COMMUNITY PROJECTS & PARTNERSHIPSWORKING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY
people from 19 countries and 35 states visited the OU Virtual Jewish Community Home Relocation Fair
Kosher Money podcast listens
safety reflector belts have been distributed to synagogues throughout North America
The Department of Community Projects & Partnerships works to enhance Jewish communal life worldwide by strengthening community leaders, organizations, and infrastructure; by confronting ongoing communal challenges; by responding to crises and natural disasters; and by bringing Torah values to life.
GROWING AND STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES
The OU Virtual Jewish Community Home Relocation Fair showcases the amenities of Orthodox Jewish communities and assists people interested in relocating to find a Jewish community that fits their religious, cultural, social, and financial needs.
IN 2022 THE FAIR HOSTED
58 communities from 22 states and Israel
17 new communities that joined the Fair this year
Virtual Auditorium sessions highlighting various communities and sponsors
OU COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP RESOURCES
Communal Growth Leadership seminars enable community representatives to collaborate with the OU and develop important strategies and techniques for growth. “Legal Use of Images and Videos” and “Marketing of the Community” were among the recent seminar topics.
The OU Community Road Trip provides department professionals an opportunity to hear from local leaders and learn firsthand about the strengths
and challenges of our communities. In summer 2022, visits and meetings took place with leaders
of Wilkes-Barre (PA), Scranton (PA), Cleveland (OH), Southfield (MI), Oak Park (MI), Pittsburgh (PA), Northeast Philadelphia (PA), and Bensalem (PA).
The lobby of the virtual convention hall where visitors chose the area they wanted to visit. Over 2,500 people from around the world visited the OU’s virtual Community Home Relocation Fair in 2022.
SPIRIT (Stimulating Program Initiative for Retirees that Inspires Thought)
As baby boomers leave their professional responsibilities, they often look for spiritual, educational, physical, and intellectual stimulation. The SPIRIT program answers these vital needs.
7,000 people in 19 countries
participated in live programs
50 SPIRIT partner synagogues
promote programs to their members
Past SPIRIT programs included:
Halachic aspects of end-of-life issues, tefillah, and aliyah
Treating chronic exhaustion
Jewish history and issues of kashrut
How to advocate for your loved one or yourself
Rabbi Simon Taylor, national director, Community Projects & Partnerships (left) with Rabbi Pinchos Novoseller, rabbi at Centers Health Care, where Living Smarter Jewish provided financial literacy education for their employees.
STRENGTHENING PARENTS, STRENGTHENING FAMILIES
A healthy parent-child relationship is a core Jewish value. Partnering with experts in the field, the new Gen Aleph initiative focuses on strengthening that bond, so children feel loved and connected to their family and mesorah.
The Initiative includes:
Guiding Good Choices: Parents and caregivers learn to promote healthy development and reduce risky behavior among teens
The Jews Next Dor Podcast: Raising the next generation of committed and passionate Jews
The Digital Citizenship Project: Teaching parents how to best interact with technology to ensure a safe online experience
The Healthy Habits Hub: Encouraging modest changes families can make to create positive results in their homes
The Kosher Money podcast, founded with the help of and produced in conjunction with LSJ, has over 5 million listens.
I just met with Stacey Zrihen. AMAZING!!!! I work with Excel all day, but the way she lines up your life, all the things that you never think twice about putting into a budget, and then turning it into a plan.”
– KOSHER MONEY VIEWER
KLAL YISRAEL RESPONDS TO THE UKRAINE CRISIS
Immediately following the news of the Russian invasion, the Orthodox Union, with partners that included Vaad Hatzalah and Chabad, mobilized a team of professionals and volunteers who launched a centralized food distribution campaign. OU Kosher coordinated food donations from several OU-certified companies.
people inside Ukraine and 7,500 outside Ukraine received food
Tens of thousands
of toys were distributed to orphanages in Berlin, Ukraine, Israel, and to the Ukrainian children’s organization Tikva Odessa
tons of food and medicine distributed for Passover
raised from over 10K donors
kg of meat and chicken, 50,000 liters of grape juice, 35,000 kg of matzah, and 22,000 ready-to-eat meals distributed
A thank you letter from the Persidskyi family. This is one of many notes from families and individuals receiving help from Jewish communities around the world.
We are very grateful for you. It is especially
important in these difficult times for Ukraine, when our country is trying to survive in the war with the Russian invaders. Thanks to you we are able to buy food for our family. We are deeply indebted to you for your generosity and help.”
– THE KRICHKER FAMILY
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