In Praise of Jake Wishnia
November 12, 2013
On Monday, October 7, I attended an open meeting of the Vaad Hakashruth.
It was gratifying to see 15-20 people from the community at large in attendance.
I strongly support Mr. Wishnia and the board for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Kashrus.
On what experience do I speak out?
(A) Some 50 years ago I was ordained by three different scholars including the chief Rabbi of Israel.
(B) I have lived in Louisville for 15 years since the 1970’s; seven years of which I was a Mashgiach (supervisor) for the Louisville Vaad.
(C) Over the years I have done supervision for every major kosher agency, including the Israeli Rabbinate.
Jake Wishnia has spent countless hours talking to rabbis and board members in numerous communities to acquire information and innovative ideas for Louisville. He has also examined by-laws and transactions of the local board to ensure that everything is being done properly. Under the leadership of Mr. Wishnia, the board has continued to provide Kashrus for the Jewish community.
Mr. Wishnia does not need my endorsement. His dedication and accomplishments speak for him.
Jake Wishnia got a vote of confidence to continue his work. As far as I’m concerned, Louisville is fortunate to have a person of his caliber to lead the Vaad.
Rabbi Hillel Smulowitz
Editor’s note: Rabbi Smulowitz is a former principal of Elihau Academy and a retired Army Chaplain.
November 14, 2013
I share the following information so the community realizes how fortunate we are to have the Melton Institute.
As a result of excellent instructors like Rabbi S. Miles and Rabbi J. Golding, I have learned so much about my Jewish heritage. Everything is done in a professional manner and we all become knowledgeable in Judaism.
My life has been enriched and my faith has been renewed.
I am grateful to the Jewish Federation and the Melton Institute for making this outstanding educational endeavor available in Louisille, KY.
Allen Aboff, student
Editor’s Note: The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is sponsored by Congregation Adath Jeshurun in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center and with support from Congregation Anshei Sfard, Keneseth Israel Congregation, The Temple, and Temple Shalom. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.