Orthodox Union

The OU Pesach Guide is Here!

March 31, 2011, by

The invaluable annual OU Guide to Passover has arrived! Among the many people to be thanked for this indispensable contribution to Jewish life are Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Singer,Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz, Rabbi Aharon Brun-Kestler, Rabbi Eli Eleff, Rabbi Yosef Grossman, Avigail Klein, David Olivestone, Rabbi David Polsky, Rabbi Gavriel Price, Carrie Beylus, Yocheved Lefkovits, Raizy Rosenfeld and […]

OU Welcomes New Director of Community Engagement

March 31, 2011, by

I’d like to welcome Rabbi Judah Isaacs of Teaneck, NJ, who joins us as the OU’s firstDirector of Community Engagement. Rabbi Isaacs comes to us with a background replete with experience in developing creative and impactful programs for shuls and communities. He has a well-earned reputation as an “innovative doer” who works closely with lay people […]

Youth Summit on the West Coast

March 24, 2011, by

Shortly before Purim, the Synagogue Services department of the OU held another successful youth professionals summit, this time in Los Angeles. This event presented a tremendous opportunity for youth workers from LA to San Diego to get together, network and learn from one another. Presentations included a session on How Shuls, Schools and Youth Programs Can Work […]

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 […]