About KLBD

KLBD is the largest kosher certification agency in Europe, as well as one of the top five in the world. The KLBD logo is recognised and respected by both manufacturers and consumers worldwide. KLBD certify some 40,000 ingredients and over 3,500 retail products across six continents.

KLBD is an acronym for Kashrut (Kosher) Division of the London Beth Din (Jewish court of law). The court is headed by Dayan Menachem Gelley and is under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi. The LBD, a world leading authority on Jewish and Kosher Law, is proud to have been a leading force in kosher certification for more than a century.

The KLBD team, operating from its London based headquarters, comprises world-class technical experts who are qualified in chemistry and food technology, in addition to a skilled team of production and commercial consultants. These personnel together with KLBD representatives and agents around the world work with companies as certification partners. This enables KLBD to meet individual company’s needs, increasing customer satisfaction and developing longstanding relationships with clients.

KLBD is known for their pragmatic approach to solving the challenges faced in certain complex production environments. The organisation’s expertise includes flavours, aromas, herbal extracts, dairy ingredients, fats and oils, and retail products. Currently, KLBD certifies numerous multi-national food brands, processors and raw material manufacturers and offer an affordable and expert kosher certification service. Leading clients include Arla, DMK, Givaudan, IFF and Treatt. On supermarket shelves recent converts to kosher include Hovis, Marmite, McCain’s and Nescafe Dolce Gusto.

KLBD is a member of several international organisations. Read More

Why Go Kosher?

Testimonials

Working with Sharon and the KLBD team at KosherFest 2018 was an amazing experience! As one of KLBD’s newer brands, BEAR’s current goal is to get in front of as many people as possible in order to drive trial. Understanding this, Sharon offered to let us share KLBD’s booth this year at KosherFest. This opportunity provided our brand with a up-front spot at an accredited booth. Almost every person that stopped by was able to sample our BEAR Yoyos and take one home for the family. The KLBD team was unmatched in their kindness, generosity, and helpfulness. When I arrived, our boxes and supplies had been unpacked and were easily accessible throughout the show. Sharon was vigilant in promoting our brand and constantly directed people to our display. We highly recommend working with this team and partnering for a show. The BEAR team is proud to be affiliated with KLBD and we look forward to all opportunities to partner together in the future!

Aromatech is a growing food flavour company which wants to match its international customer requirements.

Those demands are increasingly variable and complex but Aromatech has a true adaptation will.

On a growing kosher market, Aromatech was at that time looking for a reliable partner to assist us to get a share on this market.

The first meeting between Aromatech and KLBD agency was held during IFT exhibition in Chicago on November 2013.

Indeed, Aromatech has a subsidiary in Orlando. KLBD has canvassed Aromatech company during this exhibition. With an international recognition, to work with KLBD was obvious.

Today, KLBD is a real partner of Aromatech, sharing its expertise and advising us about Kosher production rules. This alliance with KLBD has led Aromatech to continue its growing and to take its place on the Kosher market.

The London Beth Din has been supplying an excellent Kosher service to R C Treatt for more than 30 years! More recently, this has been extended to our subsidiary company Treatt USA based in Florida, together with our Organic operation, Earthoil Plantations.

During this time, trusted and professional relationships have been built. Treatt Group is a thriving and ever-expanding business, and coupled with our extensive product range and customer base, seeing the LBD Kosher logo on our materials goes a long way to assure our customers that they are receiving quality products.

Given the amount of customers the London Beth Din has in its portfolio, the service Treatt Group continues to receive is exceptional, and no matter how busy, they are always on hand to offer assistance and advice whenever required.

We look forward to continuing our working relationship for many years to come!

KLBD have been providing our Kosher Certification for over 4 years and I can highly recommend their services and in particular:

  • Rapid and effective communication
  • Pragmatic and proactive project management
  • Cost effective services
  • UK and International scope for inspections – we work closely with KLBD with our producers in Switzerland and Italy as well as the UK
  • International respect for their kite mark – we have over 36 export customers and all recognise the KLBD seal of approval.

When we were at the allergy show last weekend I had several families that had heard about us through your efforts at KLBD, which is so fantastic.
Thanks for your brilliant word spreading!!

Our history

Our History

With the return of the Jews to England in 1656, a central religious authority was established in the 1700s. In 1934, with the appointment of the Gaon HaRav Yechezkel Abramsky (the author of Chazon Yechezkel) as Rosh (Head) Beth Din, the London Beth Din (LBD) became a world ranking authority on Jewish law; many of his policies are still followed to this day. The LBD combines both the Beth Din – Rabbinic Court of Justice and the Kosher Division (KLBD). For over a century KLBD has been certifying factories, in 1902 Marmite became kosher certified. Click here for more information on the history of the KLBD.

Meet the team

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Rabbi Akiva Padwa Director of Certification

Rabbi Akiva Osher Padwa, a world renowned expert on kosher law, is the Director of Certification and Senior Rabbinical Coordinator of KLBD and his own certification MKL (Mishmeras Kashrus London). Besides writing numerous articles published in Jewish media, he has given lectures about the dairy industry, whiskey and other prevailing Kosher issues all over the world, from Israel to Australia, USA and Canada. He also gives lectures to the main Kosher organizations via the AKO (Associated Kosher Organisations) in New York and other Rabbinical bodies such as the Rabbinical Council of Europe in Brussels, the Rabbinical Council of Canada (COR) in Toronto and the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC).

Rabbi Akiva Padwa
Director of Certification

Dr Moshe Rosenfeld Senior Rabbinic Coordinator & Chief Chemist

Dr Moshe Rosenfeld, an expert flavour chemist and graduate of Imperial College London and Yeshivot in Manchester and Jerusalem heads our flavouring department utilising a specially designed flavour database. Dr Rosenfeld works together with companies, in particular flavour houses, and develops a unique rapport enabling him to assist companies through the complexities of flavours and kosher ingredients. His extensive knowledge and experience in the global food and beverage industry provides KLBD with a unique insight for solutions to kosher complexities, sought after by many kosher agencies worldwide.

Dr Moshe Rosenfeld
Senior Rabbinic Coordinator & Chief Chemist

Rabbi Shimon Black Rabbinic Coordinator

Rabbi Shimon Black attended Yeshivas Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel, earning his BA in Talmudic Literature, and graduated Manchester University with a BSc in Microbiology. Currently managing the ingredients department, he works closely with clients to review raw materials, ingredients and products. Rabbi Black is responsible for updating ingredients information for the KLBD ingredients database. Additionally, he manages batch productions and the team of rabbinical co-ordinators.

Rabbi Shimon Black
Rabbinic Coordinator

Odeliya Dadoun Certification Assistant

Odeliya serves as Certification Assistant, working closely with Gita Rotenberg on the day to day issuance of certificates and contracts. Odeliya has a BSc in Genetics and an MSc in Immunology with a great deal of experience working in Research in Biotech in Cambridge.

Odeliya Dadoun
Certification Assistant

Rabbi Ariel Eisner Certification Administrator

Rabbi Ariel Eisner attended Yeshivas Nesivos Ahron in Israel and graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook with a BSc in Biology. His primary role includes maintaining and updating the ingredients database of the certified companies and approving tankers for transport of kosher certified products. Ariel also manages applications from our certified companies for new ingredients or new products they wish to add to their kosher certificate.

Rabbi Ariel Eisner
Certification Administrator

Rabbi Pinchas Goldberg Rabbinic Coordinator & Food Technologist

Rabbi Pinchas Goldberg attended Yeshivas in Manchester and Jerusalem. He completed an advanced kashrus training course through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and studied Food Technology at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He joined KLBD in 2018 with 13 years of experience in kosher certification; carrying out factory inspections and authorising ingredients, as well as training hundreds of shomrim (kosher inspectors) over the years. Rabbi Goldberg is responsible for auditing and reviewing the kosher aspects of complex factories and liaising with companies following their audits.

Rabbi Pinchas Goldberg
Rabbinic Coordinator & Food Technologist

Rabbi David Neifeld Rabbinic Coordinator

Rabbi David Neifeld is responsible for liaising with companies following a factory audit. He has professional experience working within various sectors of the Jewish community including Education and Kashrut.

Rabbi David Neifeld
Rabbinic Coordinator

Niral Neumann Certification Administrator

Niral has been working for KLBD since 2014 and is a key player in the KLBD team. Her primary role includes maintaining and updating the ingredients database of the certified companies and approving tankers for transport of kosher certified products. Niral also manages applications from our certified companies for new ingredients or new products they wish to add to their kosher certificate.

Niral Neumann
Certification Administrator

Gita Rotenberg Certification Operations Manager

Gita manages and oversees the day to day issuance of certificates and contracts and liaises closely with all KLBD certified facilities worldwide. She coordinates inspections for factories and organises the schedules, and provides a superb back up and support for the Rabbinical Coordinators and factory inspectors irrespective of the time-zone they find themselves in.

Gita Rotenberg
Certification Operations Manager

Menasche Scharf Rabbinic Coordinator

Menasche is responsible for liaising with companies following a factory audit. His experience in IT and organisational skills are also a valuable asset for the KLBD team. Menasche speaks English, French, German, Dutch, Flemish and Hebrew which assists the certification in communicating with companies.

Menasche Scharf
Rabbinic Coordinator

Rabbi Shlomi Wise Rabbinic Coordinator

Rabbi Shlomi Wise is responsible for liaising with companies following a factory audit. Rabbi Wise learnt at Yeshivas Mir for many years where he gained his semichas (rabbinic ordination).

Rabbi Shlomi Wise
Rabbinic Coordinator