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Batya Rosner

Batya Rosner is a staff writer of the Orthodox Union and ou.org

Passover Recipe Roundup

April 12, 2016, by

Pesach recipes are everywhere you look. Facebook alone abounds in groups dedicated to Passover recipes. We searched through some of our favorite food blogs for some easy treats this Pesach. Here’s a sample menu we put together for some chol hamoed dining delights. Charoset Smoothie (Dairy) Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat gives a twist to these seder

Tackling the Challenges of Leaning In as an Orthodox Woman

March 31, 2016, by

Can Orthodox women lean in? Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz believes they can. The phrase “Lean In” was popularized by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her book of the same name. “The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream,” she wrote. For Sandberg, leaning is the call for women to

A Purim to Remember for NYU Students

March 31, 2016, by

Rabbi Joe Wolfson went to sleep Purim night on a high after one of his greatest religious and communal Jewish experiences ever. As the OU-JLIC Torah Educator at New York University, Rabbi Wolfson and his wife, Corinne Shmuel, serve as role models and community organizers on campus in partnership with Hillel. In the weeks leading

Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Steaka!

March 16, 2016, by

Traditional hamantaschen may be filled with jam, but these meat-filled Purim treats are a sweet, sweet treat as well. As one blog comment read, “Everyone wants real food, but we want to stick to tradition, too, so this is absolutely perfect.” —- Easy Pulled BBQ Brisket Hamentaschen According to recipe developer Alex Idov (aka The

New Twists on Hamentaschen

March 9, 2016, by

One of the most beloved foods of the holiday are hamantaschen, a cookie baked in a triangular shape with a sweet filling in the middle. While traditional flavors such as apricot and raspberry fillings are delicious, creative variations on these Adar treats have become all the rage in recent years. Here are some hamantaschen fun

Orthodox Women Shine at NY NCSY’s She’s Got Talent

March 3, 2016, by

Three contestants were the grand winners at She’s Got Talent, the female-only competition organized by the New York Region of NCSY on Feb. 28, but it was the sold-out show itself that left the audience and participants abuzz. NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. “My only goal was to inspire and

NCSYers Make a Difference in Flood-Ravaged Texas

February 25, 2016, by

Ten student leaders from the New York Region of NCSY flew to Texas over Presidents’ Day Weekend to volunteer in a city still recovering from flooding. The disaster relief mission to Taylor, Texas was part of a new leadership program developed by NCSY’s New York Region to meet the needs of students looking to build

Women Take Center Stage at ‘She’s Got Talent’ Grand Finale

February 18, 2016, by

When Karni Abell’s family made aliyah to Ra’anana last year, the 15-year-old left behind her friends and her childhood home in Chicago, but one thing came with her: her music. Although she’s thrilled to be living in Israel, Karni credits music for helping her through the initial rocky transition of moving to a new country.

NCSY Honors Alumni Serving as Lone Soldiers

January 21, 2016, by

They may have been lone soldiers, but they were anything but alone. Once an NCSYer, always an NCSYer. Nearly 80 NCSY alumni who are currently serving in the IDF or in Shearut Le’umi (National Service) gathered last motzei Shabbat for an appreciation dinner at Papagaio thrown by the NCSY’s Alumni division. NCSY is the international

Inside the Bakeries that Make Chanukah Treats

December 10, 2015, by

One thousand doughnuts a day. That’s how many oily treats L’Esti’s Desserts, an OU Kosher-certified bakeshop, fries up and ships out in the weeks leading up to—and during—Chanukah.  Approximately  18,000 treats will be sizzled, drizzled and supplied to stores across the country. Known for their high-quality, high-end kosher desserts for caterers, L’Esti’s began packaging their