From Poland to New Zealand, Many Tune In for OU Messages of Wisdom on Tisha B’Av

August 4, 2006, by

The message was worthy of a world-wide audience, and that is exactly what it received. As Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb delivered his annual Tisha b’Av tear-stained commentary on the Kinot, the elegies of the day, an audience of thousands tuned in on the OU website,, all over North America, in Israel, and in a dazzling variety of countries, thousands of miles from the synagogue which played host to the event, Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck, NJ.

Kansas City Student Gives Thanks for NCSY Israel Summer Program, Michlelet

August 1, 2006, by

The following letter was written by Shella Friedman, a Kansas City, KS high school student, to Todd Cohn, Kansas City’s National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) chapter advisor. NCSY is the Orthodox Union’s national youth program. Shella attends Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and is spending her summer in Israel on Michlelet, an NCSY summer program.

As Battles Rage, OU Issues Call to Say Soldier’s Prayer Daily Using Card Benefiting IDF

August 1, 2006, by

As soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces place their lives on the line in combat against both Hezbollah and Hamas – and with casualties mounting – the Orthodox Union has renewed its vastly successful Tefillah L’Chayalei Tzahal campaign to sell tefillah or prayer cards which include a photo of soldiers at the Kotel in Jerusalem on one side and the Prayer for the Israel Defense Forces on the other. The intention is for individuals or groups to recite the prayer every day with the well-being of the soldiers in mind.

Absolut OU. Absolutely Marvelous News in the World of Vodka! Absolut Certified Kosher by OU.

July 31, 2006, by

ABSOLUT OU. ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS NEWS IN THE WORLD OF VODKA! ABSOLUT IS CERTIFIED KOSHER BY THE ORTHODOX UNION. In an absolutely significant development in the world of kosher certification, the Orthodox Union and Absolut Vodka today jointly announced that six Absolut products have received kosher certification from the OU, the world’s most recognizable kosher symbol, […]

OU Our Way Trip To Israel for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Takes Place as Planned, August 13

July 28, 2006, by

Even as Israel fights its two-front war, Our Way/JDSR (Jewish Deaf Singles Registry), the Orthodox Union’s program for the Jewish community’s deaf and hearing impaired singles, is prepared and ready to leave August 13 on its long-planned 12-day tour of Israel. Our Way’s determination reflects the commitment of the OU to maintain its summer tour programs in Israel, including a variety of trips of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, despite the situation, but with constant attention to security.

‘Round the Clock and ‘Round the World, OU Nine-Day Program, Now in Action

July 27, 2006, by

From Palm Springs to Providence, from Vancouver to Toronto, from Cape Town to London and Glasgow, from Israel to Indiana, from Manchester to Minsk, round the clock, 24 hours a day, for 192 hours straight, groups are currently deeply involved in studying the Torah and its commentaries over a nine-day period under an Orthodox Union program to use the spiritual merit of Torah study for the benefit of the people of Israel as they fight a two-front war against terror.

OU Israel Center Dispatches Hundreds of Volunteers to the North

July 27, 2006, by

Israelis in bomb shelters in the north of Israel are not alone. With the outbreak of war, the OU’s Seymour J. Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center (the Israel Center) immediately mobilized to bring sustenance and comfort to their brothers and sisters seeking protection underground from Hezbollah attacks. As many as 700 Israel Center volunteers have gone north from Jerusalem to go from bomb shelter to bomb shelter, with each team to spend about four hours in each place, covering two shelters per day.