Thursday, May 23, 2013

Large L.A. bakery drops RCC, switches to Kehilla Kosher
May 23, 2013

Large L.A. bakery drops RCC, switches to Kehilla Kosher

Since the Doheny Meat Market scandal broke in late March, three kosher establishments have dropped the Rabbinical Council of California's certification. Schwartz Bakery, which announced it had left on May 20, is likely the largest of the three. Image courtesy Facebook/Schwartz Bakery
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 bakery announced on its Facebook page on May 20 that all of its locations were now being supervised by a competing kosher agency, Kehilla Kosher.

According to its Web site, Schwartz is "the first kosher bakery in Los Angeles." It is the third kosher establishment to leave the RCC in recent weeks, and the second to join the businesses supervised by Kehilla.
On May 23, two Schwartz locations were still listed in the directory of RCC-certified businesses the kosher certifier's Web site.
The RCC has been under intense pressure since March, when video footage emerged that showed the owner of Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat, the largest meat distributor under RCC supervision, allegedly bringing unidentified animal products into his store at a time when the kosher overseer was absent.
Schwartz is likely the largest business to leave the RCC to date. Founded in 1954, the family-owned business also caters events, sells packaged baked goods to retailers across the Southland and runs the lunch program at Yeshivat Yavneh, an Orthodox day school near Hancock Park.
Marc Hecht, Schwartz Bakery’s owner, and RCC President Rabbi Meyer May could not be reached immediately on Thursday for comment.


Anonymous said...

I want to know wh0o is there mashgiach for Brooklyn NY

Type: Cholov Stam
207 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Kashrus pro said...

1. Are you jealous it isn't you? It probably a private label produced in one of their facilities & NOT the store itself.

Wouldn't it be great NOT to be a trouble maker?

OU certified said...

So in other words, it's ok according to Rabbi Belsky / OU to not completely clean out kelim when kashering for Pesach?

FRANKLINTON, N.C. (AP) — Orthodox Rabbi Pinchas Herman's duties have him rappelling inside a two-story-tall stainless steel tank at a factory that makes enzymes for food products.

For 10 minutes, the 47-year-old from Raleigh runs his thumb along corners of the stainless steel tank and scans screens with his flashlight. He's checking whether the equipment is clean enough to make a product for sweeteners that can be declared kosher for Passover.

"Just checking for any possible residue from the prior product. The thing it comes to with various raw materials, it is difficult to get it fully removed," he said. Later, he'll stand in the control room watching the rising temperature of water being circulated through the equipment to clean it.

Herman was dispatched to Novozymes by the New York-based Orthodox Union, the country's largest kosher certifying organization.

Bostoner Webbe said...

Chaim Schwartz wrote in the Queens Vaad magazine that he is talmid muvhak of Rabbi Halbfinger in inyanei kashrus.