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April 18, 2019

The cRc researched several varieties of lipsticks for Passover. Our list of approved lipsticks can be found here

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April 17, 2019

The cRc is proud to let the community know that Binny’s Beverage Depot (all 40 stores) has sold their chametz and business this year according to all halakhic requirements for such a sale. For all those who generally avoid a mechiras chametz where the business continued to operate business as usual over Pesach (and have to therefore rely on certain Halakhic leniencies) please note that the mechira the cRc conducted with Binny’s was k’das v’kadin. 


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April 16, 2019

The NorthShore University HealthSystem system currently uses disposable gloves which have oat powder added to the inside to help maintain moisture on the hands of the employees who wear gloves many hours a day.  The oat powder is assumed to be chametz and edible, and therefore Jewish healthcare workers should not use these gloves on Pesach, as doing so would be considered to be having hana’ah (benefit/pleasure) from chametz.  It is permitted for Jewish patients to be treated by healthcare workers wearing these gloves on Pesach, and those who want to be extra careful about avoiding chametz should wash their hands afterwards.

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Kirkland brand Almond Flour bearing the KORC is acceptable for Pesach use.

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Tom's of Maine Wholecare Spearmint and Wholecare Peppermint toothpastes bearing the OU are acceptable for Pesach use.

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Pillar Rock canned salmon bearing the OU symbol is acceptable for Pesach use.

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Realemon and Realime Juice are acceptable for Pesach when bearing and OU

March 28, 2019

The cRc is proud to present its 2019 Pesach Guide which can be picked up, free of charge, at many Chicago-area Shuls and supermarkets. It also can be found on the cRc website at   

We cannot possibly include everything into the printed Guide, so we recommend you turn to www.ASKcRc.org  or on our Android or iOS apps for additional, and updated, information.  We hope you avail yourself of those resources, which are available 24/7.  If you cannot find the answer in one of these locations, feel free to call our office at 773-465-3900 during business hours, or send your questions to

We wish everyone a Chag Kosher V’sameach!


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March 25, 2019

Iceberg Lettuce (all forms)

Use the thrip cloth method only (unless it has an acceptable hechsher)
For details on this method, see here.

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Joyva products are certified by the Kof K during the year but they remove their certification for Pesach due to corn starch being used.


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HaRav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Shlit"a
Rosh Beth Din

HaRav Yona Reiss, Shlit"a
Av Beth Din


Rabbi Sholem Fishbane
Kashruth Administrator

Rabbi Levi Mostofsky
Executive Director

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