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March 20, 2019

Please be advised that local wine outlets are selling wines produced in Israel of 2015 vintage. 2015 was a Shemittah year and anyone that has already purchased it must treat the wine with the specific laws of kedushas sheviis. These wines will have the words “otzar beis din” (in Hebrew) on the label.


March 19, 2019

The website under the headline Vegan Fast Food Chain ‘EARTH BURGER’ Goes Kosher in San Antonio, TX states that “Earth Burger is located at 2501 Nacogdoches Road in San Antonio, Texas and is kosher certified by the CRC”. Please note that while the cRc certifies the Earth Burger at the Mall of America in MN it does not certify the San Antonio location.


March 18, 2019

Due to reports of that non-kosher crustaceans are occasionally being mixed into plain nori sheets, as well as shared oven lines with non-kosher product, the cRc recommends only buying Nori with a reliable kosher symbol. As the nori sheets will have a reliable symbol there is no longer a need to check each sheet against the light for insects.


October 29, 2018

Please note that  (a) Concord Grape Juice Concentrate and (b) White Grape Juice Concentrate distributed by Coloma Frozen Foods, Inc, Coloma Michigan  bear an unauthorized cRc symbol on the label.  The items are not certified kosher.

Corrective action is being taken.


September 20, 2018


The following cRc restaurants have arranged to have a sukkah up for Chol HaMoed Sukkos.

It would be advisable for the consumer  to confirm with the restaurant prior to making the trip.


EJ’s Pizzeria

9149 N. Gross Point Skokie, IL 60076

(224) 534-7215

Emma’s Bagel Café

9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077

(847) 673-3030

Evita Argentinian Steakhouse

6112 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60659

(773) 463-8482

Great Chicago

3149 W Devon, Chicago, IL  60659

(773) 465-9030

Main Pizza/ Chalavi

2931 West Touhy, Chicago, IL    60645


Milts BBQ For The Perplexed

3411 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 661-6384


215 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, IL 60035


Prime Deli & Restaurant (Minneapolis, MN)

4224 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55416

(952) 303-5813

Sandwich Club

4507 W. Oakton Skokie, IL 60076  

(847) 677-6020


7016 Carpenter Road, Skokie, IL  60077

(847) 677-3463

Slice of Life/ Hy Life Bistro

4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076  

(847) 674-2021


8808 N. Gross Point Rd Skokie, IL 60077

(847) 965-1818


September 12, 2018

Effective immediately, all products manufactured by Conca D’Oro - Ciro (Woodside, NY), are no longer being certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.  This includes product bearing the cRc logo


September 7, 2018

Effective immediately, all products manufactured by All Puree LLC (Middlehope, NY), are no longer being certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.  This includes product bearing the cRc logo


September 4, 2018

In previous years, the cRc has recommended certain readily available fencing material (commonly sold in Home Depot) to be used for schach  and provided detailed instructions on how to place them on the sukkah.   However, based on feedback from consumers on the sturdiness of those materials and how they were being used, we have determined that there is a reasonable chance that some people will end up not having kosher schach (since the fencing material could become invalidated if a few of the reeds break) unless they place multiple layers of fencing on top of their sukkah.
Accordingly, we are no longer issuing specific recommendations of fencing material. Instead we suggest that if you choose to use these fencing mats that you add additional schach (e.g. added layers of these mats, bamboo poles, evergreen or other tree branches) to ensure the fulfillment of the halachic requirement of "more shade than sunlight."  Also, any fencing mats should be placed perpendicular to the schach support beams in order to avoid ma’amid issues, as we have explained in previous years. 


March 26, 2018

Please be advised that effective immediately, Traverse City Whiskey Co., Traverse City, MI, is no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. This includes all Traverse City Whiskey Co. products. Only products purchased before March 26, 2018, are certified kosher when bearing a cRc logo.


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The cRc is proud to announce that we are now certifying Matzah Hamehuderet hand matzos that are baked at the highest kashrus standards. For more information on where one can order these very affordable mehadrin hand matzos please email


Effective January 1, 2018, the cRc no longer certifies any products produced by Altman or Ta’am Teva. Altman is a producer of various vitamins and nutritional supplements.


January 2, 2018

Due to high amounts of insect infestation found under the triangular side leaves on the asparagus, the cRc now recommends in addition to cutting off the tops of green asparagus, one should either peel the entire sides of the asparagus or remove all the triangular side leaves and wash well.

Please be advised that, effective immediately, Yahara Bay Distillers, Madison, WI, is no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. This includes all Yahara Bay products, as well as Rokker Vodka. Products currently bearing the cRc logo are kosher-certified.

The cRc wants to inform all those that rely on the cRc list of recommended kosher agencies ( to keep in mind that many times the recommendations do not extend to Pesach Hotels. Each hotel and its hashgacha should be independently reviewed annually despite any previous approvals.   

Please be aware that Amplify Foods makes Skinny Pop Aged Cheddar popcornwith a cRc Dairy logo and Skinny Pop White Cheddar Flavored popcorn with a cRc Pareve logo. One should always check the labels carefully before purchasing these products.

Most Pretzilla brand products (for example the buns, balls, wreaths, soft pretzels, etc.) are certified as cRc kosher, and can be identified by the fact that they bear the cRc logo. There are some other products (for example the twists), that are not certified as cRc kosher and therefore correctly do not bear the cRc logo. All cRc Pretzilla products that carry the cRc logo are Pas Yisroel.

We are happy to report that, in consultation with cRc, Classic Kitchen has redesigned their pump pots and urns so that all opinions will agree that cold water can be added on Yom Tov, when the device is in Shabbos/Yom Tov mode.  The upgraded models can be identified by checking the “copyright date”; the upgraded models are copyright in 2016, while the older models will show an earlier year.


May 19, 2017

Effective immediately, due to recent revelations regarding the knife sharpening process, the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) no longer recommends using the Cutco Kitchen store at 3207 W. Lake Avenue, Wilmette, IL to sharpen kosher knives. Consumers are reminded that knives should only be sent for sharpening to stores which do not pose a kashrus concern. The two main concerns are that the sharpening companies might wash your kosher knife with other non‐kosher knives, and that they might switch your knife for an identical non‐kosher one. [See for details.]  



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Please call our office for information on any kosher symbols in question.

For clarification on why some symbols are recommended and others are not, you may read
the article on our website titled Understanding the Reliability of Kosher Agencies.  Following is
a link to a list of some recommended symbols Directory of Reliable Kashrus Agencies and their symbols.

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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