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OU News

Why Eurovision 2019 is Important for Israel

May 13, 2019, by

The annual Eurovision Song Contest, founded in 1956, is huge in Europe and beyond but largely unknown in America. There’s no cash prize but the 42 countries that participate in the competition take it quite seriously; the winning country gets to host the following year’s event. Last year, 186 million viewers tuned in for the […]

EU States Stand Up for Israel at the UN Human Rights Council

March 26, 2019, by

In a unprecedented move by Western members of the UN Human Rights Council, all EU member states voted against a permanent item singling out Israel. The vote was the first time that EU members states, plus Brazil and Japan, have voted against a recurrent draft resolution that is the only permanent item on the agenda singling […]

Proposed Circumcision Ban Threatens Jewish Life in Scandinavia

March 19, 2018, by

An Icelandic bill that proposes criminalizing circumcision could make Jewish life untenable not just in Iceland but throughout Scandinavia. Kosher slaughter is equally unwelcome because this corner of the world places more value on animal rights and the autonomy of children than it does on religious freedom, according to Ira Forman, a former member of […]

Palestinian PM Survives Assassination Attempt, Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Unlikely

March 14, 2018, by

Rami Hamdallah, prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, and General Majid Faraj, head of the PA’s intelligence services, survived an assassination attempt earlier this week. While it is unclear who orchestrated the attempt, it has dealt a possibly-irrevocable blow to possible reconciliation between the Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah. Hamdallah is unlikely to return […]

A Practical Approach to Addressing the Day-School Tuition Crunch

May 30, 2017, by

Reprinted from The Jewish Link By Mark (Moishe) Bane Unaffordable yeshiva tuition often seems like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it. Like so many challenges facing our community, we are content to blame the “system,” assuming there is someone both responsible for addressing the concern and equipped to […]

Thousands of Orthodox Jews Exploring Options Outside of NYC Area

May 1, 2017, by

New York, NY — On Sunday April 30, close to 2,000 people attended the OU’s bi-annual Communities Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The fair featured 50 Orthodox Jewish communities from around the country, as well as Nefesh B’Nefesh representing Aliyah opportunities. The fair is a fascinating demographic study of the Orthodox community today — particularly, of the trend of young families moving out to […]

RCA and OU Respond to Executive Order

January 30, 2017, by

Jan 29, 2017 — In response to the Executive Order signed Friday by President Trump, the RCA and OU reaffirm the principles of the joint statement we issued in December, 2015. We said then: “We call on all Americans to reaffirm that discrimination against any group based solely upon religion is wrong and anathema to […]

Yachad and Camp Stone Partner, Creating Staff Jobs for Individuals with Special Needs

January 19, 2017, by

Yachad and Camp Stone Partner to Create Staff Jobs for Individuals with Special Needs January 12, 2017 New York, NY — Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, announced a partnership with Camp Stone in which  Yachad members will participate in their camp community  for the first-time as staff members (during their second session) through […]

Yachad, premier Jewish organization for individuals with disabilities, raises over $1 million within 24 hours on Charidy

December 22, 2016, by

NEW YORK, NY – Yachad, the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities, raised over $1 million in its first crowd-funding campaign yesterday. At 1pm on December 20, Yachad kicked off its 24-hour campaign with a goal of $1 million, and within 24 hours, reached $1,053,008. “I want to express my deep gratitude to all of our donors who […]