OU Staff

Why I Like Writing About Older Jewish Singles

May 22, 2014, by

An Interview with Ruchama King Feuerman Ruchama King Feuerman is the author of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, which was published by the New York Review of Books to critical acclaim. She lives in Passaic, NJ, with her husband, Simon Yisrael Feuerman, a psychotherapist and essayist, and their four children. Her first novel, Seven

Superheroes Without Capes

May 21, 2014, by

The JLIC Couple Bringing Orthodoxy to Life at Queens College Rabbi Robby and Shoshana Charnoff have a rule: dinner at six o’clock at their attached house located 15 minutes away from the Queens College campus; otherwise the two won’t see each other. Frequently dinner doesn’t start on time as they are met on their way

Winner Announced for Yachad’s “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” Contest

May 19, 2014, by

The contest was close but Tova Medetsky was the winner of Yachad’s first “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” video contest by a single vote. Medetsky’s video received 1,506 Facebook “likes” beating out the second place video by Yachad LA’s Doni Yellin and Nani Shapiro. Yachad’s “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” video contest asked friends and supporters of

New ADL Study: One Billion Harbor Anti-Semitic Views

May 19, 2014, by

Call it Abraham Foxman’s swan song. The world still doesn’t like Jews. Or at least 1.09 billion don’t, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Those are the results of the recently released The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, an unprecedented study that surveyed 53,100 adults in 102 countries across the world, representing 88.4 percent of

Jewish Archive Wanted Back in Iraq; Jews? Not So Much

May 7, 2014, by

The fight over the “Iraqi Jewish Archive” PBS Newshour has a fascinating look at the “Iraqi Jewish Archive” the collection of several thousand documents found in a flooded basement in Iraq during the aftermath of the Iraq war. The documents were found in 2003 by former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Dr. Harold

Against Anti-Israel Sentiment, NYU Students Thrive with JLIC

May 6, 2014, by

When a pro-Palestinian student group at New York University slid anti-Israel notices under dorm room doors in two of New York University’s largest dorms, students turned to the rabbi of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) for support. “Most students would have simply been inconvenienced by this stunt, but for many Jewish students it

OneFamily Commemorates Yom Hazikaron

May 5, 2014, by

Last night hundreds of people—children, bereaved family members, and friends gathered outside the OneFamily building in Jerusalem for a unique and emotional Yom Hazikaron ceremony. The ceremony was initiated nine years ago by a group of bereaved children after feeling uncomfortable attending their local public community ceremonies. They asked OneFamily to create a ceremony for

Lights, Camera, Take Action! Yachad Launches Video Contest

May 1, 2014, by

Just what does inclusion mean to you? That was the question posed by the Yachad Youth Leadership Council (YYLC) last month in their “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” video contest. As part of the competition, Yachad members and the Jewish community at large were invited to submit a short video describing what the term meant to

Quinoa is More Kosher than the Labor Practices that Produce It

April 18, 2014, by

When Rabbi Shoshan Ghoori of the Orthodox Union first traveled to La Rinconada, Peru, the world’s highest city, the air was so thin that he needed an oxygen tank just to stay conscious. But the lack of air did not deter him from his peculiar mission: deciding whether quinoa should be kosher for Passover. Over

Busy Law Students Don’t Pass Over Seder

April 11, 2014, by

Forget mock trial. How about a mock seder? This March, Jewish students and alumni at St. Thomas University School of Law enjoyed a mock seder courtesy of Southern NCSY. More than 30 Jewish students, alumni and guests gathered for a three-hour seder in the weeks before Passover, despite being in the midst of finals. With