OU Staff

Do You Believe in Common Decency?

January 8, 2015, by

In response to the frequent headlines which depict Orthodox Jews in a negative light—e.g. flight delays for refusal to sit next to a woman—Jew in the City’s Allison Josephs is asking you to respond. Read her latest post and indicate that you’re an Orthodox Jew who strives to live by these aforementioned Torah principles and

Judges Rule: Westhampton Eruv Stays

January 8, 2015, by

The Thin Jew Line Remains It seems that the newly installed Westhampton eruv is here to stay according to a three member federal court of appeals that ruled against an appeal brought by opponents to the eruv on January 6. The arduous and contentious legal battle for an eruv in the Hamptons has been ongoing

Record Number of Visits to Auschwitz in 2014

January 6, 2015, by

A record number of people visited Auschwitz in 2014, with the museum logging 1,534,000 visits. The former Nazi concentration camp complex, which is open to the public, consists of Auschwitz and Birkenau (Auschwitz II), as well as the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. According to officials, the highest number of visitors—some 398,000—came from within Poland, followed by

Sheldon Rudoff A”H Memorial Lecture – Wed. Jan 7 at 8pm

January 1, 2015, by

The Beth Din of America and the Orthodox Union invite you to the annual Sheldon Rudoff A”H Memorial Lecture: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • 8:00 pm The Jewish Center • 131 West 86th Street, New York City Rabbi Shaul Robinson (Rabbi, Lincoln Square Synagogue) will speak about: Coveting, Consumerism and Consumption: Does the 10th Commandment

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