CCC plans Pre-Passover kosher grocery tour

Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz
Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz

Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, the Kosher Information Bureau’s rabbinic administrator, will return to Tucson on Sunday, April 3 for the “Is It Kosher?” supermarket tour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Albertsons, 6600 E. Grant Road (at East Tanque Verde Road). Attendees will learn what foods and beverages are kosher for Passover and year-round, including foods that don’t need certification for kosher authenticity. The in-store walking tour, co-sponsored by Congregation Chofetz Chayim, the Southwest Torah Institute and Albertsons, is free and will include a wine tasting and food samples.

The Kosher Information Bureau’s website, KosherQuest.org, is the world’s largest kosher food information site. According to Eidlitz, 700,000 to 1 million people from 26 countries access the website annually. “There are over 1,200 kosher symbols used throughout the world, and the major reliable symbols are identified on our website,” says Eidlitz, who has been directing the bureau for over 30 years. He is the author of “Is it Kosher: Encyclopedia of Kosher Foods, Facts and Fallacies.”

“Rabbi Eidlitz is one of the most knowledgeable people about kosher ingredients on the planet. He’s also personable, approachable and entertaining,” says Rabbi Israel Becker of Congregation Chofetz Chayim and the Southwest Torah Institute. “We have timed this event right before Passover when Jews are especially kosher conscious. We appreciate that Albertsons is attuned to the needs of their kosher consumers, and is further educating them by helping to bring Rabbi Eidlitz to Tucson.”

Eidlitz attended the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Israel and received his ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Md. He last led a kosher supermarket tour in Tucson in 2008.

For more information, contact Becker at 747-7780.