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Meet Our Staff

Rabbi Ben-Tzion Welton

Chief Executive Officer

Rabbi Welton holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from City College of New York and Rabbinical Ordination from Ayshel Avraham Rabbinical Seminary of Monsey, New York.He founded Sun-K kosher in 1996 in response to the surge of food production in the California economy. During his tenure at the helm of Sunrise Kosher, he has developed partnerships with international kosher agencies such as the OU, OK, and KOF-K. Affectionately known as "Rabbi Ben", he is proud of his open accessibility to the owners, managers, and offices of our clients and has been known to take calls at all hours of the day and night. Running the Sunrise Kosher offices out of Berkeley, CA, Rabbi Welton takes a hands-on approach to educating, visiting, and assisting new clients in becoming kosher certified.

Rabbi Levy Zirkind

Rabbinic Administrator

Rabbi Zirkind received rabbinical ordination from Tomchei Temimim Rabbinical Seminary of New York City and is a member of Agudas Harabbonim of the USA and Canada. In addition to being the Executive Director of Chabad of Fresno, he has been the Rabbinic Administrator for Sunrise Kosher for over a decade. He is internationally renown for his expertise in the kosher industry by the OU, OK, and other kosher certification agencies and brings that authority to his role as Rabbinic Administrator.Additionally, he has been involved with the Kosher industry for over twenty years and is currently pursuing an advanced rabbinical degree to further his specialization.Having worked with production plants, farms, caterers, food retail vendors and restaurants Rabbi Zirkind has extensive knowledge which enables him to cater to the individual clients of Sunrise Kosher. Rabbi Zirkind resides in Fresno, CA, with his family.

Mrs. Sharona Welton

Office Administrator

Mrs. Sharona Welton has been working for Sunrise Kosher since the late 1990's. She holds a doctorate from UC Davis and grew up in Redwood City, California. Her organizational skills and attention to detail are strong assets in an industry where these traits are paramount. Mrs. Sharona Welton is a proud grandmother of eight grandchildren, so far, thank G-d.

Rabbi Yitzchok Feldman

Chairman of the Executive Board

Rabbi Feldman holds degrees from Yale University and Mercaz HaTorah in English Literature and Rabbinic Ordination respectively. He currently serves as the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Emek Beracha in Palo Alto, CA, and also holds a seat on the Executive Board for Sunrise Kosher. Rabbi Feldman is an authority in the laws, policies, and history of "Kosher" and brings his expertise to his advisory role.