OU President Stephen J. Savitsky to Visit Atlanta, Shabbat Weekend of March 7-8
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Atlanta’s Beth Jacob Congregation, an OU member congregation, the weekend of March 7-8, to attend Shabbat services and to meet with the community’s leadership and membership.
The Atlanta visit will be the sixth in a planned year-long, 10-city North American Presidential Community Tour for the New York-based OU leader, as he brings the organization's message far and wide, while at the same time receiving feedback from member congregations about their needs and how the OU can respond to them. The tour emphasizes smaller Jewish communities. In the past months, Mr. Savitsky visited Vancouver; St. Louis; Charleston, SC, the Highland Park, NJ-area, and Southfield, Detroit.
According to Mr. Savitsky, “Each trip will be an opportunity to meet fellow Jews in an OU community and to understand their needs, the particular areas of concern they have, and how we can be of service to them.” In addition, Mr. Savitsky said, the trip will “expand upon the concept of Kol Yisroel Arevim Zeh Bah Zeh – the teaching that all Jews are responsible for one another. “
The OU has a strong presence in Atlanta area, which is also the home of the NCSY Southern Region; NCSY is the youth program of the Orthodox Union. On Friday morning, Southern Regional Director Rabbi Chaim Neiditch will be taking Mr. Savitsky to speak to some Jewish Student Union (JSU) clubs in the area. JSU is the NCSY-offshoot that brings Torah to public high school teens with little or no knowledge of Judaism.
For more information on Mr. Savitsky's visit contact Rabbi Bini Maryles, Director of Synagogue Services at 212-613-8226.