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OU Condemns Hamas, Islamic Jihad, & Senior PA Advisor’s Praise for Jerusalem Terrorist

October 23, 2014, by

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, condemned the praise showered on the perpetrator of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Sultan Abu-Einein, a senior aide to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.  A three-month-old baby was killed in the attack and seven […]

Orthodox Union Statement on the Election of the New Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem

October 22, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union offers words of congratulations and encouragement to Rabbi Aryeh Stern and Rabbi Shlomo Amar on their election to the position of Chief Ashkenazic and Chief Sephardic Rabbis of Jerusalem. The Orthodox Union has always enjoyed a close working relationship with the Israeli rabbinate on the national and local levels, and takes great interest in […]

North & South: Three Congregations in North America Join Orthodox Union Synagogue Network

October 20, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union has announced that three congregations across the United States and Canada have been accepted as member synagogues and will immediately start enjoying the benefits of affiliation with the OU. The Young Israel of Teaneck (YIOT), New Jersey; Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem (TBDJ) of Montreal; and Congregation Dor Tikvah of Charleston, South […]

OU AND Partners Present “SPIRIT” Program in Queens Beginning Tuesday, October 28

October 8, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Engagement, in collaboration with STAJE, the Margaret Tietz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and OHEL, will present the Queens SPIRIT Initiative (Stimulating Program Initiative for Retirees that Inspires Thought), a four-week lecture series beginning Tuesday, October 28 through Tuesday, November, 18. Local synagogues hosting the program also serving as co-sponsors […]

OU Urges Broad Ruling by SCOTUS to Reject Limitations on Male Facial Hair in Prison

October 6, 2014, by

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, called for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against the Arkansas prison regulations that compel religiously observant men to violate their beliefs and either shave their beards entirely or limit the length of the beard to one half-inch. The high […]

OU Calls on U.S. Court of Appeals to Require Florida Dept. of Corrections to Provide Kosher Food to Religious Jewish Inmates

October 6, 2014, by

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, called for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to reject the Florida Department of Corrections’ appeal claiming that it can refuse to provide kosher food in its prisons on financial grounds. The Eleventh Circuit Court is […]

OU Rejects Harsh Rhetoric of White House and State Dept On Jerusalem Housing Plans

October 2, 2014, by

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, strongly rejected statements made by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki with regard to Israeli plans for housing construction in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat HaMatos and Israeli Jews purchasing houses in the […]

OU Commends Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s UN Address

September 30, 2014, by

Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America issued the following statement commending Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for his address to the United Nations General Assembly: “Yesterday, before the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an eloquent and forceful message about the urgent threat of militant […]

Thoughts for the New Year: What We Need Is Grassroots Activism

September 30, 2014, by

During a recent visit to New York I stayed with friends in Manhattan. Having visited with them numerous times, the doorman in their building knows me. One morning as I was leaving for the day, it was clear he wanted to say something more than “Have a nice day.” I stopped. What began as a […]