With the burgeoning growth of young Sephardic bnei Torah, one of the leading Sephardic rabbanim in Baltimore, Rav Emmanuel Goldfeiz, shlita, engaged in many conversations with Dr. Avrom Pollak, President of STAR-K, concerning the kashrus needs of Sephardic communities, during his weekly visits to the STAR-K forshaatnez checking. As the presence of Sephadic communities grew, Rav Goldfeiz felt that the particular chumrot required by the Edot Hamizrach for centuries should be offered in the U.S., as well. A logical extension of the growth of Sephardic communities would be caring for their kashrut concerns. During these discussions withRav Goldfeiz, Dr. Pollak realized that additional growing communities existed within the New York/New Jersey area that could also greatly benefit from such an effort – that of the Syrian communities in Brooklyn and Deal. These communities have been developing with incredible speed and have become a juggernaut of bnei Torah, with representation in all the major yeshivot in the U.S. and Israel, including Baltimore’s Ner Yisroel. With these two strong communities sharing common kashrut needs, a solution to this issue became practical.
With HaRav Moshe Heinemann,shlita’s bracha, Dr. Pollak and Rav Goldfeiz mapped out a plan to create a hechsher called STAR-S with the support of an international network of kosher certified companies. The goal would be to address the necessities of those communities in need and provide them with with much needed products at the highest standards, according to the time-honored minhagim of Sephardim as well as Bnei Edot Hamizrach. The mission of STAR-S is to provide consumers with products that meet Sephardic chumrot in four areas: