Community Kashrut was formed in April 2015 under the auspices of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) and the Council of Orthodox Synagogues of NSW (COS).

Representing the wider community, our Board is comprised of eight representatives chosen by JBOD and COS.

All Community Kashrut Directors are accountable to and serve at the pleasure of JBOD and COS. Accordingly all the Directors are democratically appointed representatives of the NSW Jewish Community.

All Directors serve Community Kashrut in a strictly voluntary capacity with each coming from a cross section of the community and from a variety of professions. Community Kashrut can draw up on their various skills in order to provide the NSW Jewish Community with an efficient and professionally run kosher supervisory authority.

The Va’ad HaRabbanim represent a wide cross section of the Jewish community.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

  • David Sandler (Chairman)
  • Nicolas Meer (Honorary Secretary)
  • Jodi Kofsky
  • Bryan Sher

  • Mervyn Stein (Deputy Chairman)
  • Manfred Levy (Treasurer)
  • Bernice Charif
  • Yoni Garson

  • Rabbi Blackman (Jewish Learning Centre)
  • Rabbi Krebs (Kehillat Masada)
  • Rabbi Cohen (Ohr HaTzafon)
  • Rabbi Reich (Formerly of Adath Yisroel Synagogue)
  • Rabbi Milecki
  • Rabbi Rom

David Sandler
David Sandler

David has a keen interest in kashrut after observing different models for kosher supervision whilst living in both the UK and South Africa. He now lives permanently in Sydney with his wife and family.

He sat on the Kashrut Commission of Inquiry in 2014/15 during which time he developed a broad understanding of the kosher landscape in NSW.

David works as a director in the financial services industry and brings a wealth of management and corporate governance experience to the Board at Community Kashrut.

Rabbi Yedidya Krauthammer
Rabbi Yedidya Krauthammer
Rav Hamachshir

Prior to joining Community Kashrut, Rabbi Krauthammer was the deputy (in matters of kashrut) to Rabbi Micha Halevi, the Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikva, Israel. There he managed a team of 9 supervisors for over 500 businesses and co-ordinated over 200 mashgihim.

One of Rabbi Krauthammer’s primary roles was to develop and implement relevant processes, policies and procedures for each enterprise, according to their needs. This included abattoirs, meat packing and processing factories, meat storage, bakeries, caterers, function halls, aged care facilities, restaurants, fast food establishments and many more.

Rabbi Krauthammer also ran training seminars for the mashgichim. to ensure high standards and professionalism. He worked closely with the esteemed Rabbi Lau and many kashrut organisations including Badatz Eidah HaChareidit, Badatz Yoreh Deah and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

Rabbi Krauthammer is married with three children and before moving to live in Sydney, the Rav Hamachshir was a resident of Petach Tikva, Israel.  He has a BA and MBA from Kiryat Ono Academic College, specialising in marketing and human resources. He received his smicha from Rabbi Micha Halevi, Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikva.