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Establishments with a Sukka for 5780

October 11, 2019

Establishments with a Sukka for 5780

The following establishments plan to have a Sukka for the year 5780 (2019).  We do not have the opportunity to inspect each Sukka before the Chag:

Hillel – University of Pennsylvania

Hillel – Temple University

House of Kosher

Mikva Israel

Sholom Pizzeria

 

Keystone-K – Nana’s Kitchen at the JCC – Great News!

August 27, 2019

Keystone-K – Nana’s Kitchen at the JCC – Great News!

 

IY”H beginning  September 2, 2019 Nana’s Kitchen at the JCC (Haverford Road and City Avenue, Wynnewood, PA) will be both Pas Yisroel and Cholov Yisroel.  The ovens and utensils will meet Cholov Yisroel requirements as well.

 

Nana’s will be closed on Sunday, September 1, to kasher from standard kosher to Cholov Yisroel.

 

Nana’s Kitchen catering will also be Cholov Yisroel/Pas Yisroel.

 

The hours of operation will be:

Sunday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Pick Your Own” and other alerts

August 16, 2019

Keystone-K appreciates that our sister agencies generously share their knowledge base.  The following are a number of alerts that may be of interest to you:

It is recommended that corn on the cob should be unhusked and washed well before cooking, microwaving, or grilling.

Pick your own and organic blueberries have a higher rate of infestation than regular store-bought blueberries.  These blueberries should be washed very well with dish detergent, rinsed with a powerful spray, and then rinsed and inspected for signs of worms etc.  We also recommend checking the last rinse water with a thripe cloth.  This procedure should be used for all strawberries – even regular store bought strawberries.  Regular store-bought blueberries that show no signs of infestation just need an ordinary washing and then they can be eaten.  Thripe cloths can be purchased from Rabbi Eisemann, and may be reused numerous times.

When you pick your own fruit, it must be ascertained that fruit trees have reached their fifth year (since planting/transplanting) because of the laws of “orla” and revai”.  No benefit may be derived from “orla” and “revai”.  Please see our archived article for a more in-depth explanation on this topic – including the difference in halocha between fruit grown in Israel and other localities.

Joy Cone products that appear to be Parve, but bear the Star-D symbol (Baltimore) were produced on Dairy non-Cholov Yisroel equipment.

The Star-K has sent an alert that the Letter of Certification from Zhejiang Zhonga Technical from China is a forgery.

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Establishments with a Sukka for 5780

October 11, 2019

Establishments with a Sukka for 5780

The following establishments plan to have a Sukka for the year 5780 (2019).  We do not have the opportunity to inspect each Sukka before the Chag:

Hillel – University of Pennsylvania

Hillel – Temple University

House of Kosher

Mikva Israel

Sholom Pizzeria

 

Keystone-K – Nana’s Kitchen at the JCC – Great News!

August 27, 2019

Keystone-K – Nana’s Kitchen at the JCC – Great News!

 

IY”H beginning  September 2, 2019 Nana’s Kitchen at the JCC (Haverford Road and City Avenue, Wynnewood, PA) will be both Pas Yisroel and Cholov Yisroel.  The ovens and utensils will meet Cholov Yisroel requirements as well.

 

Nana’s will be closed on Sunday, September 1, to kasher from standard kosher to Cholov Yisroel.

 

Nana’s Kitchen catering will also be Cholov Yisroel/Pas Yisroel.

 

The hours of operation will be:

Sunday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5778 – 2018 – Stores from which Chometz may be purchased after Pesach:

May 1, 2019

Updated 5/2/2019 based on the latest information shared by the major kashrus agencies.  Please visit this site to check for updates.

Where Chometz May be Purchased after Pesach

Please use our web-site to keep up to date.

We have received queries about Target.  The status of Target has been changed to problematic.

Stores from which Chometz may be purchased after Pesach:

Wine and liquor stores in Pennsylvania are owned by the state.  Therefore, “chometz” drinks which have no Kashrus or other concerns may be purchased at Pennsylvania State Stores immediately after Pesach.  Retail outlets that sell wine and beer and beer stores are not “State Stores”.  Bourbon from the Sazerac Distillery is questionable because of distillation and aging under Jewish ownership.  You can go onto the Sazerac website to see which brands of Bourbon they produce.

Chometz may be purchased at any Keystone-K establishment.

Supermarkets and national chains are not considered Keystone-K establishments, but follow the following guidelines:

Chometz may be purchased after Pesach at KFM (Kosher Foods and More), House of Kosher (HOK), ShopRite Roosevelt Blvd. and the following national chains :  A & L (supplier), Albertson’s, Aldi, Big Lots, BJs, CVS,  Costco, Dollar Tree, Food4Less, Food Lion, K-Mart, Petco, Petsmart, Restaurant Depot, Rite-Aid, Royal Farms, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Shopper’s Food Warehouse, Save a Lot, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Wegman’s,  and Whole Foods.

In addition to this the following stores in the Greater Philadelphia area are OK: All Giants of the Ahold Group (this includes all Philadelphia area Giants – suburbs included), Wawa, The Fresh Grocer on Walnut and 40th Streets, and ShopRite Roosevelt Blvd.  This does not apply to Giants in other areas of the country which are under different ownership.

Acme Markets now have significant Jewish ownership.  The OU took care of selling the “chometz” for all Acme Markets.  Therefore, one can shop at all Acme Markets immediately after Pesach.

Quick turnover items (like bread, cake, and bagels) may be purchased at any major store two weeks after Pesach.  Slower turnover items (like hard pretzels and pasta) may be purchased four weeks after Pesach.

Food items which may contain kitniyos or an insignificant amount of Chometz may be purchased at any store after Pesach.

Kosher for Pesach 2019 – Tequila

April 18, 2019

KA Kosher of Mexico KFP Tequila List The following are Kosher for Passover under KA-Kosher (Rav Hamachshir Rav Chaim Cohn shlit”a) no symbol required

 Please note : Roca Patron Anejo is not approved as it is aged in Bourbon casks

Herradura

Herradura Gran Imperio Reposado

Antiguo Herradura Añejo

Antiguo Herradura Blanco/Silver

Antiguo Herradura Reposado

Hacienda l Cristero

Herradura Añejo

Herradura Blanco/Silver

Herradura Gran Imperio Reposado Herradura Plata Blanco/Silver Herradura Reposado

Herradura Selección Suprema Extra Añejo

 

Patron

Gran Patron Platinum

Roca Patron (Roca Patron Anejo is not approved as it is aged in Bourbon casks)

Gran Patron Smoky

Gran Patron Platinum

Patron Silver

 

El Jimador

El Jimador Añejo

El Jimador Blanco/Silver

El Jimador Reposado

 

Don Eduardo

Don Eduardo Añejo

Don Eduardo Blanco

Don Eduardo Reposado

 

 

KFP Sotol (Mezcal)  List

 

Hacienda Chihuahua

Hacienda Chihuahua Rustico

Hacienda Chihuahua Platinum Hacienda Chihuahua Silver O Plata Hacienda Chihuahua Añejo

Hacienda Chihuahua Añejo Oro Puro

Hacienda Chihuahua H5

Fiesta Chihuahua

 

Assorted Brands

Hacienda Xalpa Blanco/Silver

Los Pilones Blanco/Silver

Dos Lunas Blanco/Silver

Blue  Don Cesár García Blanco/Silver Oro Viejo Blanco/Silver

Río  Plata Blanco/Silver

Tierra Viva Blanco/Silver

Reserva l Señor Blanco/Silver

Don Diego Santa Blanco/Silver Herencia  Plata Blanco/Silver Blanco EG El General Blanco/Silver

Embajador Jaliscience Blanco/Silver

Blanco Embajador Blanco/Silver Blanco Viejos Amigos Blanco/Silver

Keystone-K Kosher for Passover Establishments

April 1, 2019

Kosher for Pesach Food Available at Local Establishments

The contact information for each establishment can be found under “ESTABLISHMENTS”

The following is a list of establishments under Keystone-K supervision that offer Kosher for Pesach items as described.  Unless clearly stated, our supervision is Kosher for Pesach for both Ashkenazim and Sefardim.

Savvati Caterers is planning to offer a Pesach menu for sale and also “sit down”.  Please watch for details.

Chef Daniel Israel will be offering a non-Gebrachts Pesach menu.

Mikveh Israel is planning to offer a Keystone-K Pesach menu.  All Matza and most other items will be Kosher for Pesach according to both Sefardi and Ashkenazi traditions.  All items that contain Kitniyot (legumes) will be clearly marked “Kitniyot/Sefardi”.  Unless marked Keystone-K Sefardi, all foods will be prepared on non-kitniyot utensils and will be appropriate for use according to both the Sefardi and Ashkenazi traditions.

The universities (Penn, Temple, and Drexel) will offer a Pesach menu under Keystone-K supervision.  Only properly packaged and sealed items are supervised at Drexel.  Once the seals are broken the food is no longer supervised by the Keystone-K.  This applies both during Pesach as well as the rest of the year.

Kosher Crops will produce pre-checked vegetables for Pesach.

Palace Royale will be open for limited business.  They will also provide Kosher for Pesach government program meals.

House of Kosher, Giant Wynnewood & Rockledge (Abington), and Shoprite Roosevelt Blvd. carry many Kosher for Passover items.

We will IY”H keep you informed if additional Keystone-K establishments join the Pesach list.

Pesach Information – (Shopping with your Eyes Wide Open)

1-  Many stores carry products with kitniyos (“legumes”) or egg matzah.  Please check ingredients and follow your custom.  These items are a great convenience for the days before Pesach, as you can give them to your children to eat and you don’t have to worry about them leaving the crumbs around the house.  Even those people who do not eat kitniyos / egg matza on Pesach do not need to sell these products before Pesach.

2- It is advisable to double check that items which you find in the Passover section are actually kosher for Pesach.  Sometimes clerks or customers return similar looking items to the wrong shelf.  This is the issue that has the greatest potential for causing serious Pesach halocha concerns.

3- Check the certification even on familiar products.  Many products are certified by a different agency for Pesach than during the rest of the year.  Many product from Eretz Yisroel carry two or more supervisions.  Check that there isn’t a disclaimer (in Hebrew) stating that the supervision you rely upon is not valid for Pesach.

4- Many Products are sold in the same packaging as they are the rest of the year.  The only difference is the Passover symbol.  Check symbols carefully.

5- Some companies change ingredients just for Pesach, such as leaving out the peas from a soup mix for Pesach – without changing the ingredient listing.   I believe that this is irresponsible and causes much confusion.  If you are concerned about this I suggest that you speak to the supervising agency.

6- Many general supermarkets all over the USA sell “Passover Shank-bones” for the Seder plate.  Store owners and managers are not necessarily aware of or concerned about Kashrus issues.  Unless the shank-bone is sealed and marked by an agency you trust, or unless it is given to you directly by a Mashgiach or his representative you should assume that it is not kosher.

7- Many Passover-style products are offered for sale.  Even if a product is a traditional Pesach food (such as macaroons) check that it is certified for Passover use.

8- Please express your thanks to store owners, managers, and Mashgichim.  They have been working hard (and under much tension) to supply the community with Pesach food since Chanuka!

 

Keystone-K – Updated Romaine Lettuce Health Alert & Raw Vegetables

November 27, 2018

 

Kislev 19, 5779

November 27, 2018

 

The CDC has updated its alert regarding Romaine lettuce.  You may find further information at the following link: https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/1630915/us-officials-its-ok-to-eat-some-romaine-lettuce-again.html

 

While I cannot accept legal responsibility for the following information, I am sharing it for those people who may find it helpful.

 

Pos’Tiv and Kosher Gardens Romaine lettuce are grown on dedicated fields and in a controlled environment.  The current outbreak should not affect them.

 

Bodek has been laboratory tested and was found not to be contaminated.

 

Dark green leafy vegetables have many health benefits.  Simply “staying away from vegetables” may be an unhealthy choice.  As many healthy vegetables are “at risk” for contamination, I recommend that the same procedures recommended for insect removal be used for safety as well.   I feel that it is wise to use the following procedures even for raw produce that does not require checking according to halocha.  I suggest following these procedures even when there are no active health alerts.  For halocha reasons we recommend soaking broccoli and cauliflower in a warm solution of FIT or liquid detergent for twenty minutes prior to rinsing vigorously and very thoroughly.  The last rinse water must be checked with a thrip cloth.

 

Use FIT (available at Amazon or FITWASH.COM) or Regal vegi-wash (available at Webstaurantstore.com).  Use at least 3X the recommended amount and vigorously swish the produce in the solution for at least 1 minute.  (Some people use 2 Tablespoons of liquid dish-washer soap (such as DAWN) per gallon of water because it is much less expensive than FIT and REGAL.  I prefer FIT or Regal for health reasons.)  Rinse very well.  Check the last rinse water for infestation with a thrip cloth.   I have large thrip cloths available for sale at $10 each.  I also have a limited amount of vegi-wash available for sale.

 

(Contaminated produce should not be used even when carefully cleaned.)

V-Coffee on Shabbos

November 14, 2018

V-Coffee on Shabbos

A new way of manufacturing instant coffee is becoming popular.  Coffee produced in this manner is touted as tasting better and being healthier.  The process for producing “V-Coffee” does not involve any pre-cooking  of all the coffee powder, but rather, air-roasting and grinding a portion of the powder.   It is roasted by a process similar to making air popped popcorn.  Due to the fact that a portion of this coffee is not pre-cooked, using it on Shabbos poses a halachic question, as there is a question if re-cooking an item that was baked or roasted is permissible in a “kli-sheni” (second vessel).  As always, everyone should follow the guidance of their own rabbi.  My recommendation is to use “irui kli-sheni”  (pouring from a second vessel).   This is the procedure: pour from the kettle into a cup, put the V-coffee into a dry cup, then pour the hot water into the second cup.

Sukkas Available / And a List of All Keystone-K Establishments

September 21, 2018

The following is the list of all the establishments under Keystone-K / Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia supervision.  If you hear of any establishments that are not on this list claiming to be under our supervision, please notify us.

 

We note establishments that report having a sukka.  As many establishments put up Sukkas shortly before Yom Tov we are unable to certify them.  We will IY”H update information on our website as it becomes available.

 

 

All Star – Homestyle Catering

8201 Castor Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19152

267-984-7069

 

Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of Jewish Family and Children Services

349 Montgomery Ave

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

Barrack Hebrew Academy Kitchen

272 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

610-922-2300

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

 

Best Cake Kosher Bakery

7594 Haverford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19151

215-878-1127

 

 

CBS Gourmet Catering

198 Tomlinson Road

Philadelphia, PA 19116

215- 671-1981

 

 

Center City Soft Pretzel Co.

816 Washington Ave.

Philadelphia, PA

215-463-5664

 

Chilly Philly Ice Cream

7035 Greene St.

Philadelphia, PA 19119

215-510-1750

 

 

Chuckie’s Kosher Adventure Tours

107 Llanfair Rd.

Bala Cynwyd. PA 19004

610-613-4032

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFH Management Company (Ann Hirsch)

40 Old Lancaster Road

Merion, PA 19066

267-918-0288

 

 

Drexel University Kosher Café at the Perelman Center

118 34th St.

Philadelphia, PA

267-382-7647

 

 

Espresso Cafe & Sushi Bar

7814 Castor Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19152

215-745-0130

SUKKA AVAILABLE AT NEARBY CHABAD – CASTOR AVE.

 

 

 

GIANT Huntingdon Valley

737 Huntingdon Pike

Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

(215) 379-6900

 

 

 

GIANT Wynnewood

50 E. Wynnewood Road

Wynnewood, PA 19096

(610) 642-5206

 

 

H & E Cohen Catering (at Approved Facilities)

Philadelphia, PA

917-651-7625

 

 

Hava NaGrilla – BBQ Event Supervision

1001 Remington Rd.

Wynnewood, PA 19096

 

 

 

Homemade Goodies by Roz

510 South 5th Street (between Lombard and South)

Philadelphia, PA

215-592-9616

 

 

House of Kosher

9806 Bustleton Ave.,

Philadelphia, PA 19115

(215) 677-8100

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

Jake’s Kosher Smoked Meats

7588 Haverford Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19151

 

 

JCFS Catering Kitchen (AISH)

349 Montgomery Ave.

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

 

 

Kosher Catering Philadelphia, LLC – Chef Daniel Israel

7588 Haverford Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19151

267-475-0078

 

 

Kosher Crops

200 Haverford Road

Wynnewood, PA 19096

267-438-9397

 

 

Kosher Dining at the University of Pennsylvania

Steinhardt Hall

39th Street between Walnut and Locust Streets

215-573-7596

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

 

Kosher Foods and More

2840 Pine Road, Unit C.

Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

267-722-8530

 

 

 

Kosher in Philly Catering – At Congregation Mikveh Israel

44 North 4th St.,

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-922-6183

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

 

Mama’s Vegetarian

18 S. 20th Street

Philadelphia, PA

215-751-0477

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

Moore Bakery / I Want Moore

220 Krams Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19127

610-550-6260

 

 

 

Nana’s Kitchen & Catering at the JCC

45 Haverford Road

Wynnewood, PA 19096

703-586-3103

SUKKA AT CHABAD OF PENN WYNNE

 

 

 

New York Bagel

Please verify that you are at the Kosher bagel shop.

There are stores with similar names in the city that are not Kosher.

The Kosher store is at the corner of City and Haverford Avenues.

A Kosher certificate is on display.

7555 Haverford Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19151

215-840-6010

 

Palace Royale

9859 Bustleton Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19115

215-677-3323

 

 

 

Pepsi Bottling Group

Roosevelt Blvd. & Comley

Philadelphia, PA 19102

215-961-4000

 

 

 

Performance Food Centers

59 Airport Road

Pottstown, PA 19464

888.732.9151

 

 

 

 

Philly’s Kosher Deli – at Penn Chabad

4032-34 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

267-422-2799

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

 

R&R Produce and Fish

7551 Haverford Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19151

215-878-6264

 

 

 

Rita’s Water Ice – Grant Ave.

1709 Grant Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19111

215-673-9490

 

 

Rita’s Water Ice – Roosevelt Mall

2327 Cottman Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19111

215-332-4404

 

 

 

Rita’s Water Ice – Yorktown Plaza Elkins Park

110 Yorktown Plaza

Elkins Park, PA

215-886-7482

 

Rollings, The Bakery

8 Montgomery Ave.

Elkins Park, PA 19027

215-635-5524

 

 

 

 

Shalom Pizzeria

7598 Haverford Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19151

215-878-1500

SUKKA AVAILABLE

 

 

Shevy’s Babka Paradise

MAIN SALES SITE

2000 Spring Garden St. 1F

Philadelphia, PA

BAKERY SITE

4032-34 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

267-422-2799

 

 

ShopRite – Kosher on the Boulevard

11000 Roosevelt Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19116

215-673-1200

 

 

Star of David

942 Montgomery Avenue

Penn Valley, PA 19027

484-278-4129

SUKKA AT CHABAD ON MONTGOMERY AVE.

 

 

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY: Zaydee’s Café at Temple U

1441 Norris Street

Philadelphia, PA 19121

215-777-9797

SUKKA ON ROOF

 

 

The Kosher Grill – Wells Fargo Center

The Kosher Grill

Wells Fargo Center

3601 S. Broad St,

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(773) 897-9904

 

 

 

The Sweet Trading Co

733B Montgomery Ave

Narberth, PA 19072

267-935-9294

 

 

Wricley Nut Products

480 Pattison Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19148

215-467-1106

 

Z CANDYBAR

306 Levering Mill Road

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

610-668-1480

 

 

 

Zev Seidman’s Catering

7306 Brookhaven Rd.

Philadelphia, PA 19151

215-477-0864 or 610-649-5611

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orla ערלה – The first Three Years

January 1, 2018

The fruit of a tree or fruit bush may not be eaten during the first three years of its growth.  Not only is it prohibited to eat the fruit but no benefit whatsoever may be derived from the fruit.  This halocha applies both in Eretz Yisroel and in חו”ל (outside of Eretz Yisroel).  There is one major difference between Eretz Yisroel and  חו”ל (outside of Eretz Yisroel) – in Eretz Yisroel we must determine that the fruit is not “Orla” before eating it, while in  חו”ל (outside of Eretz Yisroel) we may go after the majority of fruit which grew after the first three years.  If you pick your own fruit you must ascertain that the tree has been growing for at least three years even outside of Eretz Yisroel.

If a tree is replanted without a ball of earth around the roots (bare roots) the three years must be counted over again.  This is how most commercial orchards plant trees.  A nursery plants the saplings and when they reach the desired size they are chilled so that they go into dormancy.  The young tree is shipped bare rooted as it is much less expensive to ship it without a ball of earth around the roots.  This means that in most cases the three years need to be counted from the replanting, not the original planting.

The produce of the fourth year is called “revai”.  It is sanctified and must be eaten in Yerushalyim.  It is possible to transfer the sanctity onto coins, as is done with מעשר שני (The Second Tithe).  May Moshiach come soon and may we fulfill all of the מצוות (precepts) attached to the Land of Israel, thereby meriting the Land’s Blessings in full.

 

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