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Orthodox Union

Pesach? There’s an App for That.

April 14, 2011, by

We are proud that the annual OU Guide to Passover – an indispensable component of Pesach preparation for thousands – went high-tech this year with the world premiere of the OU Passover App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This application, available from the Mac App Store, includes a complete list of all products approved […]

NCSY’s Project JUMP Challenge

April 14, 2011, by

Last week, I was privileged to serve as a judge for NCSY’s Project JUMP Challenge, alongside attorney Philip Rosen and renowned entrepreneur Ivanka Trump. Others in attendance included Rabbi Steven Burg, International Director of NCSY, and Esther Gerson, a world-renowned executive coach. The “Final Four” teams included the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC), Rambam Mesivta of Lawrence, Weinbaum Yeshiva High School of Florida, […]

What’s Behind the OU Symbol?

April 7, 2011, by

The 2011 issue of Behind the Union Symbol, the OU’s dynamic and informative trade magazine, is now available. This issue includes features on OUDirect, snacking kosher, the scent of India, and more. Kudos to Senior Rabbinic Coordinator Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, who serves as Vice President of Communications and Marketing for OU Kosher, and his staff. […]

Special Recognition Goes To:

March 31, 2011, by

Earlier this week, Team OU members ran exceptional programming that filled the weekend of March 27. Special recognition goes to: Elaine Grossman and her team for spearheading the very successful OU National Dinner. The dinner was a very dignified affair that was accomplished with tremendous grace. A warm feeling of hakaras hatov and abiding friendship permeated the […]

The OU Pesach Guide is Here!

March 31, 2011, by

The invaluable annual OU Guide to Passover has arrived! Among the many people to be thanked for this indispensable contribution to Jewish life are Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Singer,Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz, Rabbi Aharon Brun-Kestler, Rabbi Eli Eleff, Rabbi Yosef Grossman, Avigail Klein, David Olivestone, Rabbi David Polsky, Rabbi Gavriel Price, Carrie Beylus, Yocheved Lefkovits, Raizy Rosenfeld and […]

OU Welcomes New Director of Community Engagement

March 31, 2011, by

I’d like to welcome Rabbi Judah Isaacs of Teaneck, NJ, who joins us as the OU’s firstDirector of Community Engagement. Rabbi Isaacs comes to us with a background replete with experience in developing creative and impactful programs for shuls and communities. He has a well-earned reputation as an “innovative doer” who works closely with lay people […]

Youth Summit on the West Coast

March 24, 2011, by

Shortly before Purim, the Synagogue Services department of the OU held another successful youth professionals summit, this time in Los Angeles. This event presented a tremendous opportunity for youth workers from LA to San Diego to get together, network and learn from one another. Presentations included a session on How Shuls, Schools and Youth Programs Can Work […]

Bomb In Jerusalem

March 24, 2011, by

We were rocked yesterday by the news of a terrorist attack at Jerusalem’s central bus station. A bomb planted by terrorists exploded, killing at least one and injuring more than 30 innocent Israelis. This heartless act is all the more painful as we’re still reeling from the heinous murders in Itamar. In a statement, OU […]

A Week of Tragedies

March 17, 2011, by

This may be the saddest week I’ve had to write about since starting this blog. First, I was going to report that David Kandelman, an NCSY alumnus (class of 2009), passed away while serving in the IDF. He was buried in Israel and we wish his family a nechama. Then, the tragedy in Japan struck. An […]