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  • OK-Kosher wins right to “dot-kosher” domain over competitors’ objection

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 23, 2014 | 9:01 pm

    Last week, the world got one step closer to the day when web sites can end not just with .com, .net, or .org -- but with the suffix “.kosher” as well.

    After a fierce and expensive dispute that pitted one major kosher certification company against five of its biggest rivals, the...

  • ‘Breaking’ Kosher: Is Los Pollos Hermanos certified?

    August 20, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Jewish fans of “Breaking Bad,” fear not: There’s finally a Jewish angle to the show.

    The fry batter used at the fictional fried-chicken chain Los Pollos Hermanos — run by drug kingpin Gustavo Fring — apparently is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.

    Except, as...

  • Kosher oversight welcomed

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 6, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC), a local nonprofit consortium of Orthodox rabbis, has brought in two national kosher organizations to review the restaurants in Los Angeles under its supervision.

    The out-of-town rabbis visited three local RCC-certified restaurants last...

  • RCC: Don’t Throw Out the Baby With the Bathwater

    April 4, 2013 | 10:49 am

    This past Pesach week has been a horrible one for the Los Angeles Jewish Community.  The butcher it relied on for decades violated his moral, ethical and religious obligations to the public by surreptitiously bringing meat or poultry that was not supervised into his store.  His was...

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  • OU, JFNA slam Obama plan to reduce deduction rate

    February 14, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Two national Jewish organizations criticized a provision in the Obama administration’s federal budget proposal that would reduce the tax deductibility rate of charitable donations.

    The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and The Jewish Federations of North America...

  • OU backs repeal of Fla. funding law

    March 30, 2011 | 10:05 am

    The Orthodox Union told Florida’s House of Representatives that it backs a repeal of a law that bans public funds for faith-based schools, activities and charities.

    The law’s current language bans public funds “in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any...

  • Junior Mints and Tootsie Pops Go Kosher

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 24, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    Just in case anyone was still under the illusion that kosher equals healthy, the OU recently burst that (Blow Pop) bubble with its announcement that Tootsie Roll Industries has added Junior Mints, Blow Pops, Tootsie Roll Pops, Caramel Apple Pops, Charms, Sugar Daddy and Sugar Babies...

  • New Traditional Haggadot Reflect Freedom

    March 25, 2009 | 6:40 pm

    Why is this Passover different than all other Passovers?

    On most Passovers, it is the liberal Jewish denominations that seek to reinterpret the holiday traditions, often viewing them through the prism of contemporary struggles for civil rights and environmental preservation.

    But...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Briefs: Newsweek ranks the rabbis, ‘Passover in a Box’

    By Amy Klein

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Los Angeles wins again on Newsweek's two new top rabbi lists ("Is Your Rabbi Hot or Not?") with locals heading the 25 Top Pulpit Rabbis in America (No. 1: Rabbi David Wolpe of Temple Sinai) and the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America (No. 1: Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon...
  • Law and disorder

    By David Suissa

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Only in Los Angeles can you have a convention of Orthodox Jews where the keynote address is given by a woman named Bacon, the special guest speaker is a famous

    Hollywood film critic and the executive director begins his Shabbat sermon by talking about Christmas.

    I'm referring to the...

  • Briefs: ‘Christian Nation’ vote; Aid to P.A.

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Xmas Resolution Renews 'Christian Nation' Debate

    A seemingly benign U.S. congressional resolution supporting Christmas has become the latest fodder in the debate over whether America is a "Christian nation."

    Nearly all the members of the House of Representatives, including a majority...

  • Letters

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mensches, Menschen

    The plural of "mensch" has always been "menschen" ("Mensches: Some Big-Hearted Angelenos You Would Be Proud to Know," Jan. 6). Come Purim, will we read about "hamentasches"?

    I was impressed, though, by the dedication of those featured in the accompanying article.

    ...

  • The Tangled Web

    By Amy Klein

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Google got you down?

    Looking for that special Jewish link and have to sift through dozens of unrelated Web sites -- or even worse, anti-Semitic ones -- just to find what you're looking for?

    It's probably old news to report that there are specialized Jewish search engines -- there...

  • Acts of Faith

    By Amy Klein

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat Shalom, Los Feliz

    When Rabbi Leibel Korf came to Los Angeles more than seven years ago, he started up a Chabad center in his Los Feliz home's dining room. By October 2000, he moved to a 1,200-square-foot storefront on Vermont Avenue, in a strip mall just north of Hollywood...

  • PowerPoint Purim

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sometimes it's hard to hear the reading of the Megillat Esther over the raucous screeches, foot stamping and grogger spinning that come following the reading of Haman's name on Purim. Often the reader of the megilla has to wait until the noise subsides before continuing.

    But for...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Leader Admits to Drug Charges

    A German Jewish leader admitted to drug charges and resigned his post as vice president of the country's Jewish community. In a news conference Tuesday, Michel Friedman also asked forgiveness from the public, his colleagues and his...

  • Ask Moses and You Shall Receive

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to the Rabbi Chaim Cunin, director of AskMoses.com, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson anticipated the Internet and the role it would play in our everyday lives as far back as the late 1970s. But it was not until 1998, when Chabad Lubavitch supporter Yuri...