News Briefs: Manischewitz to Sell Kosher Food Business and More

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Manischewitz to Sell Kosher Food Business

The Manischewitz Co. is getting out of the kosher food business.

JTA reported that Newark, New Jersey-based Manischewitz will sell all its kosher food business to Kenover Marketing Corp., which is part of Kayco of Bayonne, New Jersey. The company was formed by a merger of Kedem Foods, Kenover Marketing and B&W Foods.

In a statement on July 29, the companies said the transaction will be concluded shortly, with details to be announced. Until then, it’s business as usual.

The B. Manischewitz Co. LLC dates to 1888, when it was founded in Cincinnati by Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz. It was a public corporation under Manischewitz family control until it was taken private during a $42.5 million management buyout in 1990.

Trump Commutes Drug Charges for Orthodox Man With Dying Wife

The 20-year sentence of an Israeli-born haredi man convicted on drug charges was commuted by President Donald Trump on July 29, JTA reported.

Ronen Nahmani, a first-time offender, was convicted in 2015 of distributing synthetic marijuana he had obtained from China. His sentence was the maximum for the offense.

Nahmani’s wife has stage 4 cancer; he is the father of five children.

“Mr. Nahmani is a nonviolent, first-time offender with no criminal history. He has five young children at home and his wife is suffering from terminal cancer. These extenuating circumstances underscore the urgency of his request for clemency,” the White House said in the statement.

In 2017, Trump commuted the sentence of haredi kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin, who had been convicted of money laundering and fraud.

IDF Veteran in Massachusetts Chases Down Flasher While Jogging

Aia Polansky didn’t like what she saw when a man flashed her as she was out jogging on July 18 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so she chased him down, JTA reported.

Polansky — a 6-foot-1 veteran of the Israel Defense Forces who works as a personal trainer— caught the man and held him while she asked passersby to call police. Nobody got involved and the man got away when she tried to reach for her phone.

“I just knew that if I’m not going to get this guy now then the next girl will be raped,” she told ABC News.

Massachusetts State Police released images of the suspect, as the incident was caught on security cameras. The incident was first reported over the weekend of July 27-28.

Broadway Legend Harold Prince Dies

Broadway musical producer and director Harold “Hal” Prince — who racked up 21 Tony Awards in his legendary career — died July 31 in Reykjavik, Iceland, CNN reported.

A Manhattan native, Prince had Philadelphia ties, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, the Prince Theater (now known as the Philadelphia Film Center) was named in his honor.

Prince produced or directed some of the most famous shows ever to appear on Broadway, including Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera and Evita.

“Not just the prince of musicals, the crowned head who directed two of the greatest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom. This wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery of musical theater was without equal,” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said on Twitter Wednesday.


  1. The quality of Manischewitz products has sunk to an all-time low; just refer to this year’s Jewish Exponent competition of its gefilte fish, which is HORRIBLE since it closed its United States plant in Newark, New Jersey, and farmed production out to Morocco! Buy and make in OUR U.S.A. WE are the BEST!!

  2. With the official announcement today, Giant will open a huge supermarket next year at 23rd & Arch near the Jewish Federation Building, JFGP should now reach out to Giant corporate to request a religiously-supervised Kosher section, like the Wynnewood Giant, to serve the needs of our very large Center City observant population, who now cannot obtain a full-selection of Kosher product in this gentrified neighborhood.


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