Those who love their Starbucks coffee, which is under the kosher supervision of the Orthodox Union, are certain to be delighted by the mid-summer announcement of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. — the fourth largest spirits company in the world and a unit of Fortune Brands — that Starbucks Coffee Liqueur and Starbucks Cream Liqueur products now also display the famed OU symbol.
Note to Media: The following letter was sent to the Orthodox Union by Terry Augenbraun of Fairfield, an OU Vice President, after he received it from his son-in-law, Benji Hain, who is now in Israel with his wife, Fara. Benji reports on the results of how funds raised by Ahavat Achim Congregation, an OU synagogue in Fairfield, have been used to ease the plight of people in Israel whose lives have been disrupted by the war. The help was greatly needed. As Benji wrote, “Some of the families that we’ve taken in are coming straight from the bomb shelters in the North, while others have been wandering around from place to place for weeks.”
This is an update of the diary of Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, the Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union.
Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb arrived in Israel Monday, leading a mission of OU leaders who came to observe the many activities of the Seymour J. Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center in assisting the population during a time of war. Most notable among these programs has been the dispatch of 700 volunteers, at great personal risk, to the North to bring comfort to those spending their lives in bomb shelters. These activities include games and toys to occupy the children in the shelters and are made possible, in great part, through money raised by the OU’s Israel Emergency Fund.
Three days after Rabbi Avi Berman arrived in Jerusalem from Vancouver, Canada, to become the Director of the OU’s Seymour J. Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center (the Israel Center), Hezbollah attacked Israel and war broke out.
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, www.ou.org, 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.
Filling a longstanding need in the deaf and hard of hearing Jewish community, Our Way, a program of the Orthodox Union, has made available the manual Signs of Blessings for Food to enable the hearing impaired to express blessings orally and in sign language.
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 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.
FOLLOW-UP: GROUPS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE FILL OU’S NINE DAYS LEARNING FOR ISRAEL CALENDAR “As of Friday morning, we have successfully organized learning groups who will be learning for the z’chut of our brothers and sisters in Israel, and have ensured there will be learning somewhere in the world for 24 hours a day […]