7th ANNUAL OK MASHGICHIM CONFERENCE
11/28/05 - A Very Special 7th Conference
Monday the 28th of November marked the seventh annual OK Kosher Certification International Mashgichim Conference. Over 100 Mashgichim representing almost 200,000 OK Kosher Certified products around the globe gathered in a private hall located in the heart of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York, for a day of intensive and interactive educational programming. An exciting day of conferencing was capped off with a delicious lunch, catered by OK supervised Crown Heights Bunch-O-Bagels and More.
The conference, once again magnificently coordinated by OK Rabbinic Coordinator Rabbi Chaim Fogelman and Dina Orron, was designed to provide the Mashgichim with important and enlightening kashrus related information, in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Indeed, the Mashgichim, coming from as far as Australia, Israel, Thailand, Venezuela and Belgium including all of our USA representatives, delighted in each other’s company and bonded as if one family. “This conference is so important,” commented Rabbi Fogelman, “because the OK runs as one body of information, one support system, with each rabbi and each company connected to the main office. This ensures uniform standards in all aspects of kashrus and customer service and is one of the things that enables the OK to be the premier international kashrus agency.”
Upon registration, Mashgichim were handed a beautiful cream on green OK embossed tote bag, containing a custom designed Chumash, commemorative journal, Mashgichim Manual and a set of shiurim on CD, made by our own Rabbinic Coordinator, Rabbi Yitzchak Hanoka.
The conference commenced promptly at 9:30am with remarks from OK Kosher Certification’s Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, followed by a series of informative lectures and stories from the field. Program topics included: Biological and Halachic Ramifications of Davar Charif, presented by Rabbi Yitzchak Gornish; Controlling a Flavor House Through Computers, presented by Rabbi Favish Moster; Trusting Companies with Kashrus, presented by Rabbi Leizer Teitelbaum; Understanding the Mashgichim Manual, presented by Rabbi Chaim Cohn; and, a moving speech by Mr. Dolf DeRovira, CEO of our featured company, Flavor Dynamics. Two OK Mashgichim, Rabbi Yitzchok Ort (Wisconsin) and Rabbi Hertsel Simantov (Japan) were honored for their extensive contributions to OK Kosher Certification and their dedication to our rigorous standard of kashrus.
The event was both exciting and rewarding, allowing the visiting Mashgichim to interact personally and professionally with the OK’s home team of Rabbinic coordinators and with key members of the OK office staff.