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A Shabbat to Remember – 80 Years Since Kristallnacht

November 8, 2018, by

This Shabbat (November 9-10) will mark 80 years since Kristallnacht, the ‘Night of the Broken Glass,’ when the Nazis destroyed hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish businesses. Below are some news reports and videos, including firsthand accounts from survivors: These Jewish Children Were Eyewitnesses to Kristallnacht (Ha’aretz) Kristallnacht survivor Andy Factor warns of rising

Memorial Poster Honors the Victims of Pittsburgh Attack

November 1, 2018, by

From Congregation Tirefeth Beth David Jerualem in Montreal: We undertook a project a few days ago to help pay tribute to the 11 holy victims whose lives were taken in Pittsburgh. A poster with their photos and names was created. It was displayed at our community vigil Monday night, and last night 4-foot tall versions

New Cookbook Provides Fresh, Tasty and Healthy Additions to Your Repertoire

October 23, 2018, by

Oy Vey Vegan, a new cookbook by Estee Raviv is a beautiful collection of vegan recipes with a Mediterranean flare. Enjoy a preview with these two recipes – both modern takes on Jewish culinary classics! Click here for more details or to purchase the book Kneidlach / Matzo Ball (20 balls) In the process of

The OU Impact Accelerator: Takeaways from Our New Beginning

October 18, 2018, by

At the OU Impact Accelerator, we are elated for our very own new beginning. On September 4th, we hosted the final selection night to decide on our inaugural OU Impact Accelerator cohort: 4-6 Jewish nonprofit entrepreneurs who will each receive seed funding and a six-month mentorship program. At the final selection night, 12 semi-finalists pitched

The Psychology of Tisha B’Av & Kinot: Five Questions for Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

July 18, 2018, by

We recently had the privilege of speaking with Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb about the deeper meaning of Tisha B’Av. Rabbi Weinreb, a clinical psychotherapist and internationally-renowned Torah scholar, hosts the OU’s annual Tisha B’Av webcast. He is also the translator of the kinot in The Lookstein Edition of the Mesorat HaRav Kinot (co-published with the OU).

Bar Mitzvah Story

June 7, 2018, by

This summer more than 1,550 young adults (the largest amount ever) from diverse backgrounds and communities will experience Israel through Israel Free Spirit, an official Birthright Israel trip provider. Before the trip, many participants have never had the opportunity to genuinely connect to their Jewish identity. The climax of every Israel Free Spirit Birthright trip is highlighted

Help Make 10,000 Shidduchim

May 9, 2018, by

On Chol Hamoed Pesach, April 4th, newly engaged couple Yisroel Levin and Elisheva Kaplan were killed in a fiery car crash on the 878 highway beside Kennedy International airport in New York. How does one cope with such a tragedy when a parent is so excited about their child about to embark on a new