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Last Update: 10/8/14


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October 6, 2014

The following cRc restaurants have arranged to have a sukkah avaialble for their customers during Chol HaMoed. The list will be updated as we receive additional information.

It would be advisable for the consumer to confirm with the restaurant prior to making the trip.
Great Chicago, 3149 W Devon, Chicago, IL, (773) 465-9030
Hungarian Kosher, 4020 Oakton, Skokie, IL, (847) 674-8008
Ken's Diner, 3353 Dempster Skokie, IL, (847) 679-4030
Main Pizza/ Chalavi, 2931 West Touhy, Chicago, IL,(773) 338-9640
Milt's BBQ, 3411 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL, (773) 6384
Mizrachi, 215 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, IL, (847) 831-1400
Shallots, 7016 Carpenter Road, Skokie, IL, (847) 677-3463
Taboun Grill, 8808 N. Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL (847) 965-1818


August 6, 2014
The cRc has been informed by Global Kosher that effective immediately, due to kashruth violations, scotch products produced by "The Speyside" are no longer certified as kosher even when bearing the Global Kosher logo.

On a related note, the cRc's kashrus department spends a lot time researching the liquor industry and since we are aware that many consumers rely on the cRc Liquor List for guidance, we have decided to publish a list of recent changes for your convenience. Please click here to download the list.


May 23, 2014
The cRc has verified that the only store in Ben Gurion Airport that does not buy or sell any chometz over Pesach and has properly sold their chometz for 2014 is the James Richardson Store at Gate D7.


Effective May 25th, all Z Best Bakery products certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) will no longer be Pas Yisroel. Their products are also not Yoshon.
Only products certified by the cRc that state on the label that it is Pas Yisroel
should be considered as such.

This includes all baked goods coming from manufacturers such as Today’s Temptations and Biondillo’s which are NOT Pas Yisroel or Yoshon.


The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Shoppe located at 4041 West Dempster Street in Skokie, Illinois, is now fully certified by the cRc.
All dairy products are Cholov Stam.

The only other fully certified ice cream stores presently certified by the cRc are:

Emma’s Bagel Cafe, 9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie

Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Suite B17, Skokie

Dairy Star, 3472 W Devon, Lincolnwood

Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, 3132 Devon, Chicago

During the last several months there have been several new ice cream and frozen yogurt stores opening around Chicago and the country. Some are stand- alone stores while others are located in malls.

Many of these locations profess to sell kosher products under the certification of the cRc or other reliable agencies, and even have signs posted to indicate such. Unfortunately, while they may sell certain products that are kosher certified in their original factory sealed containers, most of the actual stores are not certified kosher. These letters only apply to the un-opened ice cream and yogurt that is listed on the letter of certification, and not necessarily to the store itself. Merely asking the store attendant if an item is kosher is not sufficient, as they may not be aware of specific requirements that may affect the kosher status of an item. One must see the actual product in its original sealed container and be able to ascertain that the product in the container or soft serve machine is the same that you saw in the original factory box and not a “token kosher box”.

In some cases, the scoop must be first washed clean. Any other products purchased, such as cones, toppings, or any other additives must also be inspected to determine if they are kosher. Items such as cakes and novelty items may be coming in from another outside source, so special care must be taken when purchasing any of these items. Since one may not assume that there were no changes made since the last visit, this all must be done each time you go into the store to make a purchase! There are many kashrus issues that can pop-up at non-certified stores. these are just a few of the more common concerns.

As the average person may not be aware of all of the kosher regulations, it is always preferable and recommended to only frequent shops under a reliable kosher supervision. Check with the cRc in the Chicago area, or your local Orthodox Vaad in other areas for the stores under a reliable kosher certification.

The following ice cream shops in the Chicago area are under the certification of the cRc. All items sold at these locations are cRc dairy. In most cases, items are Cholov Stam. Some locations may offer some Cholov Yisroel selections. Several cRc certified restaurants may also offer ice cream in their store.

Only these ice cream stores at the listed addresses are presently certified by the cRc!

Emma's Bagel Cafe, 9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Store, 4041 West Dempster Street in Skokie, Illinois

Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Suite B17, Skokie

Dairy Star, 3472 W Devon, Lincolnwood

Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, 3132 Devon, Chicago


December 30, 2013

It has come to our attention that Ted's on Devon Avenue and other stores in the Chicago area are selling produce from Israel. The latest to arrive from Israel are persimmons (http://twitpic.com/dqkar0) which have a brand name of Galilee but do not always state that they are from Israel.

While it is important to support the Israeli economy by purchasing these products, it is crucial that one take Terumah and Ma'aser. Instructions on the procedure can be found on our website at http://bit.ly/Kfu07T.

December 5, 2013

Effective immediately, due to kashruth violations, salmon caviar sold under the brand name Wild Alaska and distributed by Health Garden Corp. is no longer certified as kosher under the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc).

September 29, 2014

Click here to view the 5775 Preliminary Complete Guide to Yoshon

August 26, 2013

Chocolate Chunks Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips under the Saco brand, Middleton, Wisconsin, mistakenly bears a plain cRc. In fact, this product is dairy (cholov Stam), as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statement.


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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


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