About the Vaad

About the Vaad

 The Vaad Hakashruth of Kansas City (the Vaad) is a 501 (c) 3 religious tax-exempt organization, founded in 1994 as a result of concerned kosher-observant people in the community who saw the need for an improved level of kosher supervision and desire for additional supervised kosher food options.

Our Purpose

The Vaad Hakashruth of Kansas City is a community service organization whose mission is the maintenance of a high level of Kosher supervision. It is composed of Rabbinic and lay leaders providing kosher certification, supervision, education and inspection for caterers, wholesale and retail food vendors, and food production companies in the Kansas City area and the Midwest region of the country.

Who Are We

Rabbi Daniel Rockoff and Rabbi Herbert Mandl provide the rabbinic leadership as Rav HaMachshir and Vaad Rabbinic Chairperson, respectively.  The Rav Hamachshir is the halachic or legal authority on kashruth issues, as it regards defining of policy as per kashruth standards to be upheld by the Vaad, and is consulted on specific issues as they arise and need input and/or decision-making regarding Jewish Law.

Rabbi Daniel Rockoff – Rav Hamachshir
Rabbi Mendel Segal – Executive Director and Rabbinic Coordinator
Rabbi Herbert J. Mandl  – Chairman
Bruce Daniels – Senior Mashgiach
Rabbi Binyomin Mazer – Mashgiach
Rabbi Benjamin Kopelman – Mashgiach
Donna Oberstein – Administrative Assistant

Lay leadership is provided by the Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from the majority of area congregations, as well as members-at-large.

Jeff Goldenberg – President
Jerry Bernard – Secretary
Joseph Martin – Treasurer
Debbie Sosland-Edelman Immediate Past President

Board of Directors
Renana Abrams
Michael Heiligman
Larry Lerner
Doris Mendel
Steve Passer
Marty Rosenberg
Brenda Rosenthal
Janna Rosenthal
Jessica Rudnick-Kaseff
Yosef Silver
Jason Sokol
Michael Sokol
Sue Ann Strom
Scott Zigler