What We Offer
Oregon Kosher is a full service regional Kosher agency that certifies companies in retail and in the industrial field across the Pacific Northwest and the neighboring states.
Universally, Oregon Kosher is accepted by all kosher certification agencies and is a member of AKO (Association of Kashrut Organizations). The Oregon Kosher symbol can be found on national and global brands and it’s symbol is recognized and trusted by consumers.
Oregon Kosher is a non-profit Corporation founded by leaders of the Oregon Jewish Community in 1997 to serve the kosher needs of consumers and businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Kosher is dedicated to promoting kosher accessibility in Oregon and its neighboring states through supervision, certification, education and research. Oregon Kosher is an approachable, dependable and ethical agency.
We work with many companies in the food industry. Each company has its own unique privacy concerns. Oregon Kosher guarantees that sensitive information is strictly regulated among supervisors and coordinators.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be kosher certified?
Some people have a mistaken belief that certified kosher foods, have been blessed by a rabbi. In reality, kosher certification confirms that a product meets the requirements and constraints of kosher law. By a product bearing the Oregon Kosher symbol, the status that a product is warranted and guaranteed Kosher.
What are the kosher laws?
The laws of kosher date back to the time of Moses, over 3300 years ago. The laws are intricate and extensive, detailing which foods a Jewish person is permitted to eat, and the ways in which the food may be prepared. Although the essential laws have not changed over the past 3000 years, their application to issues presented by current food processing technologies requires an expertise in both kosher law and modern food technology.
What is your fee structure and how much will I pay?
Oregon Kosher is a Not-For-Profit-Agency. We have developed a reputation for being affordable, and yet reliable. Kosher Certification fees are tailor-made for each company, based on their products and the frequancy of visits, needed to be made by a Rabbinic Field Representative. In contrast to Organic or non-GMO certification, OREGON KOSHER fees are never tied to your company’s sales or size.
What is your turn around time?
Oregon Kosher has a fast turn around time and will usually respond within a day.
“McTavish Shortbread has worked with Oregon Kosher since 2012. They made the transition to become Kosher smooth and easy to understand. I have had the pleasure of working with Oregon Kosher from the beginning of my time at McTavish Shortbread Co. I have appreciated the consistent, thorough approach to the process of ensuring that we are producing a kosher product. The inspections are always combined with an opportunity to educate. Whenever we’ve had questions or concerns about product, ingredients, or equipment, Oregon Kosher has been very quick to respond and to offer solutions and explanations of the best possible way forward. We are proud to be able to designate our products as kosher and look forward to continued relationship with Oregon Kosher.”
“We have worked with Oregon Kosher for several years now and they have always been communicative and flexible with scheduling. When we first decided to make our Blue Plum Brandy and Cherry Brandy Kosher for Passover, Tuvia came in and was given a through overview of our processes. He then presented us with a plan to start making our products Kosher for Passover. We discussed the best plan to stay within the Kosher for Passover guidelines and maintain the high quality of our products. They have been able to accommodate us on short notice, so we could bottle product that we needed to fill an order. We have had a great working relationship with Oregon Kosher and plan to continue business with them for years to come.”
“I have worked with Oregon Kosher for the past 7 years and have great respect for the staff. They understand the real meaning of “customer Service” and there has never been a time in the seven years where they let me down. Sometimes difficult situations occur, as they will when dealing with Kosher issues, but we have always worked the problem through to everyone’s satisfaction. Our making of kosher wines would be much more difficult without such a great team.”