OU Staff

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

Mensch on a Bench Goes Mainstream

December 10, 2014, by

Three years ago while strolling through a department store during the holiday season, Neal Hoffman’s four-year-old son spied the popular Christmas toy, Elf on a Shelf. Afflicted with Christmas envy, his son begged for one. Hoffman shook his head and explained that Jews don’t have an Elf on a Shelf. “We have,” he quipped, thinking

Yeshiva Student Stabbed At Chabad Headquarters

December 9, 2014, by

Police shot and killed a man who stabbed a 22-year-old Israeli student early this morning at Chabad World Headquarters in Brooklyn. Please recite tehillim for Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel. The Daily News has the latest on the attack.