As the school year unfolds with its rigorous academic demands, teenagers coast to coast are reminiscing about this past summer’s fun and free days, in which they participated in an exciting series of vacation programs in North America, Israel and Europe presented by the Orthodox Union’s National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY). As they eagerly await next year, NCSY has just announced a jam-packed 2007 summer season.
To provide job-seekers with successful strategies for getting the job they want, ParnossahWorks, a joint initiative of the Orthodox Union and FEGS Health and Human Services, will offer a free employment workshop, “Effective Job Search Strategy and Networking: The Keys to the Hidden Job Market,” on Wednesday, November 8.
Rabbi Harvey Belovski, a noted London rabbi, will be speaking at eight synagogues and six schools in Southern California to kick off the Orthodox Union West Coast Region’s Sixty Days for Six Million program.
In recognition that when serious illness strikes in an Orthodox family a whole range of difficult decisions — medical, legal and financial — have to be made in accordance with Jewish law, the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America and the Metropolitan Jewish Health System will present a communal symposium, When Serious Illness Strikes and Decisions Have to Be Made: Who Decides – the Patient, the Physician, the Rabbi, the Family? A Practical Guide for Orthodox Families. This program is presented as a community service and admission is complimentary.
The members of the Nominating Committee would like to thank all of you who responded with recommendations for the new Board of the Orthodox Union to be elected at our Biennial Convention this Thanksgiving in Jerusalem. We received many…
With the approach of Sukkot, and in a multi-pronged effort both to pray for the safety of Israel’s soldiers and to bring them joy on the Festivals, the Orthodox Union is engaged in the latest distribution of funds raised by its worldwide Tefillah L’Chayalei Tzahal campaign to sell tefillah, or prayer cards, around the world. These cards include a photo of Israeli soldiers at the Kotel in Jerusalem on one side and the Prayer for the Israel Defense Forces on the other.
The Orthodox Union, through the Board of its Institute for Public Affairs, met last week with John Faso, the Republican candidate for Governor of New York, as part of a regularly scheduled policy-making meeting of the Board. Mr. Faso spoke and took questions for approximately half an hour on issues of importance to the Orthodox Jewish community, as well as on more general concerns.
That synagogue presidents don’t have an easy job is an understatement. To be effective, they must put much time and effort into what is a volunteer position. Yes, they have honor within their congregations and often sit on the bima, but the position can be a double-edged sword, especially if the shul is grappling with controversial issues – such as the tenure of a rabbi or falling revenues and membership. Unlike rabbis, who have their rabbinical organization support groups, presidents have no formalized body to turn to for advice – or at least they didn’t until now. Thanks to the Orthodox Union, help is on the way.
SIMCHAT TORAH FOR SINGLES ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE WITH THE OU The Orthodox Union Singles Connection is back for another year of exciting events. Once again, the season will kick off on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, as singles will have the opportunity to meet, mingle and dine during the annual Simchat Torah […]
The Queens-based New York Region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) kicked off the school year last Saturday night with its immensely popular “Comedy Cruise” program. A large gathering of 140 Jewish teens from the Five Boroughs and Westchester were treated to a dinner cruise around the island of Manhattan, and a private performance by the improv group Comedy Sportz. Upon the completion of the cruise, a special Selichos service of penitential prayers preceding the High Holy Days was held for both staff and teens.