Vaad HaRabbonim of Raritan Valley
One may not eat or derive benefit from chometz which was owned by a Jew during Pesach. The following is a partial list of local stores and their status regarding the purchase of chometz.
All stores under Vaad supervision are acceptable for the purchase of chometz. The Vaad encourages the community to patronize local kosher establishments, whenever possible.
Baked items may be purchased immediately after Pesach, Saturday evening, April 27, from the Vaad-certified Dunkin Donuts. However, items baked on Yom Tov should not be consumed before 9:40pm. In general, throughout the year, one should wait one hour after the end of Shabbos or Yom Tov before eating Dunkin Donuts baked products.
The following establishments are acceptable for the purchase of chometz:
Amazon (orders of chometz should not be placed until the conclusion of Pesach)
eBay (orders of chometz should not be placed until the conclusion of Pesach)
ShopRite (when the individual ShopRite store is owned by a non-Jew, which includes
ShopRite on Route 1 South
ShopRite in East Brunswick
ShopRite of Bound Brook
Any ShopRite with a Kosher Experience
- Stop & Shop and Target are owned by non-Jews, however, C&S (Cohen & Siegel), one of their primary distributors, is Jewish-owned. Some Rabbonim have arranged a sale of the chometz for C&S, but there are divergent halachic opinions about the efficacy of the sale of a food establishment that continues to operate on Pesach. The Vaad recommends waiting until Lag B’Omer, Thursday, May 23rd, to purchase overt chometz from these establishments. (Overt chometz includes cereal, cookies, crackers, pretzels, grains, and flour. Products which contain vinegar, such as mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard, may be purchased, since it is probable that the vinegar is not chometz.)
- C&S does not supply fresh bread. Therefore, fresh bread under hashgocha may be purchased at any non-Jewish owned store, including Stop & Shop and Target, immediately after Pesach.
- Non-chometz items may be purchased from any store (e.g., fruit, vegetables, eggs, cooking oil, etc.)
- Since many alcoholic beverages are either definitely chometz or possibly chometz, they may not be purchased from a Jew who did not sell his chometz. The depletion of inventory in liquor stores takes longer than in supermarkets. As a result, we recommend waiting until after Shavuos before buying alcoholic beverages from a Jewish-owned store that did not arrange for the sale of chometz. Locally, one can purchase alcoholic beverages from Rite Aid, since it is a non-Jewish owned corporation.