Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Agriprocessors (Rubashkin's) Boycott!

The Jewish Week
Pressure Seen Mounting Against Kosher Meat Giant

Interesting how they focus on the "Liberal" Modern Orthodox and the Conservative worlds. I can see why the Hhareidim wouldn't be involved in protesting, boycotting, or "anti-supporting" Agriprocessors — but where're the Reform? The Reconstructionists? The Renewalists? I'd think they'd be all up on this thing. Etho-kashrut is going to be the next big thing after Eco-kashrut!

Makes some nice (but divisive? i hope not) publicity for the International Rabbinic Fellowship, Uri L'Tzedek, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, though.

And to the rav whose name is the first two words of the article, I give you a berakha — if the poo must hit something, may it hit the fan and not hit you!

The Jerusalem Post
Agriprocessors announces new CEO

This article focuses on the Agriprocessors business side of the equation. It also mentions Uri L'Tzedek, based in New York, as well as two voices from the Mid-Atlantic — R' Shmuel Herzfeld of The National Synagogue in Washington DC (where i actually spent Shabbos ‘Erev Pesahh this year), as well as the Star-K in nearby Baltimore.


Blogger The back of the hill said...

About time. Rubashkins has been mentioned much in the news for several years. But I cannot remember any favourable mention.

As Rabbi Herman said, 'where there's smoke.....'.

5/28/2008 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Mendelsohn said...


The changes at AgriProcessors are a scam encouraged by the OU so they can continue to certify the meat if top company officials are indicted , which seems likely at this point. Sholom Rubashkin will still be with the company, and his faterh Aaron will still own it. Until the Rubashkins sell the company and ownership passes on to others with clean hands, the boycott should only intensify. They have had 3-1/2 years to do teshuva since the first scandal made headlines.

5/28/2008 8:52 PM  
Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

Comments from the Reform movement would be greeted with cries of "Who cares? They don't eat kosher anyway." I'm not sure what percentage of the Reconstructionists keep kosher - but I'd be suprised if it was significantly more than the Conservatives, 30% of whom keep kosher in the house IIRC.

5/28/2008 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Mar Gavriel said...

Correct. If the Reform movement is not interested in encouraging people to keep kosher, then there's no reason they would expect people to be buying Rubashkin's in the first place-- treife meat is cheaper.

And if the Reform movement is interested in getting people to keep kosher, it would be suicide to tell people to stop eating Rubashkin's-- they would just eat treife meat, instead.

5/28/2008 11:08 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Not to step on anybody's toes, but I sincerely doubt that reform or reconstructionist have a firm grasp on kosher in the first place.

Some do keep obvious treif out of their house. But an ignorance of shechita allows a lot to enter anyway.

A few limit themselves to fish and poultry - fish irrespective of snapper ve kaskeses, poultry as long as it has a plumbum.

Shtrenge kashrus is just NOT an operating concept for many.
Consequently, 'Rubashkin' is not a name much bandied about outside of the more orthodox olam.

'Fraid that the only food restrictions that impact 'reform-recon-renew' in any way are vegetarioth and veganoth. They're much more likely to be tsimchonim than shomerim.

5/28/2008 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look here

and here

among the many items, see below:

Digest This: All Eyes on Agriprocessors 18 hours ago by Leah Koenig
Amidst the recent flurry of calls from Jewish communal leaders to boycott Agriprocessors’ products (including the Uri L’tzedek boycott, which Hazon is supporting), the company’s founder Aaron Rubashkin started looking for a new CEO to ...
The Jew and the Carrot - - References

Pressure Grows on Agriprocessors 15 hours ago by erikmarcus
The Jewish Week has a long and excellent piece on the growing pressure within the Kosher-keeping community to boycott Agriprocessors beef. This is a company with a long history of animal abuse, and which is alleged to have ... Everything -

Estrogen 16 hours ago by ncjrzmwhb206
Uri L'Tzedek, a grassroots Orthodox social justice initiative, has penned a letter to Aaron Rubashkin, founder of the Agriprocessors Corporation, expressing displeasure with the company's ethical practices Estrogen Weight Gain There's a ...
Estrogen -

ICE Raids Agriprocessors in Iowa 27 May 2008
The detention of nearly 400 Agriprocessors employees by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) suggests strike-busting more than it does law enforcement.
Suite101: Politics & Society Articles -

More People, Organizations Call for Changes at Agriprocessors 27 May 2008 by Lynda Waddington
Uri L'Tzedek, a grassroots Orthodox social justice initiative, has penned a letter to Aaron Rubashkin, founder of the Agriprocessors Corporation, expressing displeasure with the company's ethical practices. ...
Iowa Independent - Front Page -

Agriprocessors Announces Leadership Change 27 May 2008
Des Moines - POSTVILLE – Aaron Rubashkin, the owner of Agriprocessors, Inc., announced today that the company will hire a new chief executive officer.
DBusiness News - Des Moines -

Visions of Fraud - Agriprocessors Cheshbon Nefesh 27 May 2008 by (aprpeh)
Part of the teshuva process for Agriprocessors employees, managers, owners, etc. whomever the scales of justice will eventually point to as responsible for the employment fraud in Postville, IA, should be to read this article every day ...
[ More results from APRPEH ]

Essential Estrogen: Agriprocessors Ignored Government Warnings for ... 27 May 2008 by Andy Szal
Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen Social Security Administration Compliance Letters Ceased After 2006... The politically-connected meatpacking company where almost 400 undocumented workers were arrested earlier this month ... BlogWatch -

Agriprocessors Inc. to replace CEO 25 May 2008
“The best course of action for the company, its employees, the local community and our customers is to bring new leadership to Agriprocessors,” said Agriprocessors Inc. owner Aaron Rubashkin in the release. ... - - References

Blips on the Screen: 28 May 08 9 hours ago by Roger W. Gardner
We have engaged a team of industry experts to help us identify and secure a new leader who can help us meet the needs of Agriprocessors today and in the future. We will make more information on the search process available by the end of ...

Is This How Rabbi Zeilingold's "Independent Investigation" Of ... 26 May 2008 by Shmarya Rosenberg
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5/29/2008 7:34 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Larry Lennhoff & Mar Gavriel:

Good points about the Reform and Reconstructionists, i didn't think of that seemingly obvious angle. Although i wonder if BZ would object based on his understanding of Reform Judaism.

5/29/2008 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

There is now also a grassroots effort among kosher consumers to rally popular support behind (i) a boycott of AgriProcessors' meat, (ii) the removal of Menachem Genack from the head of the OU kashrut division which has completely dropped the ball here (where were the mashgichim??) and (iii) pressure on all kosher certification agencies to adopt rules requiring humane treatment of animals and employees as a precondition to giving kosher certification for any products.

Visit and sign the petition today!

5/30/2008 3:51 AM  

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