As I mentioned last week, I was privileged to serve as Shavuos scholar-in-residence at theYoung Israel of North Beverly Hills, a very warm and gracious community that is currently completing a building project that will better enable them to serve as the hub for the local Jewish population. While I was there, I was fortunate […]
On behalf of everyone at the OU family, I want to wish you and your extended family a meaningful and wonderful Shavuos. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and support in all our endeavors. Don’t eat too much cheese cake. Make sure to have a number of fleishig meals as well.
On Yom Yerushalayim, the Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center presented a special concert of songs about Jerusalem. The concert was held on the Hebrew University campus on Mt. Scopus and was a benefit for the Pearl and Harold Jacobs Outeach Zula Center, which provides a safe haven in downtown Jerusalem for hundreds of at-risk teens. Over 800 attended the concert, […]
We are pleased to welcome Josh Pruzansky, who has joined the OU as NJ Regional Director of Public Policy. In a statement, OU President Dr. Simcha Katz said that “no communal issue…is more crucial than making observant Jewish life affordable for families. The tuition crisis threatens our community’s future. Josh’s addition to the IPA underscores our focus on […]
I was at the Congregation Keter Torah (“the Roemer shul”) in Teaneck this past Shabbos, where I spoke on the topic of “Judaism’s Greatest Lightning Rod.” The greatest divide in Judaism today can be typified by how one looks at the nazir – is he an aberration or an ideal? There is a famous machlokes as to whether or […]
For those who have requested a link to “Shylock, Shakespeare and the Jews: Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice,” the program we co-sponsored at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, I am pleased to tell you that it is now available online here. Enjoy!
A dozen high school girls from New York NCSY and the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls spent a week with peers at the Lauder Yeshurun Midrasha Berlin. The program was spearheaded by Regional Director Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, who had previously brought students to work with the Lauder Foundation as part of NCSY’s JOLTSummer Program. Said Rabbi Lightstone, “Any time there […]
OU Kosher Coming, a program under the direction of Rabbi Eliyahu Safran that sends kashrus representatives to speak in all types of schools, yeshivas and seminaries, has recently received glowing feedback from some of its audiences. Rabbi Dov Schreier addressed 8th graders at the Westchester Day School as part of their kashrus curriculum. Rabbi Stephen Knapp, the Assistant Principal […]
Earlier this month, OU Kosher CEO Rabbi Menachem Genack and COO Rabbi Moshe Elefant traveled to France to meet with the Paris Consistoire’s highest officials. Formed in 1808 by Napoleon to organize the Jewish communities, the Paris Consistoire is the most important local Consistoire and includes Jews living in the capital and its suburbs. Rabbis Genack and Elefant were invited to […]