OU Staff

New Kosher Restaurant Opens… in Siberia!

June 5, 2015, by

Good news if you’re ever sent to Siberia. There now is a kosher restaurant. Jokes aside, life in Siberia is far from bleak for Jews, especially in the city of Novosibirsk. The London-based Jewish Chronicle reported that the city recently opened a $5 million Jewish community center that includes a shul, a wedding hall and

Help Our Yeshivas, Help Your Pocketbook

June 4, 2015, by

In just two weeks, one of the most crucial bills at the NY state level that can benefit our community will either be approved by our state legislators, or tossed to the side, as has been the case till now. The ‘Parental Choice in Education Act’, also known as the Education Tax Credit, was proposed

Should New York City Fund Security Guards for Yeshivas?

June 4, 2015, by

Standing on the steps of City Hall in downtown Manhattan, Letitia James, the New York City public advocate, turned to the private school students arrayed like a backdrop behind her and ended the speech she gave in mid-May with a shout: “We want school safety agents!” The children — Muslim girls with their heads covered,

Behind the Veil with Kleinfeld’s Modest Bridal Consultant

June 3, 2015, by

When Rochel Leah Katz, a consultant at iconic New York bridal boutique Kleinfeld, was hired for her job nearly 16 years ago, she assumed the position would be temporary. Katz had no formal education in fashion, much less bridal fashion. But in her tight-knit, Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, she’d always been known by family

A Roaring Good Read

June 3, 2015, by

Forget building a buzz around his new book, Rabbi Natan Slifkin is getting a roar. Rabbi Slifkin, author of The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom—Volume One: Chayot/Wild Animals, recently visited Akwaaba Lodge in South Africa to film scenes for his upcoming documentary on the animal kingdom in Jewish thought. The first volume of The Torah

A Water Logged Blog

June 2, 2015, by

Rabbi Aaron Levitt is the Judaic Principal at Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston. He described his family’s experience with the recent flooding on his blog, The Rodeo Rabbi. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to see your house and cars under water. We woke up at 3 a.m. hearing dripping noises

New Brooklyn Holocaust Museum to Cater to Charedi Population

June 2, 2015, by

A new Brooklyn Holocaust museum aims to take a different approach to remembering the Holocaust. As Cathryn J. Prince explains in the Times of Israel: “Not only is the Kleinman center Brooklyn’s first Holocaust museum, it is the first in the US to portray the Shoah from an Orthodox Jewish perspective. The museum aims to

Jewish Guys with Nazi Guns

June 1, 2015, by

In this first person Op-Ed, Tom Tugend of the Jewish Telegraph Agency describes his experience as a foreign volunteer during Israel’s War of Independence: In May 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the

Israeli Recognition, At Last, For Jews Who Fought the Nazis

May 29, 2015, by

As a proud patriot, Brooklyn-born Dan Nadel enlisted in the US army right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But there was another force driving him to battle — his Jewish faith. “What Hitler was doing to the Jews, I knew he had to be killed and stopped,” the 95-year-old decorated veteran said from

How to Solve the Jewish Day School ‘Tuition Crisis’

May 28, 2015, by

Everyone asks us, what can be done about the cost of a day school education? Week after week, the tuition crisis comes to our attention, front and center. Rabbis, couples and concerned members of the community call us, email us, and approach us after davening regarding the financial pressures threatening our schools and squeezing our

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