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How is the OU Israel Emergency Fund Helping? Reports from the Field

July 15, 2014, by

Below are a collection of reports on how OU the Israel Emergency Fund is helping during this time of crisis: Wednesday, August 13 The OU solidarity mission returned to the U.S. in late July but the spirit of chesed remains. The mission as privileged to have numerous encounters with IDF soldiers who had just returned

Updates from Israel: Your Words and Images

July 11, 2014, by

We asked the Jewish community at large to share their words and images about the current situation in Israel. Here’s a look at the latest we have received. You can share your own thoughts and photos here. Please note that text submitted has been left largely unedited to preserve the authors’ words and intent. 7/23

The Cheapest Tefillin in the World

July 9, 2014, by

Rabbi Yossi Malka always revered his father, Dovid, a popular caterer in Crown Heights who always made sure to give away any extra food his store made to the poor. Before Dovid passed away, he gave his tefillin to Yossi’s son, Abie. Yossi, a longtime Chabad shliach in Encino, CA, who also works as a

Crisis in Israel – How Can You Help?

July 8, 2014, by

As Hamas rocket attacks continue along with Israel’s ground operations in Gaza, the Orthodox Union is quickly responding to help acheinu bnei Yisrael. How you can help: Donate OU Israel is delivering much-needed support to the citizens of Sderot, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Beit Shemesh and Ofakim, including providing social workers and advisors to work

Rabbi Weinreb: Were Our Tears Shed in Vain: Part II

July 7, 2014, by

Following up on last week’s remarks in Passaic (watch video here), Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb again addressed the topic of “Were Our Tears Shed in Vain: A Torah Response to an Unspeakable Tragedy,” delivering his remarks at Congregation Ohr Torah in Edison, NJ. Revisiting the tragic deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal

Does Being Jewish Boost Your Job Chances?

July 7, 2014, by

Think being Jewish is a barrier to getting hired? Think again, or so says a new study by three University of Connecticut researchers, published in the Journal Social Currents and reported by the Washington Post. As they explain, “When you’re Jewish and searching for a job, you’re not just one of the chosen people, you’re

#EyalGiladNaftali – Rabbi Weinreb Webcast

July 1, 2014, by

AUDIO ONLY VERSION – Right Click and Save As to Download. #EyalGiladNaftali — Rabbi Weinreb webcast Jewish communities around the world stand united in grief in the face of the senseless murders of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel. After the unprecedented unity of 18 days of shared grief, fear and hope, Klal Yisrael

Statement from Israeli PM Netanyahu

June 30, 2014, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks this evening at the start of the Security Cabinet meeting: “With heavy grief, this evening we found three bodies. All signs indicate that they are the bodies of our three abducted youths – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel. They were abducted and murdered in cold

Bodies of Three Israeli Teens Found: Latest Updates

June 30, 2014, by

A massive search has tragically turned to national mourning as the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’er and Naftali Frenkel were found. Statement from the RCA and the OU on the tragedy Media reports about the tragic news coming out of Israel continue to emerge – view the news sources below for the latest updates: