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A Breakthrough for Summer-break

The AKO Camp Kashrus Initiative

AKO introduces a free of charge camp Initiative under which kashrus experts from the most respected agencies can

Help camps analyze and assess their existing kashrus infrastructure and provide guidance and assistance to ensure the

level of Kashrus is what they want it to be.

To join the initiative email: or call/text (617) 651-1584

Following is an open letter to camps across the country.


Dear Camp Directors,

As a camp director, you certainly understand the critical part that summer camps play in children's chinuch. Possibly even more than school or Yeshiva year round, camps provide a unique atmosphere to instill proper hashkafa and yiras shamayim in Klal Yisroel’s children.

Of course a major part of every summer experience is certainly the food services provided throughout the summer and we are certain that all camps strive to ensure that the level of Kashrus provided matches the stated chinuch goals for each camp.

At the same time, we understand well that maintaining proper Kashrus in such a large operation can indeed be challenging.

To that end, AKO (Association of Kashrus Organizations), would like to extend an invitation to form an invaluable partnership to assist you in this goal.

While the AKO organization itself does not give any kosher certification or endorsements, AKO has created the Camp Kashrus Initiative where a team of leading kashrus experts from the most respected agencies can analyze and assess your current kashrus infrastructure and provide guidance and assistance to ensure the level of Kashrus is what you want it to be. There is no charge for this service.

The process is simple.

1. Fill out a short questionnaire

2. Schedule virtual consult with an AKO Kashrus professional

3. Receive a initial assessment & schedule an onsite visit from a Kashrus professional

4. Receive a follow-up assessment and if applicable a training session for camp kitchen personnel

5. Optional (fee may apply): Follow up visit from an AKO Kashrus professional during the camp season & a Kashrus workshop for the staff and/or campers.

To begin the process or for more information, please email us at or call/text (617) 651-1584.

Wishing you a summer of much Hatzlacha in your Avodas Hakodesh,

The AKO Camp Kashrus Committee

Rabbi Moshe Kaufman (KVH); Co-Chairman

Rabbi Sholom Tendler (STAR-K); Co-Chairman

Rabbi Sholem Fishbane (cRc); AKO Executive Director

Rabbi Avi Juravel (OU)

Rabbi Shaul Gallor (Rhode Island Kosher-RIK)

Rabbi Nesanel Snow (Kof-K)

Rabbi Yitzchok Hanoka (OK Kosher)

Rabbi Moshe Shreck (Kosher Miami- KM)

Rabbi Josh Feingold (Columbus Vaad - Buckeye Kosher)

Rabbi Levi Feigelstock (ORB)

AKO was established in 1985 with the primary goal to unite the different kashrus agencies around the globe under one umbrella in order to serve as a resource to Kashrus agencies and Jewish communities to raise and maintain the highest level of kashrus possible.


The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the presenters & authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of other halachic opinions or the entities they represent. The mission of the Kashrus Awareness Project is to inform and educate the kosher consumer to know what to look out for and what to inquire about. The Kashrus Awareness Campaign receives guidance from AKO, an umbrella association of kashrus organizations. For all questions you have regarding halacha, please consult with your own morei derech. We recommend to always double check and seek out the latest information available.

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