His career in Kashrus has included working with  HaRov Pinchas Teitz, z"l and Harav Shloime Twerski z”tl, the Denver Rav, for the KAJ; the Satmar Central Rabbinical Congress; the Tzelemer Rov, Harav Yidel Gruber and the Nirbator Rov. He has worked in the coordination of Passover resort programs in Mexico and in the Carribean for the ORB, the KOA, and independently.
Yisroel served for many years in  New York as Director of the Vaad Hakashruth of Syracuse, strengthening community-wide kashrus standards while supervising the kashruth in a dozen food establishments including institutional kitchens. As the Central New York representative for the OU while in Syracuse, Yisroel also inspected food processors and did occasional work for the OK and Hisachdus Harabonim. He was also employed as a “Kosher Cop” by Rabbi Shulem Rubin in the Kosher Law  Enforcement division of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

As an independent consultant, Yisroel Finman has drawn from over 45 years experience in the kashrus field to assist in establishing the infrastructure of Kosher Balkan.

He has served Balkan Kosher since 2012 and currently resides in Tirana, Albania.

Mr Vassaras has been in exports since 1995, first in clothing sector and then as Exports Manager in various fields (telematics, clothing, cosmetics and food). He runs his own office of exports consultants since 2011 and provides various export services like exports coaching, religious certifications, participation in various International exhibitions (Fi Europe, Map-Expo and Food Panorama) and seminars in exports and religious certifications.

He is the official Partner in S.E. Europe for Halal Certifications Services GmbH (Switzerland), Balkan Kosher (US), UBM Fi-Global (Netherlands) and NBI International (Netherlands)

Mr Vassaras is married with 3 children, and apart from Greek he also speaks fluently English and German.


57001 Thermi, Thessaloniki


tel    +  30 2310 474115

fax    + 30 2310 472984

mob + 30 6951 800865

skype: thomas-greekexports


Born in Zurich in 1971, Mr Vassaras studied Economics/Business Administration in Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki and completed his MBA in International Business and Exports Management (IBEX) in City University Business School in London (now knows as Cass Business School). He is an elected MoB of SEVE (Greek International Business Association) since 2006.