Batya Rosner

Batya Rosner is a staff writer of the Orthodox Union and

ASK OU 12 Internship Raises Bar for Excellence in the Field of Kashrus

September 8, 2014, by

On the opening day of ASK OU 12, Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer pondered the many ways of whey. As the OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator in the dairy industry, and Chairman of the OU Dairy Committee, Rabbi Gordimer delved into the technical composition of milk before proceeding to a discussion of the relevant halachic sources applied to

Changing the Face of Women’s Jewish Education on Campus: JLIC Queens College Launches Full-Fledged Midrasha

August 18, 2014, by

When Rabbi Robby and Shoshana Charnoff arrived at Queens College two years ago as the inaugural Torah Educators of the Orthodox Union’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program at Queens, they emphasized their goal of “transforming a commuter campus into a Queens College Jewish Community.” The Charnoffs serve as Torah educators, role models

Yad B’Yad 2014: Inclusion and Friendship Know No Borders

August 12, 2014, by

In one week, the staff of Yachad was able to accomplish what normally takes months of planning. When recent events in Israel rerouted summer plans to the West Coast for 190 Yad B’Yad participants, the message was loud and clear that inclusion and friendship know no borders. Hebrew for “hand in hand,” Yad B’Yad (YBY)

Putting East Brunswick On The Map

July 31, 2014, by

As first time participants in the OU Home and Job Relocation Fair (popularly known as the OU Jewish Communities Fair), representatives of the Young Israel of East Brunswick (YIEB) in central New Jersey knew a game plan was necessary to achieve their goal of enticing young families to move there. Priding itself as “a one

Pledge to End the “R” Word

July 24, 2014, by

Three teen leaders recently turned a summer Sunday in Toronto into an opportunity for public advocacy, raising awareness on the importance of changing our language—specifically the slurred use of the word retarded. “Unfortunately, people still use the word frequently,” Hannah Tessel, 18, of Riverdale, informed. Hannah, an active member of the Yachad Youth Leadership Council

Champion of the Jewish People and Friend to the OU: Radio Host Nachum Segal

February 26, 2014, by

When the Nachum Segal Network ( announced that it would air its first-ever “Kosher Halftime Show” during the recent Super Bowl XLVIII, the Orthodox Union jumped on board as a co-sponsor. “I reach more Jews every day than the prime minister of Israel,” Nachum matter-of-factly told Tablet Magazine in a feature interview this week, “A

Infographic: Where Did We Go Wrong?

February 12, 2014, by

The Pew Report on American Jewish life has created quite a buzz for the past few months.   What to make of all the numbers? What can we—average people, congregational leadership, communal workers—do about it? Invite. Communicate. Engage. To provide context for increased outreach efforts and to better understand the impact of these results, the Orthodox

Preparing For The Big Shabbat

February 11, 2014, by

If I had nine months to plan my wedding, I probably would have been a calmer bride. Probably not.  I don’t handle the unknown well. As a new kallah, one of my mentors reminded me and my chattan that the wedding day was just a few hours long and advised us not to get hung

An Inclusive Job Fair: Would We Not Want That For Everyone?

January 28, 2014, by

In his recent article, “Workplaces for Everyone,” published on, Micah Fleisig writes, “Aside from financial necessities that jobs support, individuals obviously gather more than just money through work. People receive purpose, organization and routine, confidence, relationships, and a place in a community. Jobs allow people to face and overcome challenges, learn from others, learn