Rabbi Steven Weil

Rabbi Steven Weil

Rabbi Steven Weil is Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union.

Tisha B’Av Webcast

August 11, 2011, by

I want to thank all those whose efforts contributed toward making this year’s Tisha B’Av webcast the superlative success that it was. (If you missed it, you can see it here.) It was humbling to receive comments and feedback from viewers around the globe. Thousands of people tuned in from all around the world, making this […]

OU Joins US Supreme Court Brief in Defense of Jerusalem

August 11, 2011, by

The OU partnered with other leading Jewish organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold a federal law requiring the State Department to record the birthplace of American citizens’ children born in Israel’s capital as “Jerusalem, Israel” rather than simply “Jerusalem.” The “friend of the court” brief was spearheaded by the Anti-Defamation League in the case of Menachem Zivotofsky v. […]

Tisha B’Av with the OU

August 4, 2011, by

This coming Tuesday is Tisha B’Av and I wanted to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to join in a moving and inspirational Tisha B’Av experience. The morning starts at 9:00 AM with Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb who will expound upon the kinos of the day. You can follow the program live at www.ou.org (pre-register […]

YouthCon Making News

August 4, 2011, by

NCSY‘s forthcoming YouthCon is a rare event. Scheduled for Sunday, August 21 in Stamford, CT, YouthCon is generating lots of buzz. The one-day conference, designed for Jewish educators and lay leaders of all backgrounds, boasts an unprecedented line-up representing more than 90 of the world’s leading informal and formal educational organizations across the Jewish spectrum. More than […]

Community Activities

August 4, 2011, by

Kudos to the Department of Community Services under the thoughtful stewardship of National Director Frank Buchweitz, Program Associate Hannah Chornock, and Administrative Assistant Adam Eisler for presenting a number of outstanding programs over the past few weeks. Yael and I had the privilege of participating in the OU’s sixth Marriage Enrichment Retreat just a few weeks ago at the Woodcliffe Lake Hilton. It […]

Hand in Hand

July 28, 2011, by

NJCD/Yachad’s Yad B’Yad, a truly unique Israel experience for both young adults with special needs and their typically-developing teenage peers, began this past week. The program began with an orientation for the typically-developing high school students to prepare them for the incredible journey ahead. During the five-day orientation, these high school students had the opportunity to […]

Not Only That…

July 21, 2011, by

OU’s NJCD/Yachad has a full complement of Summer Programs designed to meet the special needs of members of our community. This summer, Yachad is celebrating the most successful season of inclusive camping in its history. 77 Yachad campers and 37 vocational Yachad workers have participated in programs at five different camps: Camp Nesher, Camp Moshava, Camp Mesorah, […]

Israel in Three Days

July 21, 2011, by

I just returned from an exciting three-day trip to Israel with OU President Dr. Simcha Katz, NCSY International Director Rabbi Steven Burg and OU Israel Director Rabbi Avi Berman. While there, we had the opportunity to visit with a number of families who are receiving assistance from the OU’s Victims of Terrorism Fund, including members of the Fogel family and […]

Spotlight on a Team OU Member

July 14, 2011, by

It’s time for another Spotlight on a Team OU Member. Last time, one of our longest-standing employees was featured; this time, we are taking a look at one of our newest: NCSY‘sKeevy Fried. Keevy Fried, Associate International Director of NCSY, joins us from UJA-Federation, where he spent four years as Development Executive in the Wall Street and […]

And They’re Off!

July 7, 2011, by

NCSY Summer Programs are underway! Close to 1,000 teens have chosen an NCSY Summer experience and participating in a meaningful and productive summer in the Catskills, Baltimore, Israel, Poland, Austria and Italy. So that parents can follow their teens’ activities, NCSY Summer Programs has set up a blog for each camp and trip on their web […]

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