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Mar 24, 2014 12:11 PM

Newman & Leventhal Kashrus

Does anybody know anything about a caterer named Newman & Leventhal? Their website says they are glatt kosher, but there is no indication of what certification they are under. When you call their number, the woman that answers the phone says she doesn't know, which is quite odd for a kosher caterer.

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  1. If they're the caterer at Park East then it's probably fine, but I would push the woman on the phone to provide the hashgacha details.

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    1. re: avitrek

      I'm not familiar with Park East. Is that an orthodox shul?

        1. re: avitrek

          Orthodox can mean a lot of different things. Not knowing or wanting to tell you a hashgacha can be a red flag. Ask to speak with her boss and push for an answer.

          1. re: kosherfoodie1226

            They called me back and told me that they're under the hasgocha of Rabbi Mechel Moskowitz. I looked up the hashgocha online and called someone there who verified that Newman and Leventhal is under their hashgocha.

            1. re: kosherfoodie1226

              I don't see it as a red flag. If you asked my company's receptionist which data standards our software supports, I bet she would not know. Sure, it would be nice if she knew.

              And "orthodox can mean a lot of different things"? That seems pretty inflammatory.

              As it were, Park East is a modern orthodox synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with hundreds, if not thousands of members, a flagship shul in many ways.

              1. re: DeisCane

                I don't see your analogy as valid. The receptionist at a software company would not be expected to know anything about software. However, the receptionist at a kosher catering company should know the certification; that is probably one of the most common questions that people will call to ask. And, if she didn't know, as a receptionist, she should have been able to transfer the call to someone who did know.

                I know nothing about this caterer, so I'm not commenting at all about their kashrut, but I would expect that the receptionist would know, or at least, be able to transfer a call to someone who could answer the question.

                1. re: queenscook

                  Maybe she was a receptionist for the shul (not the caterer) and honestly didn't know

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Not forwarding it is what makes her a bad receptionist. It's not what makes a caterer of questionable kashrut.

                    1. re: DeisCane

                      I very clearly said I knew nothing about the caterer and was not imputing their reputation whatsoever.

                      1. re: queenscook

                        And I brought up the analogy by pointing out that him/her not knowing the certification says little about the reliability of the certification just as our reception not knowing the industry standards we support says little about the reliability of our support for those standards.

              2. re: avitrek

                Actually, it's Arthur Schneier.

          2. This doesn't directly answer your question but I found a few mentions of them here on other threads, one from almost 10 years ago:

            That said, I also found this:

            I'm now curious to find out what you hear.

            1. They are the the caterer at the Conservative Park Avenue Synagogue, as well as at Park East. I have been to 5 affairs they have catered between 1976 and 1998. These were all at Conservative synagogues.

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              1. re: susiejane

                So it sounds like you trust the kashrus?

                1. re: mogee

                  I personally know nothing about their kashrus. My family's level of observance has changed since then. I would think it is trustworthy as the Rabbi's at the 2 synagogues mentioned are both respected within their own circles. Did you look up the supervising rabbi?

                  1. re: susiejane

                    The hechser is Badatz Hachareidis of New York.