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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Rubashkin family members fined $2 million

    December 19, 2010 | 8:50 pm

    Members of the Rubashkin family, who operated the now-defunct Agriprocessers kosher meatpacking plant, must pay a total of more than $2 million after defaulting on loans.

    A federal judge ordered Dec. 16 that Abraham Aaron Rubashkin and sons Sholom and Tzvi must pay the money to the...

  • Op-Ed: Prosecution was overzealous in Rubashkin case

    June 28, 2010 | 11:06 am

    The unusually severe sentence of 27 years in prison for Sholom Rubashkin is a victory for a prosecution that from the outset pursued a win-at-all-costs strategy. But the success comes at a price, and not just to the 51-year-old man now facing a virtual life sentence, his wife and 10...

  • Rubashkin: L.A. Rally Protests 27-Year Sentence

    By Ryan Torok

    June 22, 2010 | 5:38 pm

    The announcement this week that Sholom Rubashkin had been sentenced to 27 years in prison for fraud prompted the Los Angeles Orthodox community to rally together Monday evening in support of Rubashkin, his family and the expected legal appeal of what many feel is a disproportionate...

  • Rubashkin sentenced to 27 years

    June 21, 2010 | 11:32 am

    Kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years in a federal prison for his conviction on federal financial fraud charges.

    U.S. District Judge Linda Reade filed the sentencing memorandum Monday and will present the sentence in federal court Tuesday in Cedar...

  • Rubashkin acquitted in child labor case

    June 8, 2010 | 9:28 am

    Kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin was acquitted in an Iowa state court of child labor violations.

    Rubashkin was found not guilty on all 67 counts of child labor violations, relating to 26 teenagers from South America who worked at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking...

  • Rubashkin: I should not have entered the family business

    May 3, 2010 | 11:27 am

    With a federal judge expected to issue a sentence in his case later this month, a former kosher meatpacking executive expressed regret for his actions—and entering the family business.

    The two-day sentencing hearing in the financial fraud conviction of ex-Agriprocessors official...

  • Rubashkin sentencing hearing moves into second day

    April 29, 2010 | 11:24 am

    A federal judge is expected to issue a judgment in the sentencing of a former kosher meatpacking executive in three to four weeks.

    The sentencing hearing in the financial fraud conviction of ex-Agriprocessors official Sholom Rubashkin is set to continue Thursday in federal court in...

  • Former attorneys general request leniency for Rubashkin

    April 27, 2010 | 10:25 am

    Six former U.S. attorneys general have criticized prosecutors’ recommendation that a kosher meatpacking plant executive receive life in prison for bank fraud.

    The former attorneys general, as well as 17 other Justice Department veterans, expressed their concern in a letter to Linda...

  • Justice Dept. again won’t intervene in Rubashkin case

    April 21, 2010 | 11:46 am

    The U.S. Department of Justice again has declined to intervene in the sentencing of a convicted kosher meat executive.

    Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer wrote in a letter Monday that concerns about the sentencing of former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin were best...

  • 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,...
  • 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...

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