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Seattle, Alaska Cruise and Marriage…

July 7, 2011, by

July started with Yael and me serving as scholars-in-residence at two OU synagogues in Seattle, WA. On the weekend of parshas Chukas, we spoke at Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath and Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation. My topics included “The Nature of the Haftorah,” “The Real Story Behind Jephte’s Daughter,” and “The Ethical Relevance of Pirkei Avos.” Yael spoke on “All You Need […]

The Big News

June 30, 2011, by

The big news in New York this week is the passing of legislation permitting same-sex couples to marry. How does this affect those in the arena of faith, particularly members of the clergy who may not wish to perform such marriages? Director of Public Policy Nathan Diament has authored a Washington Post op-ed on this subject. It bears reading and […]

19 Years of Torah Tidbits

June 30, 2011, by

OU Israel Center under the direction of Phil Chernofsky, received a very nice write-up in Arutz Sheva. Pashas Shelach marked the 19th anniversary of this publication, enjoyed in hard copy and online throughout Israel and internationally. You can read the article here.

Torah High: Pizza Pizza

June 23, 2011, by

Canada NCSY runs a superlative program called Torah High, which is an accredited supplementary Jewish high school. The teachers and staff are known to be exceptionally dedicated to their sacred charge. To celebrate their fifth anniversary of Torah High in Ottawa, Bram Bregman, Gaby Scarowsky, and the rest of the staff and teachers made a humorous video that demonstrates […]

Community Webinar

June 23, 2011, by

The Department of Community Services, part of our greater Department of Community Engagement, runs a bi-monthly series of instructive seminars for synagogue rabbis, presidents, executive directors, and other lay leaders. Sometimes these are held live and in person at the OU, while other times they are webcast. Just last night, new OU West Coast president Dr. Steven Tabak, himself a […]

Yachad Birthright

June 23, 2011, by

The OU is rightly proud of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. We are also proud of our Birthright trips, sending 1,200 young people to Israel on over 30 trips each year, many experiencing the beauty and sanctity of our homeland for the first time. We are therefore doubly proud of the Yachad Birthright trip, possibly unique […]

Award and Jubilee

June 23, 2011, by

It seems that dinner season is upon us. It is always such a wonderful feeling seeing deserving honorees recognized for their years of selfless dedication to klal Yisroel. One noteworthy recent dinner was the Annual Awards Banquet of the OU’s West Coast Region and West Coast NCSY. Galina and Joseph Samuel of Beverly Hills were honored with the Keter Shem […]

OU Kosher Keeps On Keeping On

June 16, 2011, by

More praise for visiting speakers from OU Kosher Coming! On erev Shavuos, Rabbi Eli Eleff addressed 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade boys at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, in Edison, NJ. He demonstrated a variety of issues pertaining to kashrus supervision, including such engaging tools as a video overview of the process and an interactive label analysis. On Isru Chag, Rabbi Reuven […]

We Did It Our Way

June 16, 2011, by

More than 140 spent Shabbat in West Orange, NJ for the Our Way Annual Family and Singles Shabbaton. Highlights of the included davening interpreted into American Sign Language, workshops for parents, singles, and teens, and a special camp program for the children. Speakers included Dr. Ronald Hoffman, Director of The Cochlear Implant Center at New York Eye and […]

Taking (Jewish) Action

June 16, 2011, by

The Summer 5771 issue of the OU’s Jewish Action magazine is here, with a cover story on teens entitled, “Getting Their Attention.” Among the articles on this topic, Rabbi Steven Burg, International Director of NCSY, writes on “Keeping Our Kids on the Derech,” while “Reaching the iPod Generation” includes vignettes from OU staff writer extraordinaire Bayla Sheva Brenner and eight NCSY […]

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