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  • How to Shmita in California

    1 week ago

    Shmita, the Torah-mandated break that refreshes every seven years, and which is observed in the coming new year, 5775, is being reinterpreted in Los Angeles.

    The key concepts of shmita, which means “release,” are found in the Torah portion Mishpatim in Exodus (“Six years you...

  • Kosher mart reopens, remade

    August 28, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    The storefront on Pico Boulevard that for decades was known as Doheny Kosher Meat Market reopened on Aug. 20 under new ownership and new management and with a new name: Beverly Hills Kosher. 

    Doheny Kosher shut its doors amid scandal in late March, after the Rabbinical Council of...

  • Introducing … kosher lube!

    July 17, 2013 | 10:47 am

    With the Jewish Valentine’s Day fast approaching, kosher romantics have some new options thanks to Trigg Labs, which announced this week that its line of Wet personal lubricants and intimacy products are now kosher.

    After a two-year process to gain certification, all ingredients...

  • Kosher food is on the roll

    June 26, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    In a way, Michele Grant’s unfortunate Hollywood ending — she experienced an injury on a movie set while serving as an assistant director — turned into a beautiful beginning for the Los Angeles kosher community.

    While she had been passionate about cooking since her childhood, when...

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  • Doheny to reopen keeping RCC hechsher

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 19, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Here’s a bit of good news for anyone looking for kosher steak to grill on the Fourth of July: Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market may reopen within weeks.

    Rabbi Yakov Vann, director of the Rabbinical Council of California’s (RCC) kosher services arm, said on June 18 that Doheny, a...

  • 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...

  • Schwartz Bakery leaves RCC for Kehilla

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 29, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Schwartz Bakery, a kosher bakery and caterer with six retail locations across Los Angeles, has dropped the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) as its kosher certifier. The 59-year-old family-owned business announced the news on May 20, posting on its Facebook page a photograph...

  • Two restaurants drop RCC after Doheny scandal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 22, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    Less than two months after a private investigator videotaped the owner of Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market allegedly bringing unsupervised animal products into his store, two local kosher restaurants have dropped the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) as their glatt kosher...

  • Conversion 101

    May 8, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Conversion to Judaism is not easy. It requires a change in beliefs, actions and lifestyle. It involves extensive study, practice, a leap of faith, a shift in perception and some sacrifice. However, for those who feel it’s the right decision, it can be an exciting and rewarding...

  • Doheny Meats buyer Shlomo Rechnitz on business, philanthropy

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 24, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Fifteen years ago, Shlomo Rechnitz co-founded TwinMed, a wholesaler of medical supplies serving nursing homes. Since then, Rechnitz has founded, or bought, and grown a number of other businesses, including Brius Healthcare, now the largest operator of nursing homes in California. 

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  • Scandal-plagued Doheny Meats might change hands, again

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 12, 2013 | 12:47 pm

    For the second time in two weeks, the ownership of Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market might be changing hands. 

    Shlomo Rechnitz, the local Orthodox businessman and philanthropist who purchased the scandal-plagued retailer and distributor of kosher meat and poultry products on March...

  • What does Jewish law say about Doheny’s “kosher” meat?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 10, 2013 | 10:29 pm

    By now, most people reading this are probably familiar with the details of the scandal that all but destroyed Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market just before the beginning of Passover. Most readers are likely also familiar with the decision made by the Rabbinical Council of California...

  • Letters to the Editor: Doheny Meat Scandal, Newsweek’s list, Obama’s speech

    April 10, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    Doheny Scandal Raises More Questions
     
    Much has been written and spoken about the Doheny Meat scandal. I have not seen or heard anything regarding gratitude to Eric Agaki for his efforts in exposing the facts. Your article last week (“Something’s Not Kosher,” April 5) describes...
  • RCC still faces questions after sale of Doheny shop

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 10, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Ever since March 24, when the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) revoked Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market’s kosher certification, the nonprofit consortium of Orthodox rabbis has been trying to explain to kosher observant Jews in Los Angeles what went wrong, why they responded...

  • Ex-Doheny Market owner being sued in kosher meat scandal

    April 9, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Mike Engelman, who is suspected of selling non-kosher food from his Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market in Los Angeles, is being sued.

    City News Service, a Los Angeles media outlet, reported Tuesday that at least two lawsuits have been filed in Los Angeles Superior Court for fraud,...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Orthodox L.A. philanthropist buys Doheny meats

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 3, 2013 | 7:26 am

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

    Rechnitz, who co-founded a large medical supply business and also owns a number of nursing homes, purchased the...

  • Doheny Meats owner said to be involved in previous kosher controversy

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 1, 2013 | 5:03 pm

    Thirty years ago, in 1983, Rabbi Pinchas Gruman, an esteemed scholar of Jewish texts who also holds a doctorate in philosophy, was the chair of the Rabbinical Council of California’s (RCC) committee dedicated to enforcing Jewish dietary law at establishments under its supervision.

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  • Statement from the Rabbinical Council of California on Doheny Meats

    March 29, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    On Sunday March 24th, the RCC received video footage alleging kashrus violations at Doheny Kosher Meats, a store under its supervision. Within hours of receiving the information including time stamped surveillance videos, leading members of the Vaad Hakashrus met and, assessing the...

  • Who is to blame for the Doheny Meat scandal?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 29, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    We are.

    Let me explain.

    Rav Shraga Feivel Zimmerman, the current Chief Rabbi of Gateshead, England, spoke in the aftermath of a major kashrut scandal which rocked Monsey, NY, in 2006. He recalled the story of the Prophet Jonah that we read on Yom Kippur afternoon. The story...

  • Do You Really Know What You’re Buying? Another Kosher Scandal!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 29, 2013 | 6:08 am

    The rabbis teach that the paradigmatic case of chillul Hashem (descreation of the Name of G-d) is how we buy and sell meat (Yoma 86a). That's why what seems to be the most recent scandal this week is another major blow to the credibility of American kosher establishments.

    The...

  • Kosher consumers reeling after Doheny scandal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 28, 2013 | 11:31 pm

    [UPDATE, MARCH 29] The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) responds to the Doheny Meats scandal.

    [MARCH 28] Trust lies at the center of the business of kosher food, and earlier this week, in what is certainly the biggest kosher scandal to hit Los Angeles in 20 years, the trust...

  • Doheny Kosher scandal: What took RCC so long? [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 27, 2013 | 9:11 pm

    [UPDATE, MARCH 28] Rabbi Yakov Vann, the RCC's director of Kashrut Services, said in an email to The Journal on Thursday that the RCC is reviewing "all aspects of its protocols" and considering "all information relating to what took place at Doheny Meats." Vann said the RCC will...

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