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Purim Best Practices

January 26, 2016, by

Innovative Purim programming ideas from successful synagogues. Events Mishloach Manot Packing for Soldiers Invite your shul members to bring in kosher food products to help assemble mishloach manot baskets for Jewish soldiers serving in the Israeli and US army. You can also have kids design and create cards with short messages for the soldiers to […]

Asara B’Tevet and Parshat Vayechi

December 20, 2015, by

The fast of the 10th day commemorates the day on which Nevuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem during the first Temple period. The siege continued for 3 years until the Temple was ultimately destroyed on the 9th of Av. If we fast to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, why do we also fast to commemorate […]

Asara B’Tevet: The Fast of the 10th of Tevet

December 15, 2015, by

In the State of Israel, Kaddish (the Jewish prayer for the deceased) is recited on this day for people whose date or place of death is unknown. Consequently, many rabbis have designated it as a day of remembrance for the Holocaust. ‘And it was in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, […]

Chanukah Best Practices

December 7, 2015, by

Looking for interesting Chanukah programming ideas? Have you checked out the OU’s Resource Bank? Just click here and search “Chanukah” and see what treasures you find!

11 Cheshvan – Rachel Imeinu Passes Away

October 21, 2015, by

On the eleventh of Cheshvan, while giving birth to her 2nd son, Binyamin, Rachel, the beloved wife of Ya’akov, died, and was buried on the road to Bethlehem. The site of her burial in Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, known to us by tradition, is covered by a stone edifice. Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, Israel For […]

Shabbat: The Holiness of Time

October 8, 2015, by

Rabbi Yochanan said, ‘Wherever you find mention of the greatness of the Holy One, Blessed Be He, there you will also find mention of his humility.

Simchat Torah Youth Programming

September 30, 2015, by

Have you checked out the OU’s all new resource bank? Be sure to click this link and search for “Simchat Torah” to find valuable holiday materials for your synagogue’s youth programming. And of course, feel free to poke around to view other great resources for your synagogue. *Pardon our dust, the resource bank is still under […]