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Join Us in Celebrating a Shabbat of Solidarity with Israel

October 15, 2015, by

Our tradition teaches us that the most effective weapon in the arsenal of the Jewish people is our unity. Even the wicked King Ahab, an idol worshipper, met with success in his wars to defend our people in the merit of Jewish unity. We therefore join with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish

Wave of Terror in Israel: Latest Updates

October 8, 2015, by

As new terror attacks continue to emerge in Israel, it’s important to stay informed. The links below will provide coverage from numerous major media outlets in Israel: Arutz 7 Times of Israel Ha’aretz Jerusalem Post

Simchat Torah in the Henkin’s Hometown

October 7, 2015, by

How do you celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah in the wake of a horrific murder that left four children orphaned? Lee-at Salomon, a neighbor of the Henkin family, wrote this article for The Times of Israel, describing how their community managed to celebrate the holiday. It’s a testament to the strength of the Henkin

Wach: A Summer on Yad B’Yad

October 1, 2015, by

Ever wonder what it’s like to spend a summer on Yachad NJCD’s Yad B’Yad summer program? Each year dozens of teenagers from across the United States journey to Israel with their disabled peers to experience the wonders of Israel. Watch this video for a glimpse of how life-changing a summer on Yad B’Yad can be.

OU Israel Brings 160 At-Risk Teens to Yerushalayim for a Day of Learning and Prayer

September 17, 2015, by

On Thursday, September 17, the second day of the Ten Days of Repentance, OU Israel’s Jack E. Gindi Oraita Program for at-risk Israeli teens, primarily from low-socioeconomic communities, brought 160 teens to Yerushalayim for an educational day of learning and growth. This was the first time that many of these teens visited Yerushalayim and prayed

The Teshuva of Shabbat

September 16, 2015, by

(Excerpt from When God is Near: On the High Holidays, by Rabbi Yehuda Amital) For decades, thousands from around the world gathered to join Rabbi Yehuda Amital zt”l as he led the High Holiday prayers at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Right before the most critical points in the services, at moments of high spiritual intensity, he

For Rosh Hashanah: OU Certified Products List

September 10, 2015, by

Honey Dutch Gold Blossom Hill Gefen Honey Bee Smith Bee Wine Welner Wines – Terrenal Cabernet and Tempranillo from Spain Royal Wines – Baron Herzog Pinot Grigio, Red Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Covenant Wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Solomon, Zahav, Chardonnay Lavan Challah Grandpa’s ‘Ohl Southern’ Wenner Bread Products Zabar’s Gelbstein’s   Pomegranate Dekuyper Pomegranate

Social Justice Hero, NCSY Champion

September 3, 2015, by

The OU’s own “Liberal Lion,” Dr. David Luchins, national vice president of the Orthodox Union, honored by JCPA   For Dr. David Luchins, the Torah’s commitment to making the world a better place is clear. “Judaism is all about helping the poor, the weak and the widows,” Luchins explained. “My rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik taught

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