Orthodox Union

Israel Free Spirit

December 11, 2013, by

This week, I’d like to update you on the OU’s Israel Free Spirit (IFS) Birthright trips, which are poised for their biggest winter session ever. This year, they will be sending 24 buses (up from 17 last year) with participants from a pool of 1,858 applicants (up 17%). As impressive as those numbers are, let’s […]

Last Week in San Antonio

November 22, 2013, by

Last week my daughter and I were fortunate enough to spend Shabbos in the Orthodox community of San Antonio, Texas. The community has been under the remarkable leadership of Rabbi Aryeh and Judy Scheinberg for the last 40 years. Rabbi Scheinberg, whose father was a prominent rabbi in Brighton Beach, explained to me how he […]

Cuba

November 1, 2013, by

Last week, OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Steven Weil and Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Paul Glasser led a small delegation of donors and potential donors to Cuba. In conjunction with the Joint Distribution Committee, a license was finally secured to visit in order to strengthen the Jewish community there. The delegation visited all three […]

Communal Leaders Met With Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

November 1, 2013, by

  Right to left: OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Steven Weil, AIPAC board member Dr. Mort Fridman, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, NYC Councilman David Greenfield, and OU Advocacy New York State Director of Political Affairs Jeff Leb. This group of communal leaders and elected officials came together to discuss a variety of issues including a nuclear Iran, Syrian weapons of mass destruction, and local issues of […]

OU Privileged to Host Rabbi Haskel Lookstein

October 14, 2013, by

The OU was privileged to host Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Senior Rabbi of OU-member synagogue Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (KJ) on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Rabbi Lookstein is one of the most significant personalities in modern Jewish life. In his visit to the OU, he met with staff and discussed his 55 years as a pulpit rabbi. […]

Analysis of the Pew Research Report

October 14, 2013, by

Last week, OU and RCA congregational rabbis and shul presidents heard a skilled analysis of the recently-released Pew Research report on American Jewry. Preeminent American Jewish sociologist Professor Steven M. Cohen, a research professor at Hebrew Union College who served as senior consultant to the Pew organization for the study, visited the OU to appear […]

The Mesoras HaRav Chumash: Sefer Bereishis

September 16, 2013, by

OU Press proudly announces publication of The Mesoras HaRav Chumash: Sefer Bereishis with commentary based on the teachings of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, edited by Dr. Arnold Lustiger. For the first time, the Rav’s profound insights into Chumash have been assembled and presented in the form of a commentary on the text of […]

OU Torah

August 28, 2013, by

We have had a relative lull this past week, in between the hustle and bustle of the various OU summer programs and the hectic schedule of our Tishrei holidays, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about OU Torah, spearheaded by OU Torah Editor Rabbi Jack Abramowitz. OU Torah includes a broad spectrum […]

New Jersey NCSY at Great Adventure Chol Hamoed Sukkot

September 13, 2012, by

Each year on Chol Hamoed Sukkot, New Jersey NCSY hosts thousands of families at Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Responding to an increased demand for shorter lines and a more religious atmosphere, NCSY is renting out the entire park for an exclusive day on Thursday, October 4 from 1:00-8:00 pm. Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, Regional Director […]