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CORcast #10: Meet the Mashgiach for the Toronto Maple Leafs - David Tock

COR mashgiach David Tock talks about what it's like to be the mashgiach at the Air Canada Centre and Camp B'nai Brith Northlands If you can not see this chirbit, listen...

CORcast #9: COR's Top 10 Kosher Secrets

Every kosher agency has areas where they are stringent and lenient. Here are areas where COR's approach is lenient. Join Rabbi Heber and Richard Rabkin for another CORcast. If you can...

Three Sisters' Kitchen Café: A Community Experience

Do you have a love for food, the arts, or the environment? If so, you might find a home at the Three Sisters’ Kitchen Café (3SK).  Michael and Aharona Gans, owners of...

The True Colours of Canadian Whisky

By Rabbi Y. Teichman & Rabbi T. HeberThe Secret is out of the Barrel1Months of extensive and exhaustive research into the kashrus of uncertified Canadian whisky has revealed its true...

Can Dairy Naan Bread be Kosher Certified?

BY: RABBI TSVI HEBERIndian Jews Ate Naan!?Recently, one of our COR certified companies requested approval for their naan bread. Along with the pareve variety, the company...

The Halachic CORner 2017/5778

What is the kosher status of Canadian whisky? Can dairy Naan bread be kosher certified? Find out the answers to these questions and more in the latest edition of COR's Halachic CORner. Click here for an online version of...

COR Establishments with a Sukkah 2017/5778

The following COR certified establishments will have a sukkah on premises for the duration of Sukkot. The kosher status of the following sukkahs has been verified by COR's rabbis: Restaurants: Aroma Espresso...

Just Checking: How to Clean & Check Romaine Lettuce (Video)

Just Checking: Romaine Lettuce from COR Kosher on Vimeo. With thanks to: Katan Studios & Sandy Sugar Interiors Checking Process: 1)      Preliminary Check: Check the produce for the presence of insects; focusing on...

Just Checking: How to Clean & Check Strawberries (Video)

COR_ Strawberry - Final Version from COR Kosher on Vimeo.With thanks to: Katan Studios & Sandy Sugar Interiors Checking Process: 1)      Preliminary Check: Check the produce for the presence of insects; focusing on...

Just Checking: How to Clean & Check Herbs (Video)

Just Checking: Herbs from COR Kosher on Vimeo.With thanks to: Katan Studios & Sandy Sugar Interiors Checking Process: 1)      Preliminary Check: Check the produce for the presence of insects; focusing on heavy...

Just Checking: How to Clean & Check Green Onions (Video)

Just Checking: Green Onions from COR Kosher on Vimeo.With thanks to: Katan Studios &Sandy Sugar Interiors Checking Process: 1.Slit open all scallions or leek from top to bottom.2.Separate each individual layer.3.Loosen...

Just Checking: Supplies (Video)

Just Checking: Supplies from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

CORcast #8: One on One with Toronto's "Kosher Guru", Shlomo Assayag

Richard Rabkin talks with Shlomo Assayag about "Guru Nation", why it is so difficult to run a kosher restaurant, and much more... If you can not see...

CORcast #7: Is COR Responsible for the (High) Cost of Kosher Food?

How do COR fees affect the price of kosher food? Join COR's Managing Director Richard Rabkin to find out: If you can not see this chirbit, listen...

CORcast #6: A Trip Down Memory Lane with Esther Scheer - COR's Longest Standing Office Staff Member

Join us for another edition of the CORcast where we take a trip down memory lane with Esther Scheer - COR's longest serving office staff member:  ...

How to Make Used Cast Iron Cookware Kosher

By Chaim Ribiat   Ever since my wife introduced me to cast iron cookware, I have been enamoured. They impart a fabulous sear, work on all stove top surfaces, can go from stove...

CORcast #5: Interview with the Chairman

Have you ever wondered who the Chairman of COR's lay board is and what he does? Tune into the CORcast as we interview Dr. Ira Marder: If...

CORcast #4: Questions, Answers & Everything in Between

Are Starbucks or Tim Horton's Muffins in Canada kosher? Why would a pareve product's label say "may contain milk"? What are the quirkiest questions that come into COR? Join Rabbi...

CORcast #3: What is a Kosher Supervised Event & Why Does it Matter (Podcast)

Join Rabbi Tsvi Heber and Richard Rabkin as they discuss kosher supervised events, unsupervised events, and how to tell the difference between the two: If you can...

2017 Canadian Kosher Slurpee List

Below is a list of Slurpee flavours sold in Canada. Please note that it is advisable to verify that the actual concentrate being used is on this recommended list: 7UP Barq’s Red Cream Soda Barq’s Root...

CORcast #2: Tips & Tricks for the Kosher Traveler (Podcast)

Join Rabbi Dovid Laufer and Richard Rabkin as they discuss how best to keep kosher on the road.If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here https://chirb.it/E1syOE ...

CORcast: The Kosher Status of Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Shops (Podcast)

Rabbi Tsvi Heber and Richard Rabkin discuss how kosher consumers should approach eating at ice cream and frozen yogurt shops in the first COR PodcastIf you can not see this...

Uncertified Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Shops

  As part of a kosher certification program, reliable kosher certification agencies ensure that their certified products are packaged and sealed according to appropriate halachic guidelines. This means that as long as the product...

COR Passover Magazine (2017/5777)

The 2017/5777 COR Passover Magazine is available in print at local community establishments. To view an electronic copy click the link below: COR Passover Magazine (2017/5777) For Passover questions please email...

COR- Kashruth Council of Canada Trains Ottawa Community for Pesach

Rabbis from the Kashruth Council of Canada, better known as “COR” for their kosher symbol, made their mark on the nation’s capital with a Pre Pesach lecture for the Ottawa Jewish community...

Pesach, Matzah & Marror: A Pre-Passover Toronto Community Event March 28

Tuesday, March 28thth, 2017 Appetizers & Desserts at 7:30 pm Lecture at 8:00pm Shaarei Shomayim - 470 Glencairn Ave. Toronto   Pesach – Rabbi Sholom H. Adler: Topics in today’s shechita industry  Matzah – Rabbi Dovid...

COR Live in Ottawa for a Pre-Passover Community Event Monday, March 20

COR LIVE IN OTTAWA For… Answers & Appetizers: a Pre-Passover Ottawa Community Event Monday March 20th Appetizers at 7:30 pm Answers at 8:00pm Soloway Jewish Community Centre 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa COR Rabbis will outline the most frequent Pesach questions...

Top 15 Questions from the COR Passover Hotline

Top Fifteen Questions from the COR Passover Hotline   COR is pleased to answer questions from kosher consumers throughout the year. This service is especially popular during the weeks leading up to Passover, as...

How to Save Money and Stay Healthy on Passover

By Miriam Leibowitz, MHSc, RD Plan your menu in advance, make a shopping list and stick to it. Avoid impulse buys -- do you really need that $30 jar of cashew...

Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) and Niagara College Partner on Project to Integrate Kosher, Food Safety Guidelines

Seeking a more efficient way to make kosher certification integrate with food safety planning, the Kashruth Council of Canada recently partnered with Niagara College on an ambitious project to do just that.Most...

COR's Rabbi Catriel Blum Named Mashgiach of the Year

COR’s very own Rabbi Catriel Blum has been selected “Mashgiach of the Year.” KASHRUS Magazine, the Brooklyn-based periodical for the kosher consumer and Trade made the announcement and presented him with a check...

How Does a Product Become Kosher?

By Rabbi Sholom H. Adler How does a company actually become kosher? This is a question that I often receive in my capacity as Director of Industrial Kosher of the Kashruth Council...

Are Zebus Kosher?

By Rabbi Yechiel Teichman Kosher animals are separated by the Torah into two groups. The first group is domesticated animals (beheima) and includes three types: cattle, sheep, and goats. The second group...

The Kosher Status of Genetically Modified Salmon

By Rabbi Tsvi Heber A Genetically Modified Fish[1] After two decades of exhaustive and rigorous review, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the first ever genetically engineered...

COR Establishments with a Sukkah

The following establishments will have a Sukkah on premises for the duration of Sukkot: Restaurants: Aroma Espresso Bar Kosher 3791 Bathurst St, Toronto, OntarioBa-Li-Laffa (South) 3520 Bathurst St, Toronto,...

2016/5777 COR Pas Yisroel List

We are pleased to present the COR Pas Yisroel List to help kosher consumers adhere to the requirement to keep Pas Yisroel during the 10 days of teshuva between Rosh Hashana...

The Inside Scoop: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Hannah Mestel was a busy executive working 50-60 hours per week -- away from her family for significant periods of time -- and she decided that it was time to make a...

AISH TANOOR: A Little Israel on Eglinton

Visiting Israel is certainly not as difficult as it once was, but the 10 hour flight can still be challenging, not to mention costly. So if you can’t make the trip, a...

2017 Canadian Kosher Slurpee List

Below is a list of Slurpee flavours sold in Canada. Please note that it is advisable to verify that the actual concentrate being used is on this recommended list: 7UP Barq’s Red Cream Soda Barq’s Root...

May is Kosher Restaurant Month!

COR-Kashruth Council of Canada is pleased to announce that May is “Kosher Restaurant Month” in the Greater Toronto Area! 26 participating COR certified kosher restaurants are offering 10% off their regular menus...

2016/5776 COR Passover Magazine

The 2016/5776 COR Passover Magazine is available in print at local community establishments. To view an electronic copy click the link below: 2016/5776 COR Passover MagazineFor Passover questions please email us...

Top Ten Questions from the COR Passover Hotline (2016)

Top Ten Questions from the COR Passover Hotline   COR is pleased to answer questions from Canadian kosher consumers throughout the year. This service is especially popular during the weeks leading up to Passover,...

COR-Kashruth Council of Canada Conducts Pre Pesach Community Events Across Canada

From Edmonton, Alberta to Toronto, Ontario, the Kashruth Council of Canada, better known as “COR” for their kosher symbol, has been educating kosher consumers across the country leading up to the holiday...

A Kosher Jew in a Non-Kosher Workplace

A guide for keeping kosher at the office – both during Passover and year round.                                     ...

COR’s Passover Extra Virgin Olive Oil Policy Explained

Consumers may have noticed that we have changed our policy with respect to extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) on Passover, in that we are only recommending those that bear specific kosher for Passover...

New Kosher Chicken Processing Plant Coming to Ontario

The Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) is pleased to announce that the Chicken Farmers of Ontario(CFO), the regulatory body that oversees the growing and marketing of chicken in Ontario, has approved the...

COR Launches First of its Kind College Accredited Mashgiach Training Program

A lawyer attends law school; a doctor goes to medical school; plumbers, electricians and tradespeople of all types have professional training and licensing programs. But the standard in the kosher industry is that...

Un-supervised Events could be Un-Kosher Events

Just like the government has health inspectors who visit restaurants to ensure compliance with the government’s health and safety standards, in simple terms, a mashgiach or a kosher supervisor, ensures that an establishment,...

Shemittah beyond Shemittah

An examination into how Shemittah remains relevant to kosher consumers beyond the Shemittah year.By Rabbi Tsvi HeberIntroductionThe conclusion of the Shemittah year 5775 is a significant milestone for the farmers...

Pas Yisroel: Turning up the Heat

By:Rabbi Sholom H. AdlerThe ins and outs of pas Yisroel and how it is applied in an industrial manufacturing setting.  What is pas Yisroel and why was it instituted?Pas Yisroel is...

5776/2015 COR Pas Yisroel List

The COR Pas Yisroel List is intended to assist kosher consumers who are interested in adhering to the stringency of Pas Yisroel. It is noteworthy to mention that only products...

Are Vegan Restaurants Kosher?

Here are some of the challenges for kosher consumers looking to dine in vegan restaurants. By Richard Rabkin Market research amongst consumers who look for kosher certified food shows an interesting phenomenon: Jews...

New COR Kosher Symbol Card

COR has published a new kosher symbol card that features the most popular kosher symbols that appear on kosher products in Canada.If you would like copies of the COR Kosher...

2015 Canadian Kosher Slurpee List

Below is a list of Slurpee flavours sold in Canada. Please note that it is advisable to verify that the actual concentrate being used is on this recommended list: Barq’s Red Cream Soda Barq’s...

COR Answers over 5000 Consumer Questions for Passover

New Text-A-Question service a resounding success with over 1000 text questions It has been said that for a kosher certifier, the month before Passover is akin to an accountant during tax season and...

The Kosher Status of Vitamins and Medicines

A Halachik analysis of the kosher status of vitamins and medicines. By Rabbi Tsvi Heber The constant stream of questions from our community pertaining to medicines and vitamins rank amongst the most frequently asked...

Blessings on Fruit Trees

 By Rabbi Tsvi Heber  ברוך א"י אמ"ה שלא חיסר בעולמו כלום וברא בו בריות טובות ואילנות טובות ליהנות בהם בני אדם[i]The month of Nissan brings in all the hustle and...

No Question Left Unanswered at COR Pre Passover Event

By Sarah RosenThe Toronto Jewish community was well fed, well informed andwell entertained on Wednesday, March 18th at The Kashruth Council ofCanada (COR)’s annual Pre-Passover lecture, held this year at...

2015 COR Passover Magazine

The 2015/5775 COR Passover Magazine is available in print at local community establishments. The electronic copy is available at the link below. This is a large file, so it may...

Top Passover Questions from the COR Kosher Hotline

COR is pleased to answer questions from kosher consumers throughout the year. This service is especially popular during the weeks leading up to Passover, as evidenced by the over three...

Why Does the US Have More Kosher Products than Canada?

By Richard Rabkin   It’s cold outside and like a true Canadian I fought the frigid winter by cowardly fleeing southward for a brief family vacation. While I was there I couldn’t help...

Kosher Cheese Please

A halachik analysis of the requirements to make kosher cheese. By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber   Introduction This article examines several issues that surround the kashrus of cheese-making; both historical and contemporary. 1. What makes kosher cheese...

Why is Kosher Meat More Expensive than Non Kosher Meat?

By Richard RabkinI just returned from a convention of the Association of Kashrut Organizations (AKO) where the different kosher agencies get together to learn, exchange ideas and share best practices...

Rosh Hashana Kosher CORner Magazine 2014/5775

We are proud to announce the release of our Rosh Hashana Kosher CORner Magazine. It is available in print in local community establishments and a digital version is available here....

The Big Apple Pie: Chudleigh's Goes COR Kosher

Chudleigh’s apple farm is well known as a destination for family outings. But if you like apple pie, get to know Chudleigh’s 125,000 square foot commercial bakery which is now under COR supervision....

Shemittah 101

A practical overview of the Shemittah laws for the upcoming year. By Rabbi Tsvi Heber   Introduction "Shemittah" literally means to disengage[1] and is the commonly used word to refer to the Sabbatical year in which the...

Cooking on Yom Tov: A Halachic Analysis

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Yom Tov is fast approaching and Balabustas around the world are planning their meals. Yom Tov allows us the opportunity to prepare and cook...

When it Comes to Kosher Affairs, "Unsupervised is Uncertain"

By Richard Rabkin A couple of years ago I was invited to an event and was assured by the person extending the invitation that it was kosher. That’s a workplace hazard I guess...

Kosher Camps: What Does it Take to Keep a Summer Camp Kosher?

By Richard Rabkin   School is out, summer is here and for many kids that means summer camp. The tradition of going to camp seems to be particularly strong in the Jewish community...

Understanding Kosher Restaurant Costs: INFOGRAPHIC

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A Day in the Life of COR Mashgiach (VIDEO)

A Day in the Life of a COR Mashgiach from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

A Day in the Life of COR's Baycrest Mashgiach (VIDEO)

A Day in the Life of a COR Mashgiach: Baycrest Edition from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

A Response to Issues Raised by the Canadian Jewish News

We appreciate this opportunity to respond to issues raised by the Canadian Jewish News about our organization. COR provides a critical service to the community and we welcome the chance to provide more...

COR Proprietors Speak Out (Video)

COR Proprietors Speak from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

An Open Letter to the Jewish Community

The Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) would like to initiate a dialogue with the community about our services and in the interests of transparency, discuss our fee structure, our business model and...

COR Answers over 3000 Consumer Questions for Passover

By Chava Fine The COR Passover hotline was ringing nonstop from Purim to Passover, with questions ranging from how to kasher a kitchen for Passover, to whether chocolate matzah can be consumed during...

Kensington Place: A Kosher Retirement Resort

By Chava Fine In Toronto, when you think ‘kosher retirement home’, think ‘all-inclusive resort’. Residents of Kensington Place, a kosher retirement home certified by COR, experience an all-inclusive lifestyle which includes gourmet kosher...

Mr. Jack Feintuch Remembers R' Leiby Newman at the COR Pre Passover Lecture (Video)

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Video Instructional: Tithing Produce from the Land of Israel: Terumot and Maaserot

Tithing Produce from the Land of Israel from COR Kosher on Vimeo. Rabbi Heber’s article, Produce of Israel: A Primer, that explains the tithing procedure in more details can be found on the COR...

Produce of Israel: A Primer

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher  The Land of Eretz Yisroel is imbued with special holiness. The Torah emphasizes the holiness of the land through a number of mitzvos that are...

Top Passover Questions from the COR Kosher Hotline 2014

COR is pleased to answer questions from kosher consumers throughout the year. This service is especially popular during the weeks leading up to Passover, as evidenced by the nearly two thousand questions answered...

COR Passover Guide 2014

The 2014/5774 COR Passover Guide is available in print at local community establishments. The electronic copy is now available here. This is a large file, so it may take a...

Sephardic Passover Traditions

A look at some of the fascinating Passover rituals practiced by Moroccan, Iraqi, Bucharian and Indian Jews   By Chava Fine Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews each possess a rich set of customs and traditions that trace...

Shaimos Guidelines: Discarding Holy Objects

As we clean for Passover, we tend to use the opportunity to de-clutter our homes as well. We find that over the course of the year we manage to collect a sizeable...

Pet Food on Passover and Throughout the Year

Although one is allowed to feed pets non-kosher foods, there are still kashrut issues that one has to be aware of. Throughout the year, not only are we commanded not to eat foods...

The ABC's of Kitniyot

In addition to the Torah’s prohibition of chametz on Pesach, many people have the custom to refrain from consuming kitniyot as well. Origins             The earliest literature regarding kitniyot dates back over 700 years. The Smak (R...

Remembering Leiby Newman: A Mashgiach and a Mensch

By Richard Rabkin A few years ago, I took my wife out for dinner to the Park Hyatt’s Anona restaurant for our wedding anniversary. About halfway through our meal I saw a dapper...

Keeping Toronto Kosher During the 2013 Ice Storm

By Richard RabkinWho’s ready for summer? This winter, the weather has been particularly harsh, and it’s not even half over yet! I think Someone Above is trying to give us a hint...

Yoshon: Frequently Asked Questions

By Rabbi Yechiel Teichman, COR Rabbinic Coordinator    1) What is yoshon? The Torah states that grain which was planted after Pesach may not be consumed until the following Pesach. In greater detail, grain may...

Supervising the Largest Kosher Dinner in Canadian History

By Richard Rabkin  The Jewish National Fund’s Negev dinner honouring Prime Minister Stephen Harper has rightfully received much attention. But what has received less attention are the details of the dinner itself, and specifically...

Lighting up Toronto: Halachik Challenges of the 2013 Ice Storm

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher I am writing from the dining room of my comfortably heated home where layers of sweaters and blankets are no longer necessary. Trees outside are...

COR Mashgiach Yehoshua Levy's Excellence Recognized by Kashrus Magazine

By Chava Fine Ensuring that 15 food service outlets have their kosher program together on a daily basis is a demanding job. Yehoshua Levy, COR mashgiach for 20 years, does just that, and his...

Jelly Donuts in Halacha

Jelly Donuts in Halacha[1] By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher  On Chanuka, there is a prevalent custom to eat foods that are fried in oil, such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). The...

Mashgichim: the Unsung Heroes of the Kosher Consumer

By Richard Rabkin  “What is a ‘mashgiach’ and what exactly do they do”? This is a question we often receive at the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) --often followed by “and how...

Questions@COR Video: What's the Bracha on Kellogg's Corn Pops?

Questions@COR: What's the Bracha on Kellogg's Corn Pops? from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

The Kosher Chicken Situation: Information and Update

By Richard RabkinOctober 1, 2013“Where did all of the kosher chicken go?” We’ve been fielding this question at the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) for the last couple of months so...

Questions@COR Video: What Does "Dairy Equipment"(DE) Mean?

Questions@COR: What Does "Dairy Equipment"(DE) Mean? from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

2013/5774 Pas Yisroel List

COR is proud to present our 3rd annual Pas Yisroel List for the Aseres Yemai Teshuva. The Pas Yisroel List helps kosher consumers adhere to the requirement to keep Pas Yisroel during the...

COR Statement on Kosher Status of "Test-Tube" Meat

We at COR-Kashruth Council of Canada read with great interest the recent news that scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands have created meat in a laboratory derived from animal cells. We...

Questions@COR Video: Does Dish Soap Require Kosher Certification?

Questions@COR: Does Soap Require Kosher Certification? from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Rabbi Moshe Elefant Speaks at the Joint COR/Ask OU Educational Event (Video)

COR/Ask OU Educational Event from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Notice to Consumers Regarding Kosher Poultry

As the Greater Toronto Area’s community kosher certifier, and Canada’s largest kosher certifier, we at COR – Kashruth Council of Canada share the concern of kosher consumers across Canada regarding the closure of...

Greater Toronto Area Celebrates the Success of Kosher Restaurant Month

May was “Kosher Restaurant Month” in the Greater Toronto Area, where 34 participating COR certified kosher restaurants offered 10% off their regular menus to encourage consumers to come out and support their local...

Kosher Food at Pearson Airport Thanks to COR Certified Grodzinski Bakery

By Chava Fine Kosher consumers who have previously been stuck in the Toronto Pearson Airport with few options in sight can now breathe a sigh of relief. Grodzinski Bakery is providing a variety...

COR's Top Ten Passover Questions and Answers for 2013

Consumers in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada had kosher questions leading up to Passover and many of them called the COR Passover hotline for answers. COR-Kashruth Council of Canada answered approximately...

My Kosher Kitchen @ COR:Two New Cooking Classes in the GTA

COR's Director of Culinary Education Nancy Weisbrod is offering two new cooking classes in April and May 2013. Click the link with the attached flyer for more information....

COR’s Pre-Pesach Community Lecture Inspires

By Suri Ervin Three hundred members of the Toronto Jewish community assembled at Clanton Park Synagogue to attend an annual Pre-Pesach lecture put on by COR-Kashruth Council of Canada, Canada’s largest kosher certifier. This year,...

A Brief History of Macaroons

From medieval to modern times, the macaroon has made its mark.   By Judy Pister   It has always puzzled me why the holiday of Passover involves macaroons. Each year when I start my Passover shopping...

Rabbi Yehuda Simes at the COR Pre Passover Lecture (VIDEO)

R Simes COR Pre-Passover Lecture from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Rabbi Dovid Heber at the Pre Passover Community Lecture (Video)

Rabbi Dovid Heber @ COR Pre Passover Lecture from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

COR Passover Guide 2013/5773

The 2013/5773 COR Passover Guide is available in print at local community establishments. The electronic copy is now available here. The file is large, so it may take a few...

Mashgiach @ Home: A First Hand Account

By Nancy WeisbrodThis week marked the first class of the 3 part series called Mashgiach @ Home. While we are all busy in the next week or so getting...

COR@60 Commemorative Journal Available Online

The COR@60 commemorative journal marking COR's 60 years of service to the community is now available online here....

An Eye on Kashrus: The Impact of Maris Ayin on Contemporary Kashrus

By Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Introduction Maris ayin is a unique rabbinic enactment[1] whose breadth spans the entire spectrum of halacha. From proscribing a Jewish agent from lending a gentile's money to...

My Kosher Kitchen@COR: Adventures in Bug Checking

By: Nancy Weisbrod, Director of Culinary Education In this week’s Foundation Series cooking class we explored the world of “Root, Shoot, Flower and Fruit” and the category of vegetables...

Perl's is Back!

To this day when Canadian kosher consumers hear the name “Perl’s” they think kosher meat. Perl’s was known by kosher and non-kosher consumers alike, as the largest manufacturer of kosher meat products in...

PR Creative Caterers: Food that’s Fit for a President

When Israeli President Shimon Peres came to Toronto to speak at the Sony Centre, the organizers of the event needed to find a caterer able of providing a meal that was kosher and,...

My Kosher Kitchen@COR: Zucchini Soup

By Nancy Weisbrod, Director of Culinary Education, COR- Kashruth Council of Canada While the secular world celebrates the calendar new year with parties where champagne flows and party horns blow (I’ve never...

COR Mashgiach at Baycrest Rabbi Wilhelm Demonstrates Pan Engraving System (Video)

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COR Hosts Kosher Certifiers at AKO Vaadim Conference

Rabbis representing kashrus agencies from around North America and beyond met for the AKO Vaadim Conference in Toronto Canada July 15-17 to unite, share best practices, and raise kashrus standards. The event was...

Introducing...My Kosher Kitchen @ COR

Do You Enjoy Cooking? It’s an odd question to ask when it’s a task we perform for at least ourselves, and often others, repeatedly; daily, monthly, yearly.  It can be daunting. It’s like when...

What is a "Kosher Tanker"?

By Rabbi Yechiel Teichman Kosher consumers are amongst the most inquisitive and educated about the food that they purchase. Most consumers probably pick up their favorite branded items, place them in their...

How Kosher is Your Simchah? (Mishpacha Magazine)

By Dovid Sussman Are you eating the main course at that chasunah simply because all the other religious-looking guests are eating it too? Kashrus experts expose some alarming trends in catered affairs that might...

A Brief History of COR: 60 Years Serving the Community

This year, 2012/5772, COR – Kashruth Council of Canada is celebrating a milestone -- 60 years serving as Toronto’s community kosher certifier and Canada’s largest kosher agency. Birthdays are often a time to...

Hamizrach Restaurant: The Food Tells a Story

As Jewish people we know that food does more than just sustain us. It is integral to how we celebrate our holidays and come together with our families. Food tells a story,...

COR Answers Over 1500 Passover Related Consumer Questions

Leading up to Passover the COR Passover hotline was so hot it was burning up. For the weeks preceding Passover and during the holiday itself the staff at COR – Kashruth Council...

Kosher at the Park Hyatt

Imagine that you are invited to one of the most exclusive functions of the year -- the National Football League’s invitation only pre-game party that it hosts for its approximately 5000 VIPs...

COR Pre Passover Lecture Inspires

By Judy Pister On March 26, 2012 COR hosted a Pre Pesach Community lecture in Toronto. Featured guest speakers were Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Chief Operating Officer of OU Kosher and Rabbi Moshe Tuvia...

Say Kosher Cheese

By: Judy Pister There is a distinct prohibition on eating cheese made by a non Jewish person, termed gevinat akum, even if the ingredients and equipment are in fact kosher. This strictly adhered...

COR Supervision Model

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher In recent years, the Greater Toronto Area’s kosher community has experienced unprecedented growth so it is not surprising that COR now provides kosher supervision for more than 160...

The Pesach Traveller

By Rabbi Chaim D. Kulik Going away for Pesach? You’re in good company!  For hundreds of years almost all Jews ‘went away’ for Pesach.  During the times of the Bais Hamikdash every Jew had...

The Ten Commandments for a Healthier Passover

By Miriam Leibowitz, MHSc, RD As Passover approaches, I’m sure you are all busy cleaning your homes and stocking your kitchen with Passover foods and snacks. Unfortunately, it is more than likely that the foods...

Purim Recipes by Norene Gilletz

PAREVE PURIM TREATS By Norene Gilletz Looking for some pareve Purim treats for your Purim baskets for mishloach manot or to serve for your Purim seudah? Try these new angles on traditional treats. Enjoy! POPPY...

Kosher Issues Involved with Nannies

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Almost 53 years ago, Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l[i] was asked a shaila by a Rov who had become aware that a couple in his community left...

COR Promotes Continuing Education Amongst Rabbinic Inspectors

Technology is advancing rapidly and food manufacturing facilities are no exception. As a result, COR – Kashruth Council of Canada, Canada’s largest kosher certifier, has instituted an aggressive continuing education regimen for its...

COR Spotlight: Spudniks Snack Foods

Sometimes in life you just have to be in the right place at the right time and opportunities present themselves. For Michele Revivo of Spudniks Snack Foods, that is exactly what happened....

Bakers Journal Magazine Profiles COR Presentation at Guelph Food Technology Centre Seminar

February 1, 2012, Brampton, ON - Kosher is capturing a growing share of the food market as consumers of all faiths put their trust in food products prepared according to...

A Baker's Tale: COR's Bulik Bakery Featured in Mishpacha Magazine

A fascinating feature article in Mishpacha magazine about COR certified Bulik Bakery. Attached below....

Video: Behind the COR with Rabbi Tuvia Basser

Behind the COR with Rabbi Tuvia Basser from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Video: Behind the COR with Rabbi Yacov Felder

Behind the COR with Rabbi Yacov Felder from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Video: Behind the COR with Rabbi Sholom H. Adler

Behind the COR with Rabbi Sholom H. Adler from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Video: Behind the COR with Rabbi Tsvi Heber

Behind the COR with Rabbi Tsvi Heber from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Kosher Certification in Quebec

Kosher Certification in Quebec COR provides kosher certification in the province of Quebec, Canada’s second most populous province. The agri-food industry plays an important role in the economy of Quebec. It...

Video: Behind the COR with Rabbi J. Norman

Behind the COR with Rabbi J. Norman from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Video: COR Kosher Certificates

COR Kosher Certificates from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

GFTC Conference on Kosher to Feature COR

The Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) is pleased to announce their first "Innovation Breakfast" for 2012, on Wednesday January 25th and the Person Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario. The subject will be three emerging...

COR Kosher Consumer Survey

Have a product that you want to see become kosher? Fill out the survey below and tell us all about it!Click here...

Top Ten “CORporate Kosher” Tips

Staying on top of your kosher data program is an art. Thankfully, COR’s computer database program -- CORporate Kosher -- makes keeping your company kosher straightforward. Below are the top ten tips to...

PregVit® and PregVit folic 5® Prenatal Multivitamins: Fully Compliant with Passover Requirements

Duchesnay, the first Canadian company to have been granted Kosher certification from the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) for its prenatal multivitamins PregVit® and PregVit folic 5®, has just received confirmation that the two products...

The Technology Behind a COR Potato Chip

As described by Rabbi Sholom H. Adler, Director of Industrial Kosher Operations   If you are like me, you may occasionally enjoy “noshing” on a bag of potato chips, and as a consumer, satisfying this...

Who's Who at the COR: Joseph Sheinis, Software Developer

Joseph Sheinis was born in Korosten, Ukraine before moving with his family to St. Petersburg when he was five years old. After graduating high school he went to St. Petersburg Technical ...

The World Wide Web of Kosher Certifiers

By Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Operations September 2011 marks the onset of my seventh year working for the community at COR. One of the most remarkable aspects of working for a...

New COR Restaurant: Dr. Laffa

If you are ever in the mood for some authentic Iraqi-Israeli cooking, you no longer have to go to make the transatlantic flight to Israel and visit Jerusalem. Instead, the food has...

Can a Can of Tuna Have Kosher Considerations?

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Operations Canned tuna has been a household staple since the advent of its canning process in the early part of the twentieth century. Mixed with mayonnaise...

Canadian Business Journal Profiles COR

Promoting koshers products in Canada Kashruth specifically refers to the Jewish dietary laws. Conforming...

Howie T’s: A Burger Bar Blessing

Around two years ago, Howie Rosenberg was working for a company that was making cutbacks, and he was laid off. Down on his luck, and not knowing where to turn, Rosenberg asked himself...

COR Certifies Metropolitan Ice Cream and Helps Keep Summers Cool

 By JENNIFER M. MACLEOD What would we do all summer without a steady supply of kosher ice cream? If you’ve ever made it at home, you probably used milk or cream, sugar,...

COR Arranges Tour for Jewish Camp at COR Certified Candy Manufacturer

In a real life adventure straight out of Willy Wonka, COR recently facilitated a visit to Karma Candy Inc., located in Hamilton for a group of Yeshiva Mishkan Hatorah students and their teachers....

PregVit and PregVit Folic 5: COR Kosher and Proud

As the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and the aphorism couldn’t be more well suited to describe the history of Duchesnay and its well-known products PregVit and PregVit Folic...

What Does Dairy Equipment (DE) Mean?

COR certified kosher products receive a certain designation and fit into five general categories: D – For dairy M – For meat Pareve – For “neutral,” i.e. food that is neither meat nor dairy P...

Does It Really Need to be Kosher Certified?

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Operations, COR Keeping kosher has never been easier for kosher shoppers. Statistics show that kosher certified products now represent a whopping 1/3rd of all products for sale at...

COR Posts its Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Manual

By popular demand, COR has posted its fruit and vegetable checking manual for mashgichim as a resource for kosher consumers. It can be downloaded by clicking the following link:...

Kashering Liver

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Operations   “But Rabbi,” cried Mrs. Eisikovich on the other end of the phone, “the label says that it is kosher and under the COR!” “How can...

iCOR: COR Rabbinic Inspectors Go Digital

The kosher dietary laws are thousands of years old. But that doesn’t mean COR (the Kashruth Council of Canada) is behind the times because COR’s industrial Rabbinic Inspectors have recently gone digital....

Bug Off: COR in the Community Presents at Eitz Chaim in Toronto

How could something so small be that bad for you? That was one of the questions addressed at COR’s recent bug checking seminar given to the Eitz Chaim girl’s school in Toronto....

COR a Featured Presenter at SIAL -- Canada’s Largest Food Show

For COR, the Kashruth Council of Canada, kosher isn’t only about food. It’s also about education. And nowhere was this more apparent than at the recent SIAL Canada food show. SIAL Canada...

Perspectives on Starbucks

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher   The recent brouhaha surrounding the kosher status of some Starbucks products[1] has brought a fundamental issue into the spotlight. The kosher certification industry has jumped leaps...

Are Slurpees Kosher?

Kosher consumers seeking relief from the heat migrate to their local 7-Elevens, gas stations and other variety stores for ice-cold and refreshing Slurpees. With a Slurpee in one hand and a cell phone...

COR and GFTC Form Exclusive Partnership

Two leading Canadian organizations in the food and beverage industry have formed an alliance to better service food manufacturers and end consumers. COR (Kashruth Council of Canada) – Canada’s largest kosher certification agency,...

Perspectives Interview with COR's CEO Rabbi Tuvia Basser

Perspectives: Rabbi Basser. You have been acting as the CEO of the COR for a few months now. How has it been going? What have been some of your biggest challenges thus...

COR Holds "Mashgiach Appreciation Night"

People who keep kosher spend a considerable amount of time ensuring that the food they consume is kosher. But we do not spend much time thinking about how something became kosher, or...

What to do About Prohibited Chometz after Passover

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher   The prohibition of eating chometz, leavened products, on Passover is unique in its transitory status. For 346 days of the Hebrew calendar, we are permitted...

A Guided Tour of the New COR Website

Welcome to the new COR website. We hope you find it a useful resource. Since many of our users have not yet seen the new COR website we thought a “guided tour”...

Infestation In Sardines: A Case Study

As we at COR have written here, there have been several reports recently of consumers finding worm infestation in their sardines. Sardines from Morocco, Philippines and Thailand and all skinless and boneless sardines are...

Rabbi Tuvia Basser Appointed CEO

COR -- the Kashruth Council of Canada, Canada’s largest kosher certification agency, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rabbi Tuvia Basser as its new Chief Executive Officer. Rabbi Basser has had...

The Working Mashgiach

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Monitoring the kosher program in a catering or restaurant environment is...

Is Sushi Kosher?

By COR Rabbinic StaffWhat would Bubby say to a new type of gefilte fish? L’kovod shabbos, of course! This one will have a dark green wrapper filled with rice and your choice...

The Kosher Professional

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Keeping kosher has never been as easy as it is today. Just take a stroll down the “kosher aisles” of the local COR certified supermarkets...

Bagels for Pesach

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Walking through the kosher l’Pesach aisles of COR certified supermarkets before Pesach, with their array of available products, is a dizzying...

Meat & Milk Questions for Shavuot

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Cheesecakes, blintzes and cheese lasagnas, with their irresistibly delicious taste, are some...

Herbal Remedies

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher OperationsOne might assume that naturally unadulterated produce such as fresh herbs would inherently pose no kashrus concern.  Unfortunately, this is not the case. Fresh...

Kosher Certification in Alberta

COR provides kosher certification in the province of Alberta, a leader in Canadian food processing and agriculture and has one of the strongest economies in Canada. Alberta’s food and beverage processing industries represent the...

Kosher Certification in Saskatchewan

COR provides kosher certification in Saskatchewan, a province that generates approximately $50 to $60 million of annual export sales from processing ingredients and products for the natural health and functional food sector.  Saskatchewan food processors...

Kosher Certification in New Brunswick

COR provides kosher certification to companies in New Brunswick, a province with a rich agriculture and agri-food sector. The industry is flourishing with over 3,000 farms and 100 food processing plants. This sector is...

Kosher Certification in Guelph

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Guelph. Agri-food represents a $63 billion value chain in Ontario. The Agri-food and Innovation Cluster in Guelph-Wellington represents a system of market and non-market links between companies and institutions...

Kosher Certification in Calgary

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Calgary, a city with a booming economy that has seen ample growth over the past several years. Agriculture has always been a key component of the...

Kosher Certification in Prince Edward Island

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Prince Edward Island. Prince Edward Island’s agriculture remains the dominant industry in the provincial economy. The province is known worldwide for potato industry and several of...

Kosher Certification in Newfoundland

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Newfoundland. The fishing industry remains an important part of the provincial economy, employing roughly 20,000 and contributing over $440 million to the GDP. Dairy production is also another huge...

Kosher Certification in Hamilton

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Hamilton. The food and beverage processing sector in Hamilton is Ontario and Canada’s third largest manufacturing sector. Hamilton’s food industry activities include food and beverage processing, warehousing and distribution,...

Kosher Certification in Nova Scotia

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Nova Scotia. The Agri-Food Processing sector is a significant contributor to the province’s economy. Annual farm-gate and agri-food processing sales contribute over 1 billion to the economy...

Kosher Certification in Kelowna

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Kelowna, British Colombia. Located in the Okanagan Valley, this city is known for its sprawling vineyards and tourist attractions. Kelowna is home to several food processing facilities,...

Kosher Certification in Edmonton

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Edmonton. Edmonton’s economy is one of the most diverse in Canada; in fact it has been ranked one of the top 5 cities in North America for investment...

Kosher Certification in Regina

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Regina, the cultural and commercial centre of southern Saskatchewan. The farm and agricultural component is a significant part of Regina’s economy. COR provides kosher certification to several...

Kosher Certification in Winnipeg

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital city located on the eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies Winnipeg has a diverse economy; The CIBC Metropolitan Economic Activity Index has rated Winnipeg's economy...

Kosher Certification in St. John’s

COR provides kosher certification to companies in St. John’s, the capital and largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador and the oldest English-founded city in North America. The economy has been growing quickly in recent years and...

Kosher Certification in Saint John

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Saint John, the largest city in the province of New Brunswick, and the second largest in the maritime provinces after Halifax. Saint John has a diverse...

Kosher Certification in Charlottetown

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Charlottetown, a flourishing community of around 34,562 people located on the south shore of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown is the capital city of Prince...

Kosher Certification in Fredericton

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick, Canada. Fredericton boasts a rich cultural and historical background. With a metro population of 94,268, Fredericton is situated in the...

Kosher Certification in Taiwan

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Taiwan. Taiwan’s total trade in 2010 reached an all-time high of US 526.04 billion, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Finance. Both exports and imports for the year 2010...

Kosher Certification in Moncton

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Moncton. Moncton has a heritage of being a commercial, distribution, transportation and retailing centre. This is due to Moncton's central location in the Maritimes: it has the...

Kosher Certification in Halifax

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Halifax, the largest maritime city, recently ranked by MoneySense magazine as the fourth best place to live in Canada for the year of 2012. Agriculture and fishing...

Kosher Certification in Saskatoon

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Saskatoon. Saskatoon's nickname, "Hub City", refers its ideal central location for distribution and logistics. The economy of Saskatoon is strongly connected to agriculture (specifically wheat). COR certifies several of Saskatoon's...

Kosher Certification in Windsor

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Windsor, the southernmost city in Canada, located in southwest Ontario. Windsor borders with major US city Detroit and is home to several large corporate headquarters. COR...

Kosher Certification in Manitoba

COR provides kosher certification to companies in Manitoba and certifies several of Manitoba’s largest food processors. COR is the kosher certification trademark used by the Kashruth Council of Canada, the largest kosher certification agency in...

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