About Us

“Bisra” is the ancient Aramaic word for “meat” . It is both the inspiration for our business and our mission statement to provide the best quality and widest variety of Kosher meats available. Meat in the traditional, original sense, and in all of its glory. From the common to the rare, our goal is to offer an unparalleled selection of cuts from both the front and the back half, nose to tail, the way it was always done.

Raising the bar in the Kosher meat industry, we invite you to try some of the unique cuts and meats that we provide, and it is our hope that making these cuts available here in the New York area – just as they are in Israel – will inspire a new generation of innovation and variety in the Kosher kitchen.

Check out our Beit Yosef, USDA choice beef and the variety of delicious cuts of goat and lamb, and be sure to check out our grass-fed, free-range sections for the utmost in quality and flavor of pastured, grass-finished meat. And don’t miss our meat.edu columns with information on cooking recommendations, methods of preparation, the ideal use of the variety of cuts, and the differences between the grass- and grain-finished meats.

About Rabbi Avidan Elkin

Rabbi Avidan Elkin learned in Yeshivat Ma’or Tuviah in Mizpeh Yeriho, Israel. After 6 years of study, he received his Semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from the Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Shabbtai Sabbato, Shlit”a. Rav Elkin is also a certified Shohet, Menaqer, and Sofer, and is currently training for certification in Millah.

Click the following links to view letters of certification from Rabbi Sabbato [English | Hebrew], Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim, Av Beit Din of the Sepharadi communities of Queens, NY, and Rabbi Yehudah Giat, expert Shohhet and Menaqer in Jersualem.

Rav Elkin is a full-time faculty member in the Mechinah Program at Yeshivah University, where he teaches students from literally all over the world. He also writes Gittin for several Batei Din in the New York-New Jersey area, including the Beth Din of Elizabeth, NJ, and the Sepharadic Beit Din of Rav Eliyahu Ben Haim, Shlit”a, in Queens, NY.

After 5 years as the Rav of the Sephardic Center of Fair Lawn, NJ (2006-2010), Rabbi Elkin and his family moved to Manhattan’s Upper West Side to serve as the Rav of the West Side Sephardic Synagogue from 2010 to 2013. Rabbi Elkin currently serves as the Rav of New York City’s Sephardi Center on West 100th Street and Columbus Avenue.

Before leaving for Yeshivah study in Israel, Rabbi Elkin completed his BA at New York University, with three major concentrations: French Language & Literature, German Language & Literature, & Economics. A fluent speaker of Hebrew, English, French, & German, Rabbi Elkin uses his multilingual background to reach out and connect with Jews from all four corners of the world.

Why choose us?

All of our products are certified Glatt Kosher & to the Beit Yosef’s standards under the supervision of Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim, Av Beit Din of the Sepharadi communities of Queens, NY, and president of BD”Z Mekor Haim, of Queens.

Bisra Meats LLC is proud to offer many products that are not commonly available on the Kosher market. Aside from the variety of meats, we offer an unsurpassed diversity of cuts and organ meats from all of the animals that we process. All of these cuts are soaked, salted, and packaged in our Hackensack, NJ facility.

Most of these cuts were previously available in North America until about 30 years ago, when for economic reasons the Niqur (aka “treboring”, or porging) of certain parts of the back half of Kosher mammals fell out of favor with the Kosher meat packing industry. Some cuts from the back half are still largely available (e.g. skirt steaks, hanger steaks, oxtails, and liver), but those muscles that require more time to properly clean have all but disappeared, much to the dismay of the Kosher chef and consumer.

It is our mission and our goal to revive the forgotten variety of meats and cuts that are and always have been Kosher. It is our Hashqafah (philosophy) that every Kosher meat item has its purpose, its own culinary use, and deserves its full respect, and we strive to make all of the forgotten cuts (and at least some of the forgotten animals!) once more available to the Kosher consumer.

For more information regarding Niqur, e-mail us at [email protected]

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