C/O Hebrew Family League P.O. BOX 3172
Allentown, PA 18106
Call Us: (848) 207-6426
Email Us: info@lvkosher.org

About

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, President Harry Fisher. The board oversees business issues. Decisions of Jewish law are governed by our Vaad Halachah, a volunteer group of local rabbis, headed by Rabbi Nisan Andrews, 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 Nisan Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Andrews was born and raised in Canada. He attended Telshe Yeshiva in Chicago where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Rabbinics. While at Telshe, Andrews developed a special relationship with its Rosh Hayeshiva, Rabbi Avrohom C. Levin, z”l, from whom he received his semicha.

Andrews has been deeply involved in the rabbinate and Jewish education. He taught at the Telshe Yeshiva and Akiva Academy in Calgary and ran educational outreach programs in both cities. This afforded Andrews the opportunity to learn the craft from some of the most significant personalities in contemporary Jewish education and rabbinics. Additionally, he was the administrator for the local kosher supervision agency as part of his capacity as the assistant rabbi of Congregation House of Jacob-Mikveh Israel in Calgary, where he resided for four years. He has also served as rabbi of Lake Park Synagogue in Milwaukee.

Rabbi Andrews was also associate rabbi of Finchley United Synagogue in London, a flagship congregation of the United Synagogue with over 1,800 member families. There, he has begun innovative social and educational programming and works tirelessly to strengthen the social engagement of its large and broad membership.

Andrews and his wife, Hannah, a charismatic and talented educator, have three children.

 President – Harry Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Kosher Supervision – Rabbi Jonathan Power 

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.