OU Staff

Wiesenthal Center’s Top 10 Anti-Semitic Incidents of 2014

December 31, 2014, by

Hoping to draw more attention to the global problem of attacks against Jews and Judaism, the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday (Dec. 29) released its list of the top 10 worst anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents of 2014. The list can “bring focus to the fact that anti-Semitism has been increasingly manifest in the mainstream of

PA Hopes to Join ICC after Statehood Bid Fails at UN Security Council

December 31, 2014, by

Abbas Files Request to Join ICC Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday signed a Palestinian request to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), seeking a new avenue for action against Israel after a failed UN resolution calling for Israel to withdraw to 1949 Armistice lines, AFP reports. Abbas signed the request along with applications to

O.U. Boosting Effort to Bring Gov. Funding into Jewish Schools

December 30, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union is launching a multimillion-dollar advocacy campaign to increase government funding for Jewish day schools in New York. The organization will be adding staff to the 10 full-timers already working on the issue and launching a multi-year campaign, according to its executive vice president, Allen Fagin. He also said the O.U. will retain

Tokyo Goes Kosher

December 29, 2014, by

A first restaurant with an official kashrut certificate is set to open in Japan’s capital city next week. The restaurant, called “Chana’s Place,” is located in the Chabad House in central Tokyo’s Takanawa neighborhood. It is expected to serve the hundreds of Jews living in the city, as well as the thousands of Israeli and

Rabbi Zvi Engel: The Voice of Father

December 26, 2014, by

An inspiring message as we think about the life of Moses and the Book of Exodus. R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the Jewish community. On June 30, 2014, at the annual Rabbinical Council of America Conference, 10 rabbis gave high quality TED-like presentations and were professionally

No Other Way to Spin This Story

December 23, 2014, by

A CBS News report on Chanukah found the OU’s Rabbi Eliyahu Safran front and center – along with his massive collection of dreidels:

Chanukah Videos Light up YouTube

December 16, 2014, by

The Maccabeats perform “All About that Neis” a parody of the similar-sounding Meghan Trainor song: Jewish a capella group Six13 struck Internet gold this week with their new Chanukah video/song – a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” With media coverage in multiple outlets—from the Kansas City Star and 1010WINS to WCBS TV and

Alan Gross Released by Cuba Following Five Year Imprisonment

December 11, 2014, by

UPDATE: Alan Gross has been released by Cuba and is currently on his way to the US. Read below about last week’s efforts by synagogues across the country to pray for Gross’s release. The roots of the mitzvah of pidyon sh’vuyim, redemption of the imprisoned, can be found in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeshev. The

The Future Role of Women in Orthodox Jewish Life

December 11, 2014, by

Listen to the full interview In a new Savitsky Talks series, Stephen Savitsky talks to his interviewees about the future of the role of women in Orthodox Jewish life. This week, Stephen spoke with Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder of Nishmat, the Center For Advanced Torah Study For Women. Rabbanit Henkin spoke about the state of