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Standards

The Kashrut Initiative of the New Haven Area Rabbinical Assembly (KINAHARA™) seeks to establish and publicize common standards for area Conservative-Masorti institutions. Sharing standards reduces complexity and simplifies supervision. Publishing common standards helps educates our households on current kashrut issues and enables guests to know what they can expect at functions in our institutions.

These standards are not meant as a complete description of all the laws of kashrut. Rather, they are meant to answer frequently asked questions or clarify issues of concern.

  • יין ומיץ ענבין Wine & Grape Juice
    All wine and grape juice served must be produced under acceptable rabbinic supervision. All wines served are mevushal unless otherwise indicated at the time and place of service.
  • גבינה Cheese
    All cheese served must be produced under acceptable rabbinic supervision. Cheese is not necessarily halav Yisrael unless indicated at the time and place of service.
  • פרות מיבשות Dried Fruit
    Dried fruit produced under rabbinic supervision is always preferred. All dried fruit needs a hekhsher (symbol of rabbinic supervision) except for North American whole dried apricots, dates, figs, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, and raisins. These exceptions do not apply during Pesah.

The above Standards are followed by these institutions:

The following set of symbols are used to indicate the status of supervised items.

New Haven Area Rabbinical Assembly

Rabbi Murray Levine, Chairperson
Rabbi Eric Silver, Treasurer
Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen, Corresponding Secretary

To contact KINAHARA, please email or call Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen at jjtilsen@beki.org or 203.389.2108 x10.