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OU and JLC Applaud Florida’s Expanded School Choice Program

June 26, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union (OU) and its Florida partner, the Jewish Leadership Coalition (JLC), applaud Florida Governor Rick Scott’s signing of the school choice expansion bill into law, which will have a significant impact on Florida’s Jewish day school community and the non-public school community overall. Certain features of the bill were initially proposed by the […]

Rabbi Steven Weil to Present OU Community Weekend in Montreal, June 26-28

June 25, 2014, by

Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director at the Orthodox Union, will present an OU Community Weekend at CongregationTifereth Beth David Jerusalem in Montreal from Thursday, June 26 to Saturday, June 28 (Shabbat Parshat Chukat). The OU member synagogue is located at 6519 Baily Road, Cote St-Luc. On Thursday Rabbi Weil will be running a board and […]

Announcing Yachad’s Three Fellows in Inaugural Jewish Communal Leadership Program

June 25, 2014, by

Yachad announced its new Jewish Communal Leaders Fellowship (YJCLF) initiative has selected three outstanding recent college graduates to serve as Fellows for the 2014-2015 programmatic year. They are Naomi Gofine from Toronto, graduate of Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women; Robert Grad from Livingston, New Jersey, graduate of Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College; and Stephanie Weprin […]

Limited Number of Positions Still Available for ASK OU 12

June 25, 2014, by

  A limited number of positions are still available for the one-week session of the twelfth Harry H. Beren ASK OU Kosher Advanced Seminar in Kashrus summer program, to be held from August 11-15. The one-week seminar is a companion program to the more intensive three-week initiative, to be held from August 6-26, which will include […]

OU Applauds Sweeping Change in NYC For Families With Special Needs Children

June 24, 2014, by

OU Advocacy’s work with New York state legislators promoting Special Ed legislation culminated with today’s announcement by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of sweeping changes within the New York City Department of Education (DOE) for families with children with special needs. The agreement between Speaker […]

Teen Rally Organized By NCSY and Partners Demands Release of Three Israeli Youths Kidnapped by Terrorists

June 23, 2014, by

The kidnappers of three Israeli teenagers in Israel are not “freedom fighters” or “activists,” or anything but “terrorists,” New York City Councilman David Greenfield said at a rally organized by NCSY in Manhattan on Sunday morning. “We’re here today because three innocent children, including one U.S. citizen, have been kidnapped by terrorists and we’re demanding […]

Stopping Assimilation, One Phone Call at a Time

June 17, 2014, by

As residents of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway community in New York, we are blessed with an abundance of Torah.  However, we sometimes tend to forget that the vast majority of Jews in North America are assimilating and disappearing at alarming rates.  The Pew Report was another wake-up call to remind us that 70 […]

NY NCSY and Partners Launch Virtual Vigil for Missing Boys in Israel

June 17, 2014, by

  Jews across Israel and the world are consumed with worry and fear for the lives of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, the three boys kidnapped by terrorists in Gush Etzion last week. Since then, the Israel Defense Forces and intelligence establishment has left no stone unturned in their efforts to locate the […]

OU Torah’s Daily Halacha Series Hashoneh Halachos Reaches Its 1000th Edition!

June 12, 2014, by

  Recently, Jews worldwide celebrated the holiday of Shavuot, commemorating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Implicit in “kabbalat haTorah” – acceptance of the Torah – is the concept of “na’aseh  v’nishma” – “we will do and we will hear.” In this phrase from the Torah portion of Mishpatim (Exodus 24:7), the Jews […]