Meet Our Staff

R' Heinemann
Rabbi Moshe Heinemann
Rabbinic Administrator

Rabbi Moshe Heinemann is highly regarded as a leading international authority in Jewish law. Having mastered the intricacies of Jewish law and the complex world of modern technology, he is regularly consulted by rabbinic and industrial

Dr Pollak
Dr. Avrom Pollak

Dr. Avrom Pollak spans the world of science and religion with rabbinic ordination and a PhD in cell and molecular biology from City University of New York. In the late 1970s, Dr. Pollak came to Baltimore as a post-doctoral fellow at the National

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Our Kashrus Administrators

You can be assured that our Kashrus Administrators, who are specialists in your particular product line, will personally service your needs with attentiveness and concern for your success in the kosher marketplace. They work closely with approximately 200 field coordinators, mashgichim (kosher supervisors), and shochtim (ritual slaughterers), stationed in STAR-K certified packing houses, caterers, and manufacturing plants, throughout the world.

R' Shuman
Rabbi Eliyahu Shuman

Rabbi Eliyahu Shuman, Director of Supervision for over twenty-five years, is the most senior STAR-K Kashrus Administrator. His position takes him to Europe and Asia in order to oversee the kosher

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R' Beyer
Rabbi Baruch Beyer

Rabbi Baruch Beyer has been a part of the STAR-K family for the past decade, and is particularly knowledgeable about Kashrus on the Web, and Industrial Kashrus. His industry specialties

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R' Gewirtz
Rabbi Dr. Jonah Gewirtz

Rabbi Dr. Jonah Gewirtz is STAR-K's Global Management Consultant. Among Rabbi Gewirtz's many claims to fame, is the role he played in the kosher certification process of Baskin-Robbins,

R' Heber
Rabbi Dovid Heber

Rabbi Dovid Heber is respected as a foremost expert in the field of kosher pharmaceuticals, nutriceuticals, and medications. As the Director of the STAR-K computer department, he oversees

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R' Rosen
Rabbi Tzvi Rosen

Rabbi Tzvi Rosen, editor of STAR-K's quarterly journal, Kashrus Kurrents, is an expert on liquors and industrial kashrus (which include dairy, cheese, and canning). One of his major

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R' Tendler
Rabbi Sholom Tendler

Rabbi Sholom Tendler is both an ordained graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a recipient of a master's of science degree in education from Johns Hopkins University. As a

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R' Kurcfeld
Rabbi Mayer Kurcfeld

Rabbi Mayer Kurcfeld, as Assistant Director of Supervision, has been a Kashrus Administrator for the STAR-K for over twenty years. He collaborates with Rabbi Moshe Heinemann in the

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R' Frankel
Rabbi Mordechai Frankel

Rabbi Mordechai Frankel, Director of STAR-K's Institute of Halacha, fields questions on kashrus and other Torah subjects, from kosher consumers and pulpit rabbis across the globe. In addition to

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R' Goldberg
Rabbi Zvi Goldberg

Rabbi Zvi Goldberg joined STAR-K in 2001, and manages kosher oil, spice, flavor, sweetener, and drink productions. He oversees STAR-K's hotline, which fields calls and emails from consumers

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R' Mushell
Rabbi Avrohom Mushell

Rabbi Avrohom Mushell administers STAR-K's several hundred companies located in China and India. He is also frequently consulted regarding the applications of modern technology to Torah

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R' Schuchman
Rabbi Moshe Schuchman

Rabbi Moshe Schuchman, a native Baltimorean, attended Ner Israel Rabbinical College and holds a degree in mathematics. He also serves as an inspector for organic certification.

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Steve Sichel

Steve Sichel, STAR-K's Director of Development, travels the world to introduce food and ingredient manufacturers to STAR-K Certification and its potential impact on increased sales in the

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R' Holland
Rabbi Zvi Holland
Kashrus Administrator
Director of Special Projects

Rabbi Zvi Holland, was raised in Scranton, PA. Educated in the U.S. and Israel, Rabbi Holland was ordained at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He is a

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R' Jacobson
Rabbi Chananya Jacobson

Rabbi Chananya Jacobson administers STAR-K's operations in India and Southeast Asia. In his regular travels he also acts as a liaison between

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Rabbi Nisson Dov Miller

Rabbi Nisson Dov Miller, originally from St. Louis, MO and ordained by Ner Israel Rabbinical College, joined STAR-K in 2017 after serving as rav of

Rabbi Emanuel Goldfeiz
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National Kashrus Coordinators
R' Heinemann
Rabbi Shmuel Aron Heinemann
STAR-K New York/New Jersey Office

Rabbi Shmuel Aron Heinemann joined STAR-K in 1982, and became its Kashrus Administrator for the greater New York/ New Jersey area, nine years later.

R' Bronsteyn
Rabbi Yakov Bronsteyn
STAR-K West Coast Office

Our West Coast office, located in Phoenix, Arizona, is headed by Rabbi Yakov Bronsteyn. Rabbi Bronsteyn's responsibilities include maintaining

R' Weinberger
Rabbi Joel Weinberger
STAR-K California Office

Rabbi Weinberger became affiliated with STAR-K in 1988, and has headed its California office since 1991. His educational background in Hotel,

R' Goldberg
Rabbi Tzvi Shaul Goldberg
National Kashrus Coordinator (NY/NJ Office)

Rabbi Tzvi Shaul Goldberg was raised in Brooklyn, is a graduate of the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim and Kollel Bnei Torah in Brooklyn, he is a

R' Putney
Rabbi Eli Putney
National Kashrus Coordinator (West Coast Office)

Rabbi Eli Putney was ordained by Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits in Jerusalem and returned to the US to live in Phoenix where he and his family remain

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International Kashrus Coordinators
R' Stein
Rabbi David Stein
STAR-K Middle East/Europe Office

Rabbi David Stein was university trained in mathematics, and spent many years of study in highly specialized post-graduate research. His move

R' Benjamin
Rabbi Amos Benjamin
STAR-K Far East Office

The multi-lingual Rabbi Amos Benjamin has been certifying kosher products in China since 1997. As the administrator of STAR-K's Far East office, Rabbi

R' Jacob
Levie S Jacob
STAR-K India

Levie S Jacob is an experienced kashrus consultant in India. In addition to holding a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he acquired training as a mashgiach for

STAR-K Support Staff

Yehudis Barer
Director of Software Development

Rivky Benyowitz
Kosher Certification Support

Haviva Bulka
Kosher Certification Support

Janine Chapman

Rabbi Reuven Chapman
Network Administrator

Malky Feig
Kosher Certification Support – Israel

Rabbi Doniel Feldman
Kosher Certification Liaison

Shoshy Goldberg
Kosher Certification Support – Israel

Rivka Leah Goldman
Kosher Certification Support

Shani Goldfeder
Kosher Certification Support

Hudi Neuberger
Graphic Designer

Rivka Heinemann
Administrative Assistant to
Rabbi Shmuel Heinemann

Patricia (Pesi) Herskovitz
Executive Vice-President

Essie Katz

Paula Katz
Kosher Certification Support

Tehila Milikowsky
Kosher Certification Support

Adina Michelsohn
Kosher Certification Support

Chaya Miriam Muller
Manager, Accounting Department

Margie Pensak
Director of Public and Media Affairs

Debbie Rosenstein 
Multimedia Specialist

Judy (Scheuer) Garfinkel
Office Support

Shani Shuvalsky
Kosher Certification Support

Chaya Rivka Youlus
Kosher Certification Support

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