OU Praises Decision of US Court of Appeals Dismissing Challenge to “Parsonage” Allowance

November 13, 2014, by

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, praised the decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. The Court said that the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the organization behind the lawsuit, did not […]

OU Senior Managing Director Rabbi Steven Weil To Present An Inspirational Weekend In Houston With NCSY This Shabbat

November 13, 2014, by

Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director at the Orthodox Union, will present an OU-NCSY Shabbat of Inspiration at the Young Israel of Houston from Friday, November 14 to Saturday, November 15, Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah. The synagogue is located at 7823 Ludington Drive. On Friday night Rabbi Weil and Rabbi Israel Lashak, director of Southwest […]

OU Press Launches New Book By Dovid Lichtenstein, Headlines: Halachic Debates Of Current Events

November 10, 2014, by

OU Press, the publishing division of the Orthodox Union, announces the publication of Dovid Lichtenstein’s Headlines: Halachic Debates of Current Events. Orthodox Jews are not strangers to controversy. Media attention, welcome or otherwise, is a regular feature of life for our community, and provides rich material for debate and discussion, both in our real human […]

Rabbi Weinreb to be Scholar-in-Residence at Atlanta’s Young Israel of Toco Hills Building Dedication, Nov 14-15, Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah

November 10, 2014, by

Orthodox Union Executive Vice President, Emeritus Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb will be scholar-in-residence at the building dedication of the Young Israel of Toco Hills from Friday, November 14 to Saturday, November 15 (Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah). The official dedication (Chanukat Beit Knesset) will take place Sunday, November 16. The synagogue is located at 2056 […]

With Love From Long Island: Inspirational Shabbat 2014 Connects Jewish Communities Across Five Towns And Far Rockaway

November 7, 2014, by

The Five Towns, Far Rockaway, and surrounding areas are centers of vibrant Orthodox Judaism. The community is home to numerous day schools, yeshivas, restaurants and every possible Jewish amenity. One would think that amid the hustle and bustle of this robust area, The Shabbat Project would be something too basic and rudimentary to take off. […]

Mayor of Sderot Visits the OU With Words of Faith and Determination

November 7, 2014, by

Alon Davidi, the mayor of Sderot, the community in southern Israel less than a kilometer from Gaza, which for years has been the favorite target of rocket attacks from Hamas and other Palestinian radical groups in Gaza, visited the Orthodox Union this week to thank the organization for the moral strength and programmatic initiatives it […]

OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin Meets with Leadership of Lakewood Jewish Community

November 6, 2014, by

Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin recently met with Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller and the leadership of the Lakewood Jewish community. The meetings were arranged by Josh Pruzansky, Regional Director of OU Advocacy-NJ. Included in Mr. Fagin’s visit was a tour of Beth Medrash Govoha (BMG), the largest full time yeshiva/higher-education institution in America […]