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Rabbi Menachem Bloom

מנחם ב"ר חיים יצחק

Rav, Congregation Beth Hamedresh Hagodol Anshe Sfard, Atlanta

Date of Death: Wed. October 20, 1926 - Cheshvan 12 5687

Photo Caption: Rabbi Menachem and Rebbetzin Bloom, Credit: MCA

Bio Information:
Congregation Anshi S’fard is an Orthodox synagogue located in Atlanta, in the Morningside and Virginia Highlands neighborhoods. Anshi S’fard was founded in 1911 to provide a home for Hasidic worship and fellowship for Jews from Poland, Galicia and the Ukraine who had settled in Atlanta – it’s the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta.

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Rabbi Avroham Yitzchok Jaffe

אברהם יצחק ב"ר

Rav, Congregation Ahavath Achim, Atlanta, Georgia

Date of Death: Mon. February 9, 1920 - Shevat 20 5680

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Rabbi Yehuda Chashesman

יהודה ב"ר ישראל אשר

Rav, Anshei Tiktin Chicago, Illinois

Date of Death: Tue. December 22, 1964 - Teves 17 5725

Photo Caption: Rabbi Yehuda Chashesman, Credit: Chicago Rabbis
Photo Caption: Rabbi Yehuda Chashesman, short bio, Credit: Chicago Rabbis

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Rabbi Tuvia Tobias Geffen

טוביה ב"ר יוסף

Chief Rabbi of the South

Date of Death: Tue. February 10, 1970 - Adar I 4 5730

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Photo Caption: Rav Tuvia Geffen, Credit: Jewish Currents, Accord, NY
Kosher Coke Bottle Cap
Photo Caption: Bottle cap bearing the kosher certification of Rav Tuvia Geffen, Credit: Traci Rylands, Atlanta, GA

Rav Geffen was born in 1870, in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas (Kovno). He immigrated to the United States in 1903 and became the rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Tzedek in New York City. A few years later he moved to Canton, Ohio and thereafter (1910) Atlanta, Georgia, where he served at Congregation Shearith Israel for close to 60 years. Once in Atlanta, the Rav organized the first Hebrew school which offered a daily Talmud class. A catalyst in the area of kashrus he standardized the regulation of kosher supervision in Atlanta under his central authority and was the leader of the Southern division of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis (Agudath HaRabonim). The Rav, who published many sefarim, is most remembered for his kashrus certification of Coca-Cola. Living in Atlanta near The Coca-Cola Company’s headquarters, he received many inquiries from Rabbanim across the United States whether or not Coca-Cola was kosher. He asked the company for a list of the beverage’s ingredients and was provided with the Coca-Cola formula, a closely-guarded trade secret. He found that one of the ingredients, glycerin, was produced from tallow of non-kosher beef. He convinced the company to substitute it for a vegetable-based glycerin. Satisfied that Coca-Cola’s ingredients were now all kosher, the Rav issued a response in 1935 that Coca-Cola was kosher. “With the help of God, I have been able to uncover a pragmatic solution according to which there would be no question nor any doubt concerning the ingredients of Coca Cola”, he wrote. “It is now possible for the most stringent Halachist to enjoy Coca Cola”.

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