The war between Israel and Lebanon might be over (for now), but hopes for captured Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit are being kept alive as part of a new project of the NCSY Teens for Freedom program. NCSY, the national youth program of the Orthodox Union, has designed and is making available bookmarks with the message Pray for the Captured Israeli Soldiers which include photos of the soldiers on the front and a prayer composed by Chief Rabbi HaRav Yonah Metzger on the reverse.
The Orthodox Union’s Winter 5767/2006 issue of the award-winning Jewish Action magazine is now available to readers with its usual collection of thought-provoking and well-written articles. They include:
To shed light on hot topic issues in dating — including finances, physical appearance, and age differences, among other topics — the Orthodox Union Singles Connection, in conjunction with Congregation Shearith Israel/ Spanish Portuguese Synagogue and EndTheMadness, presents a round table discussion, “Doubles Standards in Dating: Breaking Barriers and Debunking Social Customs,” on Monday, December 11.
Saturday night, delegates to the 108th Anniversary Biennial Convention (being held in Jerusalem) of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America adopted Resolutions expressing the positions of the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization on a range of critical issues. The Resolutions included the following:
The Orthodox Union Singles Connection presents the Staten Island Singles Shabbaton, an exciting Shabbat program where singles, ages 22 to 30, can meet that special someone in a fun, and relaxed environment.
This evening, the 108th Anniversary Biennial Convention of the Orthodox Union opened in Jerusalem. The opening session, at which Stephen J. Savitsky was installed for a second term as the organization’s president, was addressed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, as well as other distinguished leaders.
Faced with substantial challenges that have rocked the kosher industry in the past two years, even as growth in sales continues at a 15 percent annual rate, the Chicago-based Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) held the annual meeting last Thursday that follows the giant KosherFest show in New York. The all-day gathering took place in the Manhattan offices of the Orthodox Union, and was attended by dozens of AKO member representatives from across the United States, from England, and even from Australia.
As Chanukah approaches, a perfect gift is registration in one of the Orthodox Union NCSY’s summer programs for 2007. Once again in 2007, NCSY will have a jam-packed summer season.
Summer is long over but its memories linger on in Kharkov, Ukraine. In July, the Orthodox Union’s NCSY sent participants in JOLT — the Jewish Overseas Leadership Training program for high school boys and girls — to the OU Joseph K. Miller Torah Center in Kharkov, to work with the youngsters there as part of their leadership training.
The message from the Orthodox Union Kosher Division is as clear as it can be: “Managing Your Account Has Never Been Simpler.” The source of this management wizardry is www.oudirect.org, the new six-part website designed to provide a vast amount of information to companies certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. After a period of testing, OU Direct went online this week.