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Community based Retail Kashrus Supervision

Kehilla policy from the start has been to work to the highest common standard of Halacha and thus assure kashrus certification and acceptability throughout the Jewish community of Kehilla certified retail establishments and food service operations. Kehilla certified products are accepted by rabbis and kosher agencies both here and abroad.

Regional and International Industrial Kashrus Supervision

In the course of Kehilla Kosher/ Igud Hakashrus of Los Angeles’ pursuing its mission to be the premier kosher certification agency on the west coast, Kehilla’s rabbis  and field representatives may travel worldwide wherever required to certify ingredients. Kehilla certifies products produced throughout the United States as well as in plants throughout the world including Belgium, Canada, Chile, India, Israel, Italy, Thailand, Mexico and elsewhere. Kehilla also works with local Rabbis to supervise production, streamlining costs to the client and ultimately, the consumer.

Shatnez Laboratory and Alerts

Being careful of wearing clothing that may have “shatnez,” that is, a mixture of wool and linen materials, is very problematic in the modern age of world- wide suppliers and the rapid pace of change in the clothing industry. Essentially, certifying clothing as “Non-shatnez” today requires trained experts in fiber identification, knowledgeability in manufacturing methods, and staying up to date with the most current information available. Thus, our expert trained and certified testers provide this non-shatnez service, and inform the community through timely updates as changes occur in manufacturing and marketing of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing.

Beth Din

Kehilla provides Din Torah, Marriage and Divorce, Personal Status, and related services.

Din Torah / Arbitration
Parties wishing to avail themselves of the Beth Din’s Din Torah services may apply for consideration by returning the application for Din Torah. The opposing party is contacted and where both parties agree to binding arbitration, the Beth Din will conduct the Din Torah. Generally, three rabbis comprise the Beth Din panel; however, certain cases may be heard by just one rabbi. In rare instances, the panel may consist of more than three rabbis. Beth Din decisions are issued in writing and are final.

Personal Status
The Beth Din accepts applications for certification of personal status if required by another Beth Din or State Authority. The application and supporting documentation will be reviewed and the applicant will be interviewed, as well as the persons on the reference list. In some cases, applicants may be asked to provide additional information.

Marriage
Marriages are generally the purview of individual rabbis; the Beth Din will on occasion provide marriage services in more complex circumstances.

Divorce, Custody, Property Division
Legal dissolution of a marriage must be addressed by the State Superior Court. Jewish couples wishing to dissolve their marriage require a “gett,” the procedure that dissolves the couple’s religious marriage status. Either spouse may apply for the gett arrangement. The Beth Din will proceed to the gett procedure after confirming both parties’ agreement, and mutually acceptable appointment schedules. On request of the parties, the Beth Din may agree to handle custody and property division issues between the parties, which the parties may then file for confirmation with the Superior Court.