OU Staff

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

Turkey’s Jews Say Goodbye — But Where Are They Going?

May 28, 2015, by

The New York Times reports that Turkey’s Jewish population is on the way out. In the last ten years, the community, which is Sephardic, has shrunk from 19,500 to 17,000. The community cites a list of reasons including lack of opportunities and the rising tide of anti-Semitism—from city mayors praising Hitler to anti-Semitic crossword puzzles

What You Need to Know About New York’s Proposed Education Tax Credit

May 27, 2015, by

When Rhode Island adopted an education tax credit program a few years back, it resulted in a windfall for the state’s two Jewish day schools. Between them, their students received some $400,000 in scholarship money in the program’s first year. In Florida, tax credit legislation has resulted in nearly $10 million annually for scholarships for Jewish

Be a Part of Unity Day

May 27, 2015, by

In the summer of 2014, Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray and offer support. The sense of unity reached its peak as the three Israeli boys were found and buried together. A year later,

NCSY Alum Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell

May 27, 2015, by

Barry Berkowitz, a proud alumnus of NCSY and Camp Sports, helped ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell last month with the head of YouTube and this year’s top YouTube Stars. Berkowitz is a member of Google’s Investor Relations team and grew up in East Meadow. He attended his first NCSY Shabbaton in sixth grade and was

Why Do People Hate Jews and Judaism?

May 22, 2015, by

As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot commemorating the acceptance of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, we are profoundly disturbed by the resurgence of global anti-Semitism. What seems not sufficiently understood is the deep connection between these two, Sinai and anti-Semitism. The link between the two can allow us

Catacombs Make a Comeback as Jerusalem Seeks Room for the Dead

May 20, 2015, by

For Jews seeking eternal rest, the most coveted real estate on Earth lies in the soil of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the city is rapidly running out of room to bury the dead. And so it has come to pass that an Israeli burial organization has teamed with a cutting-edge construction firm to bore deep under a

The Immeasurable Value of a Fake Diamond Ring

May 19, 2015, by

Inside a tiny box in a temperature-controlled, locked cabinet at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, there is a ring. It is not particularly beautiful, and in purely monetary terms, it is not particularly valuable. But behind this ring is a beautiful story of survival of Jews living under Nazi occupation—people for whom the ring’s

Orthodox Jewish Commencement Speaker Finds Shabbat Workaround

May 14, 2015, by

Senior Don Greenberg was looking forward to addressing his fellow students as a commencement speaker at Binghamton University’s engineering school when his girlfriend broke the bad news: May 16, graduation day, falls on a Saturday. “Great!” he remembers telling her, in the most sarcastic of tones. A triple major from Teaneck, N.J., with a 3.93

The Jewish Origins of Kentucky Bourbon

May 13, 2015, by

There’s a fine art to creating a liquor brand. It involves convincing people to buy booze with stories crafted around popular notions of heritage and legacy. Today’s drinkers are familiar with the classic formulas: Rum is named for pirates or tropical islands (think Mount Gay or Captain Morgan); scotch brands enshrine beautiful but unpronounceable places