The video begins with the sounds and pictures of war, with images of smoke and fire, of missiles falling, of buildings destroyed, of bomb shelters packed and people weeping – children and adults alike – all to the accompaniment of the sounds of big guns. These images are real, photographed by Israelis during the war against Hezbollah this summer, as missiles fell all over the north of Israel, traumatizing the populace.
Direct from Israel, a young rabbi and his wife have come to the Cornell campus to bring the warmth of Judaism to students, even as a cold winter approaches.
Following last year’s highly successful National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) “Academy Awards” for leading performances in support of people with disabilities, presented by the Orthodox Union’s Yachad/ NJCD, the program returns once again this year with “Yachad Oscars: A Benefit and Awards Ceremony.” The “Oscars” celebrate the “Jewish community’s dedicated individuals who have consistently delivered outstanding performances on behalf of Yachad/NJCD.”
The sweet sounds of Jewish prayer and study, not to mention the guitar, are emanating from the University of Maryland’s College Park campus as Rabbi Eli Kohl and his wife, Naomi, begin their service this semester as Torah Educators in the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program.
With the presence of representatives from companies located from New Hampshire to California and many states in between, the Orthodox Union held Dairy Seminar 2006 last week, which was directed at plant managers, directors of quality assurance, production and marketing, and anyone with responsibility for a dairy company’s kosher program.
There is good news for kosher consumers who want their Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mixes, certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, to have pareve and non-dairy status. The company has reversed a decision made in 2005 to switch the product to dairy, therefore rendering it unusable for cakes that are served with meat meals at the Sabbath table. The product line includes Moist Deluxe Classic Yellow, the best selling cake mix in the country, and other consumer favorites such as Devil’s Food, Lemon Supreme and Butter Recipe Golden.
Who better to head the Orthodox Union’s NCSY “All New Michlelet” program for teenage girls than a woman who embodies the true spirit of a role model for young Jewish women? In summer 2007, the Michlelet program will be under the official directorship of Rivka Yudin of Far Rockaway, who will serve as a guide for teenage girls and share her many years of experience in Torah education with them.
When Rabbi Avi Berman began his new job in mid-July as Director General of the Orthodox Union in Israel, having just returned to Israel where he grew up following five years in Vancouver, Canada, he didn’t have the traditional period of several weeks to adjust to his position, meet his staff, settle in to his new home, plan activities and programs, and just catch his breath after moving a family of seven thousands of miles. Just four days after he started on the job, Israel’s war against Hezbollah began.
Vinegar and enzymes are the newly recorded topics, as the Kosher Tidbits radio program of the Orthodox Union’s Kashrut Division adds to its list of presentations intended to explain the finer points of Jewish Kosher law to a worldwide audience.
Addressing the topic of Ingredient Panels (on food packages): Unraveling the Mysteries, Rabbi Richard Levine, Orthodox Union Rabbinic Field Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region, will visit the Bensalem Outreach Center on Tuesday, November 14 to present the OU’s “Coming to a Yeshiva Near You” program. The event will be part of “Kosher Month,” being presented throughout November by the Center.