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THE YOSHON NETWORK INC

Helping to make the mitzvah of yoshon easier.

aka TYNI, Yoshon.com   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  https://yoshon.com

Mission

The Yoshon Network Inc. is a US-based organization, but we cater to people (via online services) throughout the world. Our religious organization is focused on educating people on the observance of a subset of kosher dietary laws practiced by many Orthodox Jews, called "Yoshon", also pronounced "Yashan". In the modern age of food commercial production, Yoshon has become a very complex law. We help to simplify it by providing an educational and informative website, "Yoshon.com", which provides many services. The most popular feature is our searchable Online Database to help people determine which products are yoshon and which are the forbidden "chodosh". Our site (and connected app) enables people to look up the information on their mobile devices right in the store as they shop.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director/Treasurer

Mrs. Chasya Katriela Eshkol

Main address

18402 N 19th Ave Ste 342

Phoenix, AZ 85023 USA

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EIN

47-1603206

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Jewish (X30)

Jewish (X30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We don't do promotions and have limited fundraising activities. TYNI is volunteer-only, and we rely solely on public donations to run our website, newsletter, and WhatsApp groups. It is important to note that purchases of the app are NOT donations, and goes only for upkeep, security, updates, and maintenance of the app program itself. During the heart of the chodosh season, our Executive Director works on TYNI full-time, 6 days a week for at least 14 hours a day with no compensation at all. TYNI did away with all phone answering services, as it was too time consuming. We still offer texts, chats, email, and the WhatApp Groups, so there are plenty of alternatives for people to reach TYNI.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Yoshon.com Website

The main focus of our work is our website Yoshon.com featuring a searchable database enabling Orthodox Jews to find current information on kosher grain products and their Yoshon status. It also offers many educational articles on how to keep yoshon, and instructions and tools to help figure out date codes. There are currently almost 2,400 product entries on our site to date.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Orthodox Jews

Our Official Yoshon.com Mobile App was released in April 2022, and is available on the App Store and Google Play. Connecting directly to Yoshon.com, the app acts as a safe, secure and kosher browser.
This continues our mission of helping people easily find out the information they need on products that are listed in our site's database.
The App works in the same way as the Yoshon.com website, but it features a lightning-fast scanner. When a product's UPC barcode is scanned, if we have information on that product, it connects instantly to our site when a product's UPC barcode is scanned. Currently, there are nearly 9,000 UPC Bar Code numbers stored on our site.
We recently included a User's Guide on our site available for download on the App page.
As of the end of 2023, there were 1,120 active apps installed.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Orthodox Jews

In March 2019, we started a newsletter subscription service that reports current news in the yoshon world. We send out yoshon alerts on affected products or establishments. Once a month, we have a newsletter that recaps all of the previous month's news, and adds any new news that has not yet been reported.
There are currently 487 subscribers as of this update on 1/19/24.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Orthodox Jews

Our first Yoshon.com WhatsApp Group was started in July 2019 and has been extremely successful. When Groups 1, 2, and 3 reached capacity, Group 4 was started.
All groups get current news updates, and members have access to the Admins for questions on yoshon products throughout the day. Most members are from the USA, but other members reside in Canada, Israel, the UK, Netherlands, Brazil, India, and Mexico.
When a rash of spam bombs were sent to many Jewish WA Groups in September 2021, we implemented a safety feature called the WAPBot (WhatsApp Police Bot), a mandatory security signup process to keep the Groups safe from spam and other unsavory posts. This security measure has been extremely effective.
Between the four groups, there are currently 1,177 WhatsApp group members as of this update 1/19/23.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Orthodox Jews

In February 2020, a videos page was created, then later in January 2021 an audios page was created. These feature shiurim and learning opportunities on the subject of yoshon from well-known rabbis and certification agencies.
We still hope to eventually add some of our own - "Yoshon.com Video TidBits", that will be short videos from 1-5 minutes explaining different aspects of keeping yoshon. We hope to incorporate some date code aids on our website in the future.
In October 2023, we introduced our Tools page, that has some helpful tools for calculating date codes with our Julian to Gregorian Date Converter. This page will hopefully be expanded as time goes on to include even more online tools.

Population(s) Served

Due to our limited staff and the abundance of questions we get, TYNI implemented a chat bot "Yoshon Artificial Intelligence Robot" (YAIR) in July 2020. It helps address many questions that are erroneously asked, saving time and resources. It also directs visitors to the places where they can get the information they need on their questions. It works harmoniously with our online yoshon database.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Orthodox Jews

The "TYNI Product Manual" was created in cooperation with Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) in which TYNI is a Media Member.
The TYNI Product Manual, debuted in December 2023, is an interactive pdf document, listing the status and date codes of most of the products found on the Yoshon.com website.
As one may expect from TYNI, the document is searchable, has hyperlinks throughout for easy navigation, and can also be downloaded and printed. It also contains the specialized Yoshon.com lists for current yoshon cereals, flours, beers, and hechsherim.
The TYNI Manual is updated regularly every few days, as Yoshon.com gets updated, so it is always current when viewed online.
There are future plans for AKO to print and distribute the "TYNI Product Manual" to various physical locations in the upcoming 5784-5785 chodosh season, for those who do not access the internet.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Orthodox Jews
Adults
Orthodox Jews

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to be able to remain self-sufficient in meeting the expenses of our organization by means of public donations alone. B"H, so far we have so far been able to this without having to resort to membership fees or other forms of extra fund-raising, not counting the app fundraiser. It was voted on by the Board that the Yoshon.com App would need to have a small access fee when people sign up for it to enable it to remain secure and have regular updates for the safety of all users.
We have already accomplished our goal of bringing as much easily-accessible information to the yoshon-keeping public as possible and will continue to do so.

The addition of YAIR was a large help, and we did away with any phone answering services, yet still allow texting. This also helped to save some time.
We now have additional Admins on our four WhatsApp groups, and thank them for their continued help in answering the questions of the yoshon-keeping public.

Our website is top-ranking and reaches thousands of people. Our newsletter reaches hundreds of people as well, and all email addresses are kept totally private, as we never make them available to third-parties.
We have over 1,000 WhatsApp Group members, and between all of these, we should be able to meet most if not all of our goals.

We have accomplished being self -sufficient, meeting our visitor's needs, and educating Jews on everything yoshon. We have also been quite successful in addressing people's questions in a prompt manner. YAIR also has been a big help with fielding questions to where people can lean what they want to know.

Financials

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THE YOSHON NETWORK INC

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Chasya Eshkol

The Yoshon Network Inc.

Term: 2014 -

Avrohom Weinrib

The Yoshon Network Inc.

Leah Newmark

The Yoshon Network Inc.

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Orthodox Jew
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data