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Savitsky Talks: The Tuition Crisis: What Are We Doing to Help?

June 6, 2014, by

Orthodox Union Chairman of the Board Stephen Savitsky talks with Maury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs for OU Advocacy, about the ongoing Jewish day school tuition crisis. The two discuss what the Orthodox Union and other organizations are doing to help, noting specific examples of innovative solutions such as start-up yeshivas, voucher programs and

The Power of a Teacher

March 4, 2014, by

I remember his soft voice. The way he would lean over my desk and point out what I was doing wrong in a way that never felt judgmental or harsh.  Just a gentle reminder that I was on a longer journey and this was a step on the path. I never thought I’d like a

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

Does Your Child’s Yeshiva Leave Money on the Table?

January 8, 2014, by

Prior to joining OU Advocacy, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, 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 school even had a position of government relations coordinator demonstrates how

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