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Zach Braff Stars in New Ad for Yeshiva University

February 13, 2014, by

The popular actor, famous for his role as Dr. John Dorian in the television show “Scrubs,” is part of Yeshiva University’s “Nowhere But Here” campaign. The video, part ad, part Purim Shpiel, has Braff talking about where he went for a great Jewish and secular education. (Braff, who describes himself as having a strong “Conservative/Orthodox upbringing,” actually went

“Letters to President Clinton” Book Launch Event: Pictures and Video

February 13, 2014, by

At a recent community event hosted by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik at Shearith Israel in New York City, Senator Lieberman, Rabbi Genack, Rabbi Soloveichik and renowned Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, talked a range of topics from President Lincoln’s Jewish Doctor to  Rabbi Genack’s relationship with President Clinton. The new book, Letters to President Clinton, can be purchased at www.OUpress.org.

For a Black Chasid, Hate on Both Sides

February 6, 2014, by

What’s it like, being a black chasid? For Ben Faulding, it means racism on both sides of the block. “There is racism in every community and the Jewish community is no different,” said Faulding. “I hate to say that the Jewish community is racist but it is something that happens.” He gets comments from the

Secret to a Happy Marriage? Prepare for the Worst

February 3, 2014, by

Three Orthodox Union member congregations in St. Louis recently hosted a post-nuptial agreement signing. More than 40 couples signed halachic documents designed to prevent the wives from becoming agunot, chained women, in the event of divorce. “The St. Louis community is to be commended for raising awareness of the importance of both halachic pre-nuptial agreements,

Making College a Kosher Experience

January 28, 2014, by

OU’s Heart to Heart Spotlighted in Tablet Magazine A story in Tablet Magazine about available kosher meal options on college campuses begins with the infamous kosher toaster story of Harvard University (which led to perhaps the Harvard Crimson’s best headline: “Students Support Kosher Toaster”). The article documents the rise of kosher cuisine on campus and

The OU Mourns the Passing of Ariel Sharon

January 12, 2014, by

When Ariel Sharon a”h suffered a debilitating stroke eight years ago, few expected him to live. The strength that he showed to survive, even in the face of mortal illness, duplicated the strength he displayed as a warrior, a politician and a statesman. Israel’s divinely-ordained survival in the Yom Kippur War played out in great

Searching for God at Trader Joe’s

November 21, 2013, by

Rabbi Daniel Cohen ventures to Trader Joe’s in Stamford Ct to find out what we are all grateful for this Thanksgiving. Rabbi Daniel Cohen is the senior rabbi of OU member synagogue Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT.

Guide to Keeping Kosher in Israel

November 20, 2013, by

Planning a trip to Israel? Check out the OU Kosher Israel Guide, a joint effort of the OU Israel Center and OU Kosher. Both organizations understand the complexities of kashrut in Israel. It is important to be aware that there are more aspects to kosher food in Israel than there are elsewhere. The OU Kosher Israel Guide discusses a variety of subjects of interest: what is

New Resource for Jewish Genetic Information Launched – GeneSights.com

November 13, 2013, by

The Program for Jewish Genetic Health, a joint initiative of Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, recently launched a new online educational resource called the GeneSights Jewish Genetics Online Educational Series, to educate people about the various genetic health conditions that affect the Jewish community. The website, www.genesights.com, is free to registered