Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, OBM Kashrus Administrator 1987-2020

Rabbi Don Yoel Levy

Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, of blessed memory, is considered to have been the foremost personality in the kosher world in his time.  He was renowned for his vast scholarship and unshakeable principles, coupled with an impassioned desire to inspire the kosher industry to strive for ever higher standards. Over time, his name became synonymous with all that is strictly kosher.

In 1965, Rabbi Don Yoel’s father, Rabbi Berel Levy, purchased OK Kosher Certification, at the time a minor agency, from George Goldstein. In a little over a decade, Rabbi Berel had succeeded in building the OK into a formidable force and leader on the kosher scene. To help him further develop his organization, Rabbi Berel Levy turned to his talented and learned son Rabbi Don Yoel, who had received his rabbinic ordination from some of the Jewish world’s most revered figures, among them the esteemed Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, of blessed memory.

For a ten-year period, he worked under the tutelage of his famous father; soaking in the vast quantity of knowledge and guidance shown to him. Upon his father’s passing in 1987, Rabbi Don Yoel Levy assumed the leadership of OK Kosher Certification.  During this time, Rabbi Levy guided the agency’s development into a new era of global advances in technology, amid soaring demand for kosher food worldwide.  Throughout his leadership, he comprehensively trained and mentored the world’s most professional and knowledgeable team of kosher experts at OK Kosher.

After Rabbi Don Yoel Levy’s passing in the spring of 2020, the OK Kosher Executive Rabbinical Council now holds the responsibility for all standards of Kosher law and policy that govern OK Kosher.  Founded upon the precedent he set, the entire organization continues toward the shared goal of living up to Rabbi Levy’s legacy in running OK Kosher.