OU Staff

Remembering Anne Samson a’h

July 29, 2015, by

At the Orthodox Union, we speak a lot about The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ). We speak a lot about it for some very good reasons: the trip is NCSY’s flagship summer program for Jewish public school teens. TJJ  takes teens on an inspiring tour throughout the land of Israel as many experience their Jewish

‘Worst Day Ever’ Inspires

July 27, 2015, by

Perhaps by now you’ve come across the poem “Worst Day Ever?” The poem has been making waves across social media as an anonymous post until the author’s identity was revealed last week: 16-year-old Chanie Gorkin, a student at the all-girls Lubavitch high school Beth Rivkah in Crown Heights. Beyond the scope of Jewish publications, the

Omri Cassppi NBA Star Wears Tefillin

July 22, 2015, by

Omir Casspi was the first Israeli to play in the NBA. If that wasn’t enough nachas, Omri recently did a Q and A on Twitter where he responded to reader’s questions. He currently plays as a power forward for the Sacramento Kings and he explains, his 18 jersey number stands for Chai. When a Twitter-user

One Heck of a Ma’aser Check

July 21, 2015, by

  With a $39 million dollar check from Microsoft, fortunate are those to be on the receiving end of Shloma Baum’s ma’aser check. The Satmar Chassid from Kiryas Joel recently sold FieldOne Systems, his field services management company, to the industrial giant. An article on Geektime, a newsblog dedicated to the fields of science and

Modest is Hottest

July 21, 2015, by

Modest is hottest! No, that isn’t an inspirational Jewish bumper sticker—yet. Guess again. Advice for keeping cool while staying covered up was the focus of a Loving Your Body post featured on The Today Show website last week. The content is taken from modest fashion bloggers ranging from Muslim to Christian women, and Jewish blogger

JTA Op-Ed: Stop BDS By Supporting Jewish Youth Trips to Israel

July 14, 2015, by

And we couldn’t agree more. Sociologist David Bryfman and Steven M. Cohen write in the JTA that the recent investment in combating the scourge of BDS should also include elements of sending Jewish teenagers on Israel summer programs. The two cite their own work on The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey, where teens who attended the program

Publish or Perish? Both?

July 13, 2015, by

Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin, NCSY’s director of education, recently published his first sefer. He wrote about the experience for the immensely popular Seforim blog. My recently published sefer, “Berogez Racheim Tizkor” (trans: “In your anger, you shall remember to have mercy”), whose title is based on the verse in Habbakuk 3:2 and traditionally recited each morning

Meet Anne Neuberger: Chief Risk Officer of the NSA

July 13, 2015, by

Wow. Stop what you’re doing and read (and listen) to this amazing profile of Anne Neuberger, Chief Risk Officer of the NSA (yes, that NSA!) from NPR. Neuberger grew up in Brooklyn in an ultra-Orthodox family. She spoke Yiddish. Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors and her parents were on the hijacked Air France flight in

A Letter from Iran

July 9, 2015, by

This is probably going to be the strangest story you’ll hear about Israel and Iran. In 1976, the Supreme Commander of Iran sent a condolence letter to the Mossad station chief in Tehran. The letter praised the Entebbe raid and called Yoni Netanyahu, who was killed on the mission,  a “martyr.” The Times of Israel

The Jewish Female James Bond

July 9, 2015, by

That headline probably made you wonder, didn’t it? The UK’s Jewish Chronicle has the scoop on the woman who kept Britain’s Jewish community safe for the last 25 years. Until her recent retirement, Carol Laster was head of the Community Security Trust, the organization tasked with providing security for Jewish communities in England. She kept