The girls of the 613th Thornhill Pathfinder Unit of the Canadian Girl Guides have been eager to sell the organization’s traditional cookies since the unit was founded three years ago. There was just one problem: they weren’t even allowed to bring the cookies into the synagogue where the unit meets.
Mother Sara Silverman told the Canadian Jewish News that she and friend Michelle Nauenberg started the group so that their daughters could participate in the Girl Guides (the Canadian equivalent of the Girl Scouts), without missing activities scheduled for the Sabbath. The 31 girls meet on Sundays at Temple Beth Avraham Yoseph in Thornhill, a predominantly Jewish suburb of Toronto.
But they were unable to participate in the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser. However, the group realized that the “classic chocolate & vanilla sandwich cookies” contained no unkosher ingredients. The Orthodox Union, the world’s largest kosher organization, was brought in to confirm that no cross-contamination occurred during production, and then offered certification. The sandwich cookies are sold during the spring.
However, the “chocolatey mint cookies” sold during the fall do contain some unkosher ingredients, and are not certified.
The OU also certifies all varieties of American Girl Scout cookies as kosher. Traditional Girl Scout cookie season extends from now through March.