Life

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

January 28, 2014, by

In his recent article, “Workplaces for Everyone,” published on eJewishPhilanthropy.com, 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

Considering What We Have In Common

January 28, 2014, by

Her name was Shira. She had bright eyes, long brown hair, and liked to put mustard in her tuna fish sandwiches. I was in the fourth grade when we met, and as the new kid at school, I felt that I was the only one who didn’t know how to respond to the fact that

Rabbi Weil Interviews the Creators of the “Life is Strange” Documentary

January 17, 2014, by

Rabbi Steven Weil chats with Director Yitzi Hertz and Producer Sammy Grundwerg about their new documentary, “Life is Strange.” LIFE IS STRANGE evokes the vibrant life of Jewish families in pre-World War II Europe through childhood memories of survivors. Intimate conversations with people from all walks of life are presented against a tapestry of rare footage that takes

Beyond Potatoes: Meet the Chief Rabbi of Idaho Falls

January 16, 2014, by

With just a passing glance, you might mistake him for a character on one of Comedy Central’s mock news shows, but take a second look.  You really did just pass the chief rabbi of Idaho Falls, walking down a street in lower Manhattan. The honorary chief rabbi, that is. His name is Rabbi Avraham (Avi)

Interview with Avi Berman

January 14, 2014, by

Listen to Rabbi Avi Berman, director of the OU Israel Center, discuss Aliyah and Anglo life in Israel. Read more about this topic in the upcoming Spring issue of Jewish Action!

Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Our Community: Genetics, Knowledge and Prevention

January 9, 2014, by

Anna’s aunt was 35 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.  Anna’s great-grandmother had breast cancer before turning 50.  Anna knew that these facts were spotlights shining on her own genetic makeup, but until she switched doctors last winter, she hadn’t been approached to be tested.  She had

OU Advocacy Educates Jewish Day Schools on Government Funding

January 8, 2014, by

OU Advocacy Hosts Seminar on Maximizing Government Funding for Jewish Day Schools Helps Schools “Not Leave Millions on the Table” Prior to joining OU Advocacy as the Associate Regional Director in Pennsylvania, Michelle Twersky served as a government relations coordinator at a Jewish day school in the Greater New York area. “The fact that this

The Disposable Student: When a Student Doesn’t “Fit In”

December 18, 2013, by

We Jews wandered the four corners of the earth for so many centuries, never having a home where we could feel completely safe.  Our experience from Egypt to the galut taught us to respect the dignity of the stranger and to reach out to the needy.   When we were vulnerable, the voices of our sages

The President and His Rabbi: New Book Shines Light On Friendship Between President Bill Clinton and OU Kosher CEO Rabbi Menachem Genack

December 2, 2013, by

When his Republican opponents accused President Bill Clinton of flip-flopping between political positions he found solace in an unlikely place. It was a dvar Torah sent to him by Rabbi Menachem Genack, the CEO of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division and the rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Englewood, NJ. In the note, Rabbi Genack laid

Running Blind: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Bernstein

November 26, 2013, by

Richard Bernstein won’t let anything stand in his way. This Michigan-based powerhouse of an attorney has taken on airlines, airports, universities, the American Bar Association, and the Department of Transportation in both Detroit and New York City. When he’s not winning cases, he’s teaching political science, running marathons (eighteen, so far), competing in Ironman triathlons,