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Orthodox Union

In Brussels, Formerly Vibrant Synagogues are Dying

February 15, 2019, by

Thirty years ago, the Sephardic Synagogue on Pavillion Street was packed with children and teens, playing for hours and scampering around the synagogue’s spacious yard. Now, the building once occupied by the congregation is deserted and the yard is overgrown with vegetation in what has become one of the Brussels’ seediest areas. Coinciding with increasing anti-Semitism, government-led crackdowns […]

Search Underway for More Dead Sea Scrolls

February 15, 2019, by

In the year 790, a Bedouin hunter’s dog chased its prey into the mouth of a cave in the rocky cliffs near the Dead Sea. Inside, the hunter discovered jars containing scrolls written in Hebrew, including books of the Bible. These events are recorded in a letter written by Timothy I in 800 CE, anticipating the 1946 […]

Man Arrested in Murder of Israeli Woman, 19

February 12, 2019, by

Arafat Irfaiya, 29, of Hebron was arrested early on Saturday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting and murdering Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old Israeli woman. Forensic evidence found at the scene of the crime connected Irfaiya to the murder. According to reports, Irfaiya reenacted the murder for authorities on Sunday morning. The Israel Security Agency, AKA the “Shin […]

Sausage Museum Proposed for Buchenwald Shows “Lack of Historical Awareness”

February 8, 2019, by

An organization called Friends of the Thuringer Bratwurst had announced plans to move the Bratwurst Museum to a new site that was once part of the Buchenwald concentration camp, sparking protest. The Nazis imprisoned nearly a quarter of a million people in Buchenwald between 1937 and 1945. Around 700 Jewish women were held prisoner in […]

Pew: Religious People are Happier

February 8, 2019, by

People who are actively engaged in religious life tend to be happier than either those who are religiously unaffiliated or inactive according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data from the United States and more than two dozen other countries. Religiously active people also tend to smoke and drink less though they […]

Patriots Wide Receiver is First Jewish Super Bowl MVP

February 6, 2019, by

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was named Most Valuable Player following his team’s victory against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. After the game, when asked how he felt about the honor, Edelman replied, “It sounds crazy, it sounds crazy. 2018. L’Chaim!” Edelman provided some of the few offensive highlights in […]

Shabbat at the Wawa

January 30, 2019, by

Wawa, the oddly-named convenience store chain, is a ubiquitous staple in six states and the District of Columbia. Performance artist Brian Feldman had the idea to combine this venerable institution with his religious convictions, resulting in “Wawa Shabbawa,” AKA “a Shabbat of convenience.” It’s an actual communal Shabbat dinner held in a Wawa seating area. After inaugural dinners […]

Anti-Semitic Video Uses Niemoller Quote Against Jews

January 30, 2019, by

Pastor Martin Niemoller famously wrote: First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I […]

“Lost” Yiddish Songs Nominated for Grammy

January 30, 2019, by

In 1944, Veli Shargorodskii, a 42-year-old Jewish man from Odessa, wrote the song On the High Mountain, about the Soviets’ battles against the Nazis. The song ends with the words “Germany is in trouble, Hitler is kaput!” This song and hundreds of others were collected during the war by Moisei Beregovsky, a Russian-Jewish scholar of both music […]

Cleveland Event Highlights OU Women’s Initiative Grant Recipient

January 23, 2019, by

Recipients of the OU’s Women’s Initiative Challenge Grant were featured in a recent issue of Cleveland’s Local Jewish News. The program, titled “Just Breathe,” is part of a three-part, innovative series for women, combining Torah studies with opportunities for social engagement. Hosted at and organized by the Young Israel of Greater Cleveland, the event featured presentations […]