprehensive survey of meatpacking plants in the...
  • Eating Bambi (recipe included)

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2008 | 12:23 am

    Most of the anti-Semitic mail I get these days doesn't concern Israel, Hollywood or even the threat of a nuclear war in the Middle East -- it's about meat.

    The largest supplier of kosher meat in America, Agriprocessors Inc., has been the subject of ongoing public investigation and...

  • Iowa Labor Commissioner prosecutes Agriprocessors on 57 counts

    August 5, 2008 | 7:09 pm

    The Iowa Labor Commissioner’s Office has sent dozens of alleged violations against Agriprocessors to the state attorney general for prosecution.

    In its months-long investigation, the labor commissioner’s office found 57 cases of alleged child labor violations by the nation’s largest...

  • Agriprocessors tries to clean up its act

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 5, 2008 | 7:04 pm

    POSTVILLE, Iowa (JTA)—It’s 9 a.m. on a recent Monday and about 60 people are milling around outside Jacobson Staffing, the national employment firm contracted by Agriprocessors to replace hundreds of workers lost in a May 12 federal immigration raid.

    They are hoping for jobs at...

  • Orthodox rabbis: Agriprocessors Iowa kosher plant passes muster

    By Ben Harris

    August 5, 2008 | 6:58 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Organizers of a delegation of Orthodox rabbis say the Iowa meat-packing plant raided by federal immigration authorities in May bears no resemblance to its image as a place where safety lapses are routine and workers allegedly are abused and underpaid.

    Some 25 rabbis...

  • Conservatives release guidelines for ethical kashrut certification

    By Ben Harris

    August 4, 2008 | 7:44 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The Conservative movement released a policy statement and guidelines for its much-anticipated ethical kashrut certification, outlining the social justice standards companies are expected to meet if their foodstuffs are to qualify for the designation.

    According to the...

  • Agriprocessors raid slammed at Congressional hearings

    By Ben Harris

    July 29, 2008 | 2:56 am

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Witnesses at recent congressional hearings described the federal immigration raid on the country’s largest kosher plant as a travesty of justice, a national disgrace and an ambush.

    But comparing the government detention facilities where 300 illegal workers arrested...

  • Demonstrators march in Iowa to support Agriprocessors workers

    July 28, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    An interfaith group rallied Sunday in support of undocumented workers arrested in a raid on a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa.

    More than 900 people, mainly Jews and Catholics, called for national immigration reform and support for the nearly 400 undocumented workers...

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