Batya Rosner

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

Small City Takes the Big Prize: Meet Fair Lawn, NJ

April 15, 2015, by

Fair Lawn, New Jersey— whose Jewish community will be featured participants in the upcoming OU Jewish Communities Fair on Sunday, April 26 in Manhattan—has recently been named the top small city in the Garden State in 2015 by travel website CityDescribed.com. According to the website, Fair Lawn offers a wide range of components to be

Finding Greener Davening, in Georgia

March 31, 2015, by

Those considering leaving the concrete jungles of the Greater New York area for greener pastures will certainly have options for observant Jewish communities at this year’s OU Jewish Communities Fair coming up on Sunday, April 26. Atlanta offers a different style of greener pasture. A greener davening, if you will. Within the Torah observant community

Blog Kasher V’Sameach

March 23, 2015, by

We’ve reached out to three popular bloggers to share some easy, delicious, kosher for Passover recipes. Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve recipes and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy should not be eaten together. Enjoy! Kosher in the Kitch By Nina Safar Cheesecake Brownies  (Dairy)

Special Education Beyond the Big Apple

March 18, 2015, by

In the halls of Phoenix Hebrew Academy you may meet a young man with cerebral palsy. The 13-year old relies on a walker and wears a soft helmet on his head in case he falls, but he is perhaps best recognized by the peers around him, who offer to carry his books and assist him

NAIM 2015: Reaching Beyond, Impacting More

March 18, 2015, by

With 25,000 members of the broad Jewish community across the United States and Canada engaged within more than 100 programs in honor of North American Inclusion Month (NAIM), the initiative to springboard and inspire awareness and sensitivity for individuals with special needs has made an impact. Acknowledged five years ago by the United States Congress,

The Social Event of the Spring

March 12, 2015, by

The OU Jewish Communities Fair is just around the corner, but those interested in learning more about participating communities don’t have to wait until Sunday, April 26 to establish a connection. Featuring 45 American communities, along with Nefesh B’Nefesh to help with interests of those considering aliyah, each community has utilized social media to educate

Hamantaschen: New Twists on a Holiday Classic – Part Two

February 25, 2015, by

Due to popular demand, we present more unique twists on our Purim classics by popular kosher bloggers…because there are just too many exciting options to fit into one page! Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve hamantaschen and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy hamantaschen should

Hamantaschen: New Twists on a Holiday Classic – Part I

February 19, 2015, by

We’ve reached out to three popular bloggers to share some easy, delicious and not-your-Bubby’s-style hamantaschen. Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve hamantaschen and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy hamantaschen should not be eaten together. Enjoy! CookKosher By Leah Schapira Savory Deli Hamantaschen (Meat) Yield:

Having Fun Raising Funds for Team Yachad

December 31, 2014, by

Pinny Kwestel baked 4,000 mini chocolate and cinnamon bobkas (each about the size of a mini-muffin) after more than 14 hours in the kitchen on multiple weekends. Not bad for a 16 year old high school student. Pinny had first learned to bake while in middle school, selling his homemade baked goods. High school brought

OU Hosts Cyber Security Training for Synagogues

December 25, 2014, by

Increased cyber-attacks against some of the most recognizable companies across the country—Target, Neiman Marcus, Discover, Home Depot and most recently, Sony—hacking confidential personal information, private emails and important projects, leaves serious potential threats against any website, including those of synagogues. “Certainly now with big corporations being targeted, synagogues are vulnerable too,” said Yehuda Friedman, associate