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 […]
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, […]
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate called for Jews to unite in a prayer for the soldiers held hostage, at 7pm Israel time, Tuesday Aug. 1.
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.