Orthodox Union

Ben Zakkai Honor Society Dinner 2014

January 30, 2014, by

Sunday night’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society dinner was a wonderful example of Orthodox Union lay and professional leadership working together to present six new BZHS inductees and a magnificent tribute to Anne Samson a”h. Anne, who was inducted posthumously into Ben Zakkai, NCSY‘s “Hall of Fame,” played a crucial role in enabling her husband Lee, NCSY’s […]

Tu b’Shevat with JLIC

January 30, 2014, by

On the college campus, when finals and winter break occupy students’ minds, Tu b’Shevat is an exciting time but often a missed opportunity. Our JLIC educators on college campuses across North America took steps to ensure that Tu b’Shevat did not pass without proper celebration. At Princeton University, students took some time to relax during […]

Pesach is Coming…

January 3, 2014, by

Pesach is coming – and so is the OU’s highly-anticipated annual guide to all things Pesach-related! In addition to complete listings of OU-P and kosher-for-Passover-year-round products, this year’s guide will feature Passover FAQs, a kashering primer, Seder shiurim, recipe substitutes, medicines and non-food items, and more! Visit www.ou.org/guide to place your order. Please note: if you receive Jewish […]

NCSY’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society 19th Annual Scholarship Reception

January 3, 2014, by

On Sunday, January 26, NCSY’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society will be holding their 19th annual scholarship reception. This year’s event promises to be especially touching, as it salutes the legacy of Anne Samson a”h, whose untimely passing a few short months ago has deeply affected her friends and associates throughout the OU and NCSY. Anne, […]

NCSYers at Masbia Soup Kitchen

December 11, 2013, by

Over 40 Brooklyn NCSYers went to the Masbia Soup Kitchen to help feed and provide some encouragement to people in need. While they were there, a news crew from WPIX came in to do a story that, for whatever reason, they were not able to do. Upon seeing a large group of Jewish teens, they […]


December 11, 2013, by

Things have been busy for JLIC at NYU! Recent programs have included: the annual “Sandwich Making and Speed Friend-Making” with Yachad, which gives students the opportunity to interact with Yachad members and to make sandwiches for the needy; the “Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon” to benefit Yachad; and “Round Table Discussions with OWL” (the Orthodox Women’s […]

OU West Coast’s Annual Torah Convention

December 11, 2013, by

The OU West Coast‘s annual Torah Convention starts tomorrow, Thursday, December 12 to Sunday, December 15. The theme will be “Traditional Judaism in the New Millennium.” The convention’s closing plenary discussion will be a panel discussion titled “Talking Tachlis – Dealing with the Contemporary Challenges Facing Today’s Orthodox Families,” featuring Dr. Yocheved Dubow, Rabbi Reuven Bulka, […]

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 […]


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 […]