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Bayla Sheva Brenner

Bayla Sheva Brenner is senior staff writer of the Orthodox Union.

24-Hour Fundraiser Nets 80K to Keep Heart to Heart Beating Strong

February 25, 2016, by

Last week, the Jewish campus outreach movement Heart to Heart, part of the Orthodox Union’s NextGen Division, tried to raise $60,000 in 24 hours. In the end, they didn’t raise the $60,000. They raised $80,000! Heart to Heart began as a simple idea. While studying bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, Hart Levine

Yachad Gifts Opens First Retail Store

August 24, 2015, by

New Store Provides Job Training and Meaningful Employment to Individuals with Disabilities   Brandon Levine, a Yachad Gifts trainee, stands before a table lined with a dozen wicker baskets. Four floors below him, Coney Island Avenue’s cacophony of honking horns provides an apt accompaniment to busy hands. Brandon sticks a glue dot on the back

Jewish Conversion Up Close

October 29, 2014, by

“You shall love the proselyte,” Devarim 10:19. “You shall not oppress a proselyte,” Shemot 23:9 On the 3rd of Marcheshvan, Knesset law paved the way for a vote on the controversial Conversion Bill. If passed, the law could transfer the authority for Jewish conversion to local rabbinical authorities in place of one central rabbinate. Many

The Gabbai With Autism: A Living Lesson in Inclusion

February 20, 2014, by

Meet Eli Gorelik, the twenty-three-year-old gabbai whom Tifereth Israel’s 200-member congregation has come to respect and rely upon. He’s likely one of the youngest gabbaim in the world. He’s also probably the only one with autism. On Shabbat, Eli clears the bimah for Keriat haTorah; he also presents the yad to the ba’al keriah and

Connecting Heaven and Earth with Acrylic and Oil

September 2, 2005, by

Atara London Grenadir – Painting from the Inside Out  By Bayla Sheva Brenner “My works are ‘soul works’, not just a representation of a Jewish theme,” says Atara London Grenadir, popular abstract painter and down-home Oklahoma girl, whom Ivan Karp, founder of Manhattan’s O.K. Harris Gallery, called a “color visionary.” Twenty years ago, she sold

Our Way Helps Jewish Deaf Singles Find Their Perfect Match

June 10, 2005, by

A runaway bestseller back in the seventies opened with these wise words, “Life is hard.” I think we can give the Jewish singles’ update on that observation. Shidduchim is harder. The grueling dating process, the humiliating questions, the endless loneliness. It makes climbing Mt. Everest sound like a pleasant jaunt. Now imagine conducting life’s most

The OU Provides Orthodox Jews a Haven on Campus

May 6, 2005, by

There’s something unusual going on at the Brooklyn College campus lately. Each day, a young rabbi sporting a beard and ready smile walks across the campus eliciting a flurry of enthusiastic waves, nods, and requests to meet him later. It wasn’t always like this. Every year, tens of thousands of young men and women move