A United Voice in Kashrus
The Association of Kashrus Organizations was established in 1985. It was first chaired by Rabbi Benjamin Shandalov of the cRc, and then came under the direction of Rabbi Moshe Heisler at the Scroll K. Its primary goal is to unite the different kashrus agencies around the globe under one umbrella, serving the Jewish community to raise and maintain the highest level of kashrus possible. To that end, the leading authorities in the world today have a medium where they can discuss the numerous situations that arise in the kashrus industry, to create a plan for emergency kashrus situations, to construct basic guidelines for mutually acceptable standards and to present a unified voice in kashrus.
Since 2003, AKO has seen a rebirth under the able direction of its executive director, Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, Kashrus Administrator of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc). Both in public forums and behind closed doors, AKO has become the nucleus of international kashrus administration.
While the AKO organization itself does not give any kosher certification or endorsements (aside for overseeing Kosherfest), its members work together to provide the kosher community with the utmost in kosher supervision.
AKO Membership is not an endorsement of any particular hashgacha and non-membership does not mean that the agency is not recommended.
Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, Executive Director
Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib, Executive Assistant
Rabbi Moshe Elefant
Rabbi Saul Emanuel
Rabbi Sholem Y. Fishbane
Rabbi Menachem Genack
Rabbi Yitzchok Glick
Rabbi Don Yoel Levy
Dr. Avrom Pollak
Rabbi Ari Senter
Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib