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Voices of Faith: Memories of the 1948 War

April 19, 2023, by

In celebration of Israel’s 75th anniversary, Jewish Action presents “Voices of Faith: Memories of the 1948 War”–a short film series that tells the story of the founding of the State of Israel.  The series, made in partnership with the OU and OU Israel, includes an introduction by OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer as

Rabbi Simon Taylor, An Architect of Jewish Community

March 29, 2023, by

Architecture – that was the career Rabbi Simon Taylor was working toward when he decided he’d rather help build the Jewish community than houses.   Growing up in London, England, Rabbi Taylor’s parents, both attorneys, encouraged their children to pursue not just college degrees but clear professional pathways. But in the midst of his university studies,

Celebrating 22 Years of The Zula

February 9, 2023, by

Over 200 people participated in OU Israel’s erev Tu B’Shvat luncheon honoring Zvi Sand and celebrating 22 years of the Zula. View photos here and watch video. Photo credit: Eliyahu Yanai            

Just Do It: OU Board Member Efrat Zisblatt Dives Right In

February 2, 2023, by

OU board member Efrat (Effie) Zisblatt is a doer. The Cornell and Stanford-educated lawyer who also holds an MA in Economics, has raised four children who are beautifully emulating her values of Torah U’maddah, and has served on the boards of various school and community organizations. “I’m a hands-on person, and I want to use

For Avromie Adler, International Director of Yachad, Integration Is Key

November 30, 2022, by

Jewish communal work is in Avromie Adler’s DNA. “My mother worked the Sunday morning shift at Cleveland’s chevrah kadisha (society of Jewish people who prepare the deceased for burial) for years, and my father would take the shirt off his back for anyone who needed help in our community,” recalls Adler. “Watching my parents do

World Mourns the Loss of Kurt Rothschild, z”l

July 21, 2022, by

With profound sadness, the Orthodox Union joins the Jewish world in mourning the passing of Mr. Kurt Rothschild, z”l, who passed away on Sunday in Israel. Mr. Rothschild was the longtime president of the World Mizrachi Movement, an important builder of the Canadian Jewish community, and a driving force behind scores of significant projects benefitting Jewish communities in

Remembering Past-OU President Dr. Mendy Ganchrow, z”l

February 16, 2022, by

We mourn the passing of Dr. Mandell I. Ganchrow, z”l, a former President of the Orthodox Union (1994-2000), Chairman of the Board of Directors (2000-2002) and longstanding OU Officer. After retiring from a successful medical practice, Dr. Ganchrow chose to dedicate his life to klal work. Under his leadership, the OU founded its public policy