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House lawmakers urge increased security funding for Jewish institutions

April 6, 2017, by

“We commend the many legislators who are working to better protect our citizens and institutions, particularly as we witness this disturbing surge in attacks against our community,” O.U. President Mark Bane said in a Monday statement. “No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to school or attend religious services. The

Call for Jewish Writing Submissions

February 6, 2017, by

Looking for a place to publish that insightful dvar Torah you’re proud of? Did you just pen a powerful personal essay with a Jewish theme, that you’re dreaming of getting out to the bigger world?

NY1 Reports on Torah in the City

January 17, 2017, by

“Members of the Jewish community flocked to Queens on Sunday for a day of learning,” NY1 reported. “The Orthodox Union held its first annual Torah in the City seminar in CitiField.” Watch the full video here: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/queens/news/2017/01/16/orthodox-union-holds–torah-in-the-city–at-citi-field.html

The Fires of Israel, Up Close: Eyewitness Testimony

December 1, 2016, by

My friends and I are beyond excited. We are in Neve Soff for Shabbat. A beautiful place, surrounded by hundreds of leafy trees, planted by the hardworking people living in the Yishuv. We ask our hosts Amy and Mickey, both doctors of science, why they decided to live in the middle of the Shomron –

Get Out the Vote!

November 7, 2016, by

Friends and Partners of Orthodox Union Advocacy, With Election Day upon us, I urge you to make the time to vote tomorrow, November 8. There are many contested races this year, from the presidential level to the House and Senate, down to state legislative races, and it is critically important that you vote in every

Orthodox Girls Find Their Performance Spotlight at Camp Maor

November 3, 2016, by

Gillian Herszage spends 48 weeks a year away from her best friends. As a ninth grader from Columbus, Ohio, Gillian had spent most of her life straddling two groups and never fully fitting into either: there were the frum kids at her school, who mostly didn’t share her passion for dance and acting; and there

Oldest Hebrew mention of Jerusalem found on rare papyrus from 7th century BCE

October 27, 2016, by

A rare, ancient papyrus dating to the First Temple Period — 2,700 years ago — has been found to bear the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew. The fragile text, believed plundered from a cave in the Judean Desert cave, was apparently acquired by the Israel Antiquities Authority during a sting in 2012 when

OU Communities Respond to Hurricane Matthew

October 6, 2016, by

The Toco Hills community in Atlanta, anchored by OU affiliate shuls Congregation Beth Jacob and Young Israel of Toco Hills, is working on a coordinated effort to make home hospitality available to members of the Jewish communities of the Carolinas and Florida who are affected by Hurricane Matthew. Over 50 local families have already signed

Strengthening Jerusalem’s Women One Song at a Time

September 12, 2016, by

“COUNT THE STARS – The Journey of Avraham and Sara”, a spectacular biblical musical about the couple that changed humanity with their faith and loving kindness, is one of the most exciting projects at the OU Israel Center this season. Two evenings a week, dancers, singers and gymnasts rehearse on every floor and in the stairwells too, in preparation

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