Orthodox Union

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 […]

There’s an OU for You

January 20, 2011, by

We’re very proud of our new OU video, assembled by NCSY Director of Marketing Duvi Stahler, which premiered at the convention. Kudos also go to Olivia Wiznitzer (Associate Program Director, Alumni Connections) and Dan Jeselsohn (who manages all manner of multimedia content for the web department) for their contributions to this endeavor. If you watch one video this week, this should be […]

OU National Convention is this Weekend

January 13, 2011, by

This weekend, January 14-16, 2011, is The Orthodox Union National Convention at The Hilton at Woodcliff Lake, NJ. You can read a nice write-up of the convention in The Jewish Standard. Sunday of the convention is our One-Day Conference on Jewish Life. I hope that you will join us and encourage others in your shul and your community […]

OU Press Publication Wins Award/ OU Birthright Israel

January 13, 2011, by

OU Press publishes many noteworthy books. Some of the more familiar publications include collections of The Rav, Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks‘ Covenant and Conversation,Rabbi Shmuel Goldin‘s Unlocking the Torah Text, and many others. We are especially proud of the many fine liturgical works published with Koren. OU Press’ Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot, edited by Rabbi Simon Posner, executive […]