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The Kashrus of Turkey: A Halachic Overview

Article by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Fiv... | Published 11/24/16 | Comments (0)

Many people are eating turkey this evening, on account of Thanksgiving. But did the Tannaim and Amoraim eat turkey? Did the Gaonim or the rishonim? The answer,...

   
 

10 Tons Of Illegal Shechita Apprehended And Destroyed I...

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 11/23/16 | Comments (0)

 Police accompanied by veterinary inspectors operating in the Israeli Arab municipality of Dir el-Assad uncovered ten tons of meat from illegal slaughter i...

   
 

Peregrine’s Landing at Tudor Heights: Where Homey...

Article by Margie Pensak | Published 11/20/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 20, 2016 - By the time I got to Peregrine’s Landing at Tudor Heights, shortly before 10 a.m. on Friday, preparations for Shabbos were...

   
 

YUM! Reporting Live from Kosherfest! (Photo Essay)

Article by BJLife/Margie Pensak | Published 11/16/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD—November 16, 2016 - I arrived at Kosherfest--the world's largest B2B trade show for the kosher industry held in Meadowlands Exposition ...

   
 

Star-K Kashrus Alert: Tomer Brand Meat

Article by Star-K | Published 11/14/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 14, 2016 - There is a new line of meat from Tomer, which is certified by Triangle K and Rabbi Elimelech Lebowitz.  Please note that th...

   
 

Starbucks - Updated Kosher Information

Article by Star-K | Published 11/14/16 | Comments (0)

November 14, 2016 STARBUCKS - UPDATED KOSHER INFORMATION STAR-K announced today that it has updated its recommended drink list for Starbucks to include a nu...

   
 

A Message from the STAR-K Regarding Wegmans in Baltimor...

Article by Star-K | Published 11/10/16 | Comments (0)

November 10, 2016 Wegmans in Baltimore Area   Please note the following regarding Wegmans supermarket in Owings Mills, MD: Chickens are being sold ...

   
 

Yoshon: Why More Today Than Years Ago?

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 11/08/16 | Comments (0)

Q. Why does it seem that there is a greater emphasis on Yoshon today than there was generations ago? A. The Rama (Yoreh De’ah 293:2) writes that where we...

   
 

UN To Begin Serving Kosher Food In Its Cafeterias

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 10/31/16 | Comments (0)

(JTA) — The United Nations will begin serving kosher food in its cafeterias. The decision Monday follows less than a month after Israel’s...

   
 

STAR-K Kosher Certification Goes Ivy League: Cornell Un...

Article by Star-K/Margie Pensak | Published 10/28/16 | Comments (0)

The logistical challenge of feeding 400+ Cornell University students and staff members Rosh Hashanah dinner in "Trillium at Kennedy Hall" and an overflow in an ...

   
 

A Start-Up Wants to Grow Kosher Meat in a Lab

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 09/18/16 | Comments (0)

Is that even possible? SuperMeat, an Israeli start-up, is running a splashy crowdfunding campaign to create lab-grown chicken, making all the usual lofty pro...

   
 

STAR-K Presents Yoshon Updates; Quick Guide Now Ready

Article by Star-K/Rabbi Sholom Tendler | Published 08/29/16 | Comments (0)

Yoshon season has officially started. Many people get confused about what the terms Yoshon and Chodosh are. Here we present a brief explanation of each, follo...

   
 

STAR-K Certification Kashrus Seminars Will Benefit Kehi...

Article by Star-K/Margie Pensak | Published 08/23/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 16, 2016 - Portland, Oregon and Richmond, Virginia, were just two of the locales that participants traveled from to attend STAR-K Kosher Ce...

   
 

It's "Old" News...Yoshon Season is Start...

Article by Star-K/Rabbi Sholom Tendler | Published 08/02/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, Md - Aug. 2, 2016 - Yoshon season has officially started. Many people get confused about what the terms Yoshon and Chodosh are. Here we present a bri...

   
 

Jew On Death Row Sues To Keep Kosher After Chicken Dinn...

Article by AP | Published 07/25/16 | Comments (0)

Eddyville, KY - A Jewish inmate on Kentucky’s death row is suing in federal court, saying he was unfairly removed from a kosher meals program for eating...

   
 

Star-K Kashrus Alert: Peachwave Frozen Yogurt Stores ...

Article by Star-K | Published 07/22/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, Md - July 22, 2016 - Please be advised that Peachwave Frozen Yogurt stores are not certified by the Star-K.  The use of the Star-K symbol in the...

   
 

Appeals Court: Florida Must Provide Prisoners Kosher Fo...

Article by AP | Published 07/14/16 | Comments (0)

Miami, FL - The state of Florida cannot use the vague threat of potential budget shortfalls to deny thousands of prisoners kosher meals they request for relig...

   
 

Appeals Court Hears Case Over Kosher Food In Florida Pr...

Article by AP | Published 07/12/16 | Comments (0)

Miami, FL - The state of Florida asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to allow it to discontinue a kosher meals program for thousands of religiously observan...

   
 

Star-K Alert: Nature's Kitchen/East Coast Fresh Ca...

Article by Star-K | Published 07/08/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - July 8, 2016 - Please be advised that packages of fresh cut carrots and products containing fresh carrots, distributed by East Coast Fresh ...

   
 

Noon Today: Star-K TeleKosher Webinar - Wed. June 29 @ ...

Article by Star-K/Margie Pensak | Published 06/29/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - June 28, 2016 - Planning your summer vacation? Wondering how close to Shabbos you can fly or when you should daven if you are taking an early fl...

   
 

Post Pesach Maryland Beer Alert - Update

Article by Star-K | Published 06/27/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - June 27, 2016 - We have received updated information that effective this Friday, July 1, 2016, all beers sold in Maryland that were part of our ...

   
 

Kashrus Alert - Nature's Sunshine Pau D'Arco

Article by Star-K | Published 06/27/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - June 26, 2016 - Please be advised that Nature’s Sunshine Pau D’Arco (Stock # 504-2 with a Hebrew label) bears an unauthorized Star-K...

   
 

Chief Rabbinate May License Private Hashgachos

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 06/26/16 | Comments (0)

As the Chief Rabbinate of Israel probes ways to improve the state kashrus system, one of the ideas being floated is to license private hashgachos, with the latt...

   
 

Update Kashrus Information for Two Baltimore Dunkin Don...

Article by Rabbi Sholom Salfer | Published 06/21/16 | Comments (0)

 Baltimore, MD - June 21, 2016 - The letter below from Rabbi Sholom Salfer updates the community on Kashrus information for two Dunkin Donuts locations: &...

   
 

Starbucks Seeking to Attract Cholov Yisroel Consumers

Article by BJLife Newsroom | Published 06/09/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - June 9, 2016 - In response to the news that Starbucks is providing liquid Cholov Yisroel milk, half and half, and cream in some stores in New Yo...

   
 

Starbucks Testing Chalav Yisrael at 10 Stores in NY, NJ...

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 06/08/16 | Comments (0)

Starbucks, the biggest coffee-drinks retailer with thousands of chain stores around the world, is testing the addition of Super Kosher (Cholov Yisroel) dairy ...

   
 

High Court Rules Private Kashrut Is Illegal

Article by Shlomo Pyotrkovsky | Published 06/06/16 | Comments (0)

Judges accept Chief Rabbinate's position over attorney general; Chief Rabbi Lau: 'fictitious alternative kashrut certificates avoided.' Deput...

   
 

STAR-K Announces Certification of Mylanta Products

Article by Star-K/Margie Pensak | Published 05/31/16 | Comments (0)

Over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products that have kosher certification are far and few between. That is why the announcement of the STAR-K certification ...

   
 

Kosher Slurpees Drive Sales at 711 Stores

Article by BJLife BJLife | Published 05/31/16 | Comments (0)

Chicago… The 711 store at 2741 W. Touhy includes a Slurpee machine that is kosher certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc). The week prior to...

   
 

Kashrus Alert from OU - Kirkland Chilean Sea Bass

Article by OU Kashrus | Published 05/25/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - May 25, 2016 - OU KASHRUTH ALERT May 24, 2016 Chilean Sea Bass Brand Kirkland Signature Product Frozen Chilean Sea Bass Company Costco W...

   
 

Post Pesach Maryland Beer Alert

Article by Star-K | Published 05/13/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - May 12, 2016 - It has come to our attention that two large beer distribution companies in Baltimore and the surrounding areas are Jewish owned. ...

   
 

Kof-K Pesach Kosher Alert Mikee's Apricot Candied ...

Article by KOF-K | Published 04/22/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, Md - April 22, 2016 - Erev Pesach 5766 -   Please note Mikee's Apricot Candied Chicken Sauce product bearing lot number L1615C and lab...

   
 

Star-K Kosher Certification Announces Arrival of Spring...

Article by BJLife Newsroom | Published 04/21/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD – Apr. 21, 2016 -  Star-K Kosher Certification is pleased to announce the arrival of the Spring 2016 edition of Kashrus Kurrents. ...

   
 

Litzman Calls on Israelis Not to Eat at McDonald’...

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 04/21/16 | Comments (0)

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman called on Israelis not to eat at McDonald’s during a conference on Tuesday in Tel Aviv, where he promoted the Hea...

   
 

Grapefruits That Are Being Sold At Costco Are From Eret...

Article by BJLife Newsroom | Published 04/20/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2016 - BJL has been notifed that grapefruits sold at Costco are from Eretz Yisrael. Even though the label on bag incorrectly says &ldqu...

   
 

Have a Burning Halacha Question? Now You Can ASK a ST...

Article by Star-K/Margie Pensak | Published 04/18/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 18, 2016 - It's a busy Friday, with only hours left until Shabbos. Not the best time, perhaps, for you to be unsure about the kosher s...

   
 

Kashrus Alert from Seven Mile Market

Article by BJLife Newsroom | Published 04/15/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 15, 2016 - Seven Mile Market mistakenly sold some Clementines this week between Monday and Wednesday evening that are in a bag marked produ...

   
 

Why Is This Matzo Different From All Other Matzos?

Article by Dan Barber | Published 04/15/16 | Comments (0)

An unintended side effect of kosher law: better tasting food. SEVERAL years ago, at a family Seder, I tasted a matzo I actually liked. It was misshapen and...

   
 

Urgent Shoppers Market Pesach Product Alert

Article by BJLife Newsroom | Published 04/14/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 14, 2016 - In the Passover section of Shoppers in the Greenspring Atrium there is Gold's Duck Sauce. Two varities are kosher l'Pe...

   
 

Star-K Sabbath Mode Update & Summary of Recent Ale...

Article by Star-K | Published 04/14/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 14, 2016 - Today, many appliances are designed and manufactured with a “Sabbath Mode”. The following clarifies how that mode is...

   
 

All STAR-K Pesach Guides and information, including new...

Article by BJLife Newsroom | Published 04/13/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 13, 2016 - The Star-K is pleased to announe the availibility of All STAR-K Pesach Guides and information, including their new APP, which ar...

   
 

Kitniyos – Conservative Judaism versus Traditiona...

Article by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT | Published 04/09/16 | Comments (0)

As always, it seems that Kitniyos is in the news again. For this Pesach, the Conservative movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards issued a non-bi...

   
 

What it Takes to Serve Kosher to 18,700 AIPAC Conferenc...

Article by Star-K/Margie Pensak | Published 04/07/16 | Comments (0)

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, famous for hosting the official inaugural balls for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, earned its newest cl...

   
 

Star-K LG OVEN ALERT

Article by Star-K | Published 04/07/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2016 - We have been advised that for all LG STAR-K certified ovens, closing the door turns the oven on immediately.  Plea...

   
 

Seven Mile Market Kosher For Pesach Update - Prigat Fla...

Article by 7 Mile Market | Published 04/04/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD – April 4, 2016 - Seven Mile Market wishes to advise its customers of the following: Seven Mile Market carries 4 Prigat flavor drinks for P...

   
 

Star-K Alert - Bosch Cooking Products UPDATE #2

Article by Star-K | Published 04/01/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Apr.1, 2016 - Please note the following about the Bosch HBLP651LUC, HBLP651RUC, and HBLP651UC built-in double ovens.  There is a problem wi...

   
 

Mark Your Calendar: Star-K TeleKosher Webinar - ANNUAL ...

Article by Star-K | Published 03/29/16 | Comments (0)

What new Kosher for Passover products will be on store shelves this year? Which products need to be specially certified for Passover and which don’t? F...

   
 

Seven Mile Market Kosher for Pesach Update

Article by 7 Mile Market | Published 03/29/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD – Mar. 29, 2016 - Seven Mile Market wishes to advise its customers of the following: 1. There were Liebers dark sweet pitted cherries on ou...

   
 

Matzah Mania! Who Knew That Mixing Flour And Water Coul...

Article by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman | Published 03/01/16 | Comments (0)

How hard can making matzah be? Mix flour and water, and bake.  Actually, there are various ways that one can go about producing matzah—and the resul...

   
 

U.S. Senator Calls On USDA To Increase Purchase Of Kosh...

Article by Dovid Gold | Published 02/29/16 | Comments (0)

New York - As levels of available kosher and halal food at local food pantries have continued to decline, and food banks have been left wondering how they wil...

   
 

STAR-K Kosher Certified Food Options Take Off at JFK, L...

Article by Star-K/Margie Pensak | Published 02/19/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 19, 2016 - Catching a red-eye flight back to JFK after a business meeting in L.A.? Landing in Newark at 5:50 a.m., after a 12-1/2 hour flig...

   
 

Holland Again Seeks To Curtail Shechita

Article by Gil Ronen | Published 02/17/16 | Comments (0)

Production of such meat will be supervised by government authorities and export of Kosher and Halal meat will be banned.] The Dutch government said Wednesday t...

   
 

Happy Tu B'Shvat - Star-K Presents a Handy Guide t...

Article by Star-K | Published 01/24/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 21, 2016 - In honor of Tu’Bshvat some people have a custom of eating various fruits. STAR-K presents our handy guide to checkin...

   
 

U.S. Listeria Outbreak Linked To Dole Packaged Salads

Article by BJLife Newsroom | Published 01/22/16 | Comments (0)

[Ed. Note]: The below does not affect any bags purchased at 7-Mile Market, but may affect bags from Giant or Sam's Club. Look for Letter "A" in Lot Code. ...

   
 

The Perks of Baltimore’s Towson Town Center&rsquo...

Article by BJLife/Isaac Draiman | Published 01/21/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - January 21, 2016 - Entrepreneur Asher Charbit’s passion for coffee was the inspiration and impetus behind Towson Town Center’s newes...

   
 

Star-K Keeps you Kurrent - Jan 2016

Article by Star-K | Published 01/13/16 | Comments (0)

   Consumer Information Coca Cola Freestyle Machines - Freestyle machines of the Coca Cola company enable the consumer to mix a variety of soft drin...

   
 

Important Announcement from STAR-K Regarding Dunkin Don...

Article by Star-K | Published 01/11/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 11, 2016 -  As many in the community have either seen and/or heard, a new Dunkin Donuts store is opening at 1101 Reisterstown Roa...

   
 

The Medical Marijuana Hechsher: Were Gedolim Consulted?...

Article by Rabbi Yair Hoffman | Published 01/07/16 | Comments (0)

Boruch Hashem, Klal Yisroel has Gedolei Torah around. Our Gedolim are the einei Hador – the eys of the generation. We have Gedolei HaPoskim and Gedole...

   
 

Pariser’s Bakery Now Serving a Taste of Home to A...

Article by BJLife/Margie Pensak | Published 01/06/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - January 5, 2015 - American olim and Israeli natives, alike, are in for a real treat beginning this Sunday, January 10, when Pariser’s Bake...

   
 

STAR-K Certification Updated Yoshon Guide Now Available...

Article by Rabbi Sholom Tendler, STAR-K ... | Published 01/05/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 5, 2016 - We are a few months into Yoshon season. Many people get confused about what the terms Yoshon and Chodosh are. Here we present a b...

   
 

Important Kashrus Notice for Dunkin Donuts from Rabbi S...

Article by BJLife/Rabbi Sholom Salfer | Published 01/04/16 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 4, 2016 - The two Dunkin Donuts stores located at 1508 & 7000 Reisterstown Rd, Baltimore are under the certification of Rabbi Sholom Sa...

   
 

Star-K Kashrus Alert: Cosmopolitan Food Group No Longer...

Article by Star-K | Published 12/31/15 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 31, 2015 - Please be advised that Cosmopolitan Food Group and all its brands, including Palermo, Milas, Casa di Oliva, Zayit, and Original ...

   
 

Fettuccine A. and Halacha

Article by Rabbi Yair Hoffman | Published 12/23/15 | Comments (0)

BACKGROUND OF THE DISH The origin of this halachic question takes place in Western Europe—more specifically in Rome, Italy, in the year 1914. An Italian...

   
 

Star-K Kashrus Alert: King's Fresh & Delicious...

Article by Star-K | Published 12/04/15 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, Md - Dec. 4, 2015  - Please be advised that King's Fresh & Delicious Chipotle Queso Cashews, in 16 oz bags, manufactured by King Nut, b...

   
 

Star-D Kashrus Alert: Nature's Eats Dairy Products

Article by Star-K | Published 11/12/15 | Comments (0)

Please be advised that the following Star-D dairy products manufactured by Nature's Eats of Boerne, Texas, and sold in H-E-B grocery stores in Texas, conta...

   
 

Kosher Products Continue To Shine At Kosherfest (Videos...

Article by Sandy Eller | Published 11/12/15 | Comments (0)

Secaucus, NJ - With over 400 booths featuring products from around the globe, cooking demonstrations, cookbook signings, exhibits, samples and much more, Kosh...

   
 

Kehillah LA Merges with OK Kosher

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 11/07/15 | Comments (0)

OK Kosher and Kehilla Kosher of Los Angeles announced their decision to merge the two organizations on Thursday. The merger agreement was approved by the ...

   
 

Today @ Noon: Telekosher Webinar - Sanctifying Shabbos ...

Article by Star-K | Published 10/28/15 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 28, 2015 - Do you know the differences between the Friday night and Shabbos day Kiddush that you recite every Shabbos? Did you ever wonder ...

   
 

Walgreens Nears Deal To Buy Rite Aid

Article by AP | Published 10/27/15 | Comments (0)

New York - Shares of Rite Aid are up 40 percent on a report that the biggest U.S. drugstore chain plans to gobble it up in its next major acquisition. The Wa...

   
 

Star-K Kashrus Alert: Giant Brand Soup Mix - Fresh Vege...

Article by Star-K | Published 10/16/15 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 16, 2015 - Giant brand soup mix - fresh vegetables,  containing dill and parsley, bears an unauthorized Star-K.  Product is ...

   
 

Star-K Kosher Certification Announces Arrival of Fall 5...

Article by Star-K | Published 10/12/15 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 12, 2015 -  Star-K Kosher Certification is pleased to announce the arrival of the Fall 5776/2015 edition of Kashrus Kurrents.  In...

   
 

Star-K Alert - Esrog Disposal

Article by Star-K | Published 10/12/15 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 12, 2015 - Esrogim exported from Eretz Yisroel for Succos 5776 (2015) have kedushas sheviis (sanctity of fruit of the Shmittah year), and m...

   
 

Umami Bistro Sold; Will Reopen as Non-Kosher

Article by BJL Staff | Published 10/09/15 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 9, 2015 - Umami has announced that it will be closing its doors on Oct. 15th. The popular eatery has been sold and will reopen as non-Koshe...

   
 

Updated: Kashrus Alert - Unger's Pearled Barley

Article by BJLife Newsroom | Published 10/02/15 | Comments (0)

[Ed. Note:] The Star-K sent us the following update on the below: This update applies to any Ungers Barley bought in 7mm after september 16. There are differe...

   
 

It's Old News - Again: Yoshon Season Has Officiall...

Article by Star-K | Published 09/25/15 | Comments (0)

Yoshon season has officially started. Many people get confused about what the terms Yoshon and Chodosh are. Here we present a brief explanation of each, followe...

   
 

Yom Tov Alerts and Reminders from STAR-K

Article by Star-K | Published 09/22/15 | Comments (0)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 22, 2015 - Erev Yom Kippur 5776 - The Star-K offers these Yom Tov Alerts and Reminders: 1. Shabbos & Holiday Mode Ovens Please note ...

   
 

OU: Splenda is Considered Mevushal for Shabbos

Article by Rabbi Gavriel Price, RC, Ingr... | Published 09/16/15 | Comments (0)

In a previous article we explained that instant coffee, even flavored Nescafe, can be prepared in a kli sheini that is yad soledes bo. This is because when a ...

   
 

Tnuva Mistakenly Delivers Treif Fish to Stores Ahead of...

Article by Staff Reporter | Published 09/07/15 | Comments (0)

Just days ahead of Rosh Hashanah, with many Israelis buying fish ahead of Rosh Hashanah, a major kashrus blunder was detected on Sunday, 22 Elul. Tnuva distribu...

   
 

Structure Unearthed in Yerushalayim May Be 'Even H...

Article by Glen Silver | Published 09/01/15 | Comments (0)

Jerusalem - Archaeologists who recently unearthed a pyramid-shaped staircase abutting the 2,000 year-old Second Temple stepped street in the City of David are...