Star-K Announces Alliance
The present day Mexican Jewish community boasts a population of over 40,000. In Mexico City alone, there are 23 synagogues, 19 kosher restaurants, 19 kosher butcher shops, 15 kosher bakeries, 13 kosher grocery stores, and more than a dozen Jewish schools.
Jews are no strangers to Mexico; the Jewish presence in Mexico dates back to the Spanish Conquest. During the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, there was a mass immigration of Jews from Syria, Greece, Turkey, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe, all fleeing from persecution and poverty. Today, the Maguen David Community, formed by descendents of the Jewish immigrants from Aleppo, Syria, provides welfare, as well as religious and educational services, to its associates.
The KMD (Kosher Maguen David) is responsible for instituting many advancements, one of which includes providing kashrus services to the members of its community. To facilitate this ever-growing demand in Mexico, a newly formed alliance between STAR-K CERTIFICATION and the KMD was recently announced by STAR-K President, Dr. Avrom Pollak.
“STAR-K has a history of sharing its expertise in kashrus with other communities,” explains Dr. Pollak. “We look forward to this new partnership which promises to have a positive affect on the volume of kosher meat and other food products not only in both the United States and Mexico, but throughout the world. It will be mutually beneficial for both organizations and communities, as well as the greater kosher community, especially during these challenging economic times.”
“KMD is honored to announce this alliance, since it serves as an important launching pad for Mexican kashrus,” said Salomon Dichi, treasurer of the Maguen David in Mexico. “It means being able to provide foreign markets with Mexican-made products, showing both KMD and Star-K certifications. I would like to stress that these two companies have very similar certification standards. We hope that this alliance will be a big success in Mexico and the United States.”