The Lehigh Valley Kashrut Commission is a committee of the Hebrew Family League (HFL), a tax exempt not for profit organization under IRS section 501(c)3. The Hebrew Family League, founded in 1961, is a volunteer organization that oversees the LVKC, as well as the Jewish community’s Mikvah (Ritual Bath House) and Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society).
The Kashrut Commission has a volunteer Board of Directors, headed by interim President Bob Levin-Dando. The board oversees business issues. Decisions of Jewish law are governed by our Vaad Halachah, a volunteer group of local rabbis, headed by Rabbi David Wilensky, rabbi of Congregation Sons of Israel in Allentown.
We are proud to announce the hiring of Rabbi Jonathan Powers in April 2006/5766; Rabbi Powers has years of experience with the national hashgachot as well as with commercial food production. Rabbi Powers also serves as a Mashgiach for The Noshery at Muhlenberg College on behalf of the Star-K.
MEET OUR STAFF
Rav Hamachsir – Rabbi David Wilensky
Rabbi David Wilensky was the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Ohab Zedek in Manhattan, NY, from 2005 to 2009. He also served as Director of Educational and Social Programming. Prior to that he taught Talmudic studies at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (2003-2005). After studying in Israel at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh (1995-1997) and Yeshiva Derech Hatalmud (1998), Rabbi Wilensky studied at Yeshiva University where he received his B.A. in psychology in 2002. In 2005 he received his ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University. He is currently the Rabbi of Congregation Sons of Israel in Allentown, PA.
Interim President – Bob Levin-Dando
Director of Kosher Supervision – Rabbi Jonathan Powers
Rabbi Jonathan Powers has worked as a Mashgiach for the LVKC since 1997 when he moved to Allentown, PA. While working for the LVKC as the Mashgiach Temidi at Abe’s Place, he also simaltaneiously worked with the Star-K (Vaad Hakashrus of Baltimore). He left Abe’s Place to work as a Mashgiach for the OK, in Philadelphia. He then briefly moved away from Allentown, PA to work for the OU in New Jersey. He returned to Allentown in 2005, but continued to work at his families restaurant in Philadelphia. In 2006 he returned to Allentown as a Mashgiach for the Star-K as well as being hired as the Director of Kosher Supervision for the LVKC. He currently serves as a Mashgiach for the Star-K at The Noshery at Muhlenberg College as well as his local LVKC position.