Stephen J. Savitsky, Chairman of the Board of the Orthodox Union, a three-term OU Past President, and himself a Long Island resident, will be Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Ohav Sholom in Merrick for Shabbat July 21, Parshat Matot-Masei. The synagogue is located at 145 South Merrick Avenue.
Mr. Savitsky’s visit is the highlight of an OU Community Weekend presented by the Orthodox Union Karasick Department of Synagogue Services.
Shabbat morning, Mr. Savitsky will discuss “The OU and Ohav Sholom: A Partnership that Guarantees Jewish Continuity.” He will also speak following Kiddish, presenting “Israel Through the Eyes of One Prime Minister, One King, 15 Generals, 40 Members of the Knesset and a Few Taxi Drivers.” Finally, Mr. Savitsky will lead a Shabbat afternoon discussion on “Major Issues in Jewish Life with Possible Solutions.”
Rabbi Ira Ebbin, Rabbi of Congregation Ohav Sholom, stated, "We are very excited to be hosting Steve Savitsky as our Scholar-in-Residence. One of the challenges we face at Ohav Sholom in Merrick, like many other communities out there, is to feel connected to the greater Jewish Community and reinforce that we are part of a greater mission and people. While we are so proud of the vision at Ohav, that of a welcoming and warm Modern Orthodox Community that invites and encourages participation and growth from Jews of all backgrounds, we often turn to the OU and its endless wellspring of resources that support us locally and strengthen our bond with other communities like us. The OU’s phenomenal work with Youth, Israel, Israel Advocacy, Special Needs, Synagogue Services, and Spiritual Growth, enables us to feel that what we do in Merrick has an impact on the greater Jewish World."
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