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Bomb In Jerusalem

March 24, 2011, by

We were rocked yesterday by the news of a terrorist attack at Jerusalem’s central bus station. A bomb planted by terrorists exploded, killing at least one and injuring more than 30 innocent Israelis. This heartless act is all the more painful as we’re still reeling from the heinous murders in Itamar. In a statement, OU […]

A Week of Tragedies

March 17, 2011, by

This may be the saddest week I’ve had to write about since starting this blog. First, I was going to report that David Kandelman, an NCSY alumnus (class of 2009), passed away while serving in the IDF. He was buried in Israel and we wish his family a nechama. Then, the tragedy in Japan struck. An […]

HaRav Noson Tzvi Finkel shlita at the OU

March 10, 2011, by

At the OU we were extremely privileged to enjoy a visit from HaRav Noson Tzvi Finkel shlita, Rosh HaYeshiva of the Mirrer. The Rosh Yeshiva attended as part of the Harry H. Beren ASK OU Outreach Program, which has invited a number of prominent rabbonim to address the kashrus staff at the OU. Rav Finkel was joined […]

Hinei Mah Tov U’mah NAIM

March 3, 2011, by

We just concluded NAIM, NJCD/Yachad’s annual North American Inclusion Month. The month-long initiative to raise awareness of inclusion issues for Jews with special needs culminated with Shabbatonim in six communities: Fair Lawn, West Orange, East Brunswick, West Hempstead, Toronto, and Washington, DC. On Sunday, NJ Yachad ran its second annual Special Needs Parent Conference and Resource […]

Israel Leadership Mission

February 24, 2011, by

This past week, I attended, along with OU Chairman of the Board Stephen J. Savitsky and IPA Director Nathan Diament, the Israel Leadership Mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. 110 representatives of the most prominent and influential Jewish voices in America met for candid and heartfelt discussion with Israel’s top leaders, up to and […]

OU Florida Weekend

February 10, 2011, by

This past Shabbos, I attended the most recent OU Community Weekend in Florida. This round included the Boca Raton Synagogue, Anshei Chesed (in Boynton Beach), the Palm Beach Synagogue, the Young Israel of Deerfield Beach, Beth Israel Congregation (in Miami Beach), the Young Israel of Hollywood, and the Young Israel of Bal Harbour. (Actually, the […]

Ben Zakkai Honor Society Reception

February 3, 2011, by

This past weekend was the annual Ben Zakkai Honor Society Reception. For those of you unfamiliar with Ben Zakkai, it is the honor society of NCSY alumni. They raise money to assist NCSYers with attending Summer Programs, Yarchei Kallah, yeshiva or seminary in Israel, and more. This year’s reception was something truly special. Aside from the fact that […]

Experience Convention for Yourself / Torah Torah Torah

February 3, 2011, by

Maybe you couldn’t make it to the OU’s One-Day Conference on Jewish Life. Even if you did attend, you still had to choose from among many concurrently-scheduled discussions. Now you can see and hear what you missed. The day’s programming is now online as The One-Day Virtual Conference. Experience it all here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Torah, Torah, Torah […]

New OU Kashrut Chair Appointed/ Positive Convention Feedback

January 27, 2011, by

Feedback on the OU National Convention continues to pour in. I am gratified by all the very positive comments we have been receiving, from staff, from lay leaders, and from the community at large. You may be interested in one particularly thorough write-up of the event that appeared in the NJ Jewish Standard. In the words […]