Rabbi Steven Weil

Rabbi Steven Weil

Rabbi Steven Weil is Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union.

OU Kosher Keeps On Keeping On

June 16, 2011, by

More praise for visiting speakers from OU Kosher Coming! On erev Shavuos, Rabbi Eli Eleff addressed 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade boys at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, in Edison, NJ. He demonstrated a variety of issues pertaining to kashrus supervision, including such engaging tools as a video overview of the process and an interactive label analysis. On Isru Chag, Rabbi Reuven […]

We Did It Our Way

June 16, 2011, by

More than 140 spent Shabbat in West Orange, NJ for the Our Way Annual Family and Singles Shabbaton. Highlights of the included davening interpreted into American Sign Language, workshops for parents, singles, and teens, and a special camp program for the children. Speakers included Dr. Ronald Hoffman, Director of The Cochlear Implant Center at New York Eye and […]

Taking (Jewish) Action

June 16, 2011, by

The Summer 5771 issue of the OU’s Jewish Action magazine is here, with a cover story on teens entitled, “Getting Their Attention.” Among the articles on this topic, Rabbi Steven Burg, International Director of NCSY, writes on “Keeping Our Kids on the Derech,” while “Reaching the iPod Generation” includes vignettes from OU staff writer extraordinaire Bayla Sheva Brenner and eight NCSY […]

IPA Mission to DC

June 16, 2011, by

As I mentioned last week, I was privileged to serve as Shavuos scholar-in-residence at theYoung Israel of North Beverly Hills, a very warm and gracious community that is currently completing a building project that will better enable them to serve as the hub for the local Jewish population. While I was there, I was fortunate […]

Have a Meaningful Shavuos

June 7, 2011, by

On behalf of everyone at the OU family, I want to wish you and your extended family a meaningful and wonderful Shavuos. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and support in all our endeavors. Don’t eat too much cheese cake. Make sure to have a number of fleishig meals as well.

Celebrating Yom Yerushalayim and the Zula

June 7, 2011, by

On Yom Yerushalayim, the Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center presented a special concert of songs about Jerusalem. The concert was held on the Hebrew University campus on Mt. Scopus and was a benefit for the Pearl and Harold Jacobs Outeach Zula Center, which provides a safe haven in downtown Jerusalem for hundreds of at-risk teens. Over 800 attended the concert, […]

OU Welcomes Josh Pruzansky

June 7, 2011, by

We are pleased to welcome Josh Pruzansky, who has joined the OU as NJ Regional Director of Public Policy. In a statement, OU President Dr. Simcha Katz said that “no communal issue…is more crucial than making observant Jewish life affordable for families. The tuition crisis threatens our community’s future. Josh’s addition to the IPA underscores our focus on […]

The Week at a Glance

June 6, 2011, by

I was at the Congregation Keter Torah (“the Roemer shul”) in Teaneck this past Shabbos, where I spoke on the topic of “Judaism’s Greatest Lightning Rod.” The greatest divide in Judaism today can be typified by how one looks at the nazir – is he an aberration or an ideal? There is a famous machlokes as to whether or […]

Shylock Redux

June 2, 2011, by

For those who have requested a link to “Shylock, Shakespeare and the Jews: Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice,” the program we co-sponsored at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, I am pleased to tell you that it is now available online here. Enjoy!