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Life

The John McCain I Knew

August 29, 2018, by

Dr. Mendy Ganchrow knew fellow Vietnam veteran Senator John McCain, and shared his memories of the courageous public servant and staunch supporter of Israel. Dr. Ganchrow, former Chief of Surgery Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY and Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at NY Medical College, served as President (1994-2000) and Chairman of the Board

The Psychology of Tisha B’Av & Kinot: Five Questions for Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

July 18, 2018, by

We recently had the privilege of speaking with Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb about the deeper meaning of Tisha B’Av. Rabbi Weinreb, a clinical psychotherapist and internationally-renowned Torah scholar, hosts the OU’s annual Tisha B’Av webcast. He is also the translator of the kinot in The Lookstein Edition of the Mesorat HaRav Kinot (co-published with the OU).

Superheroes Deliver Purim Treats at Tel Aviv Children’s Hospital

February 28, 2018, by

Purim is here, and nobody’s getting left behind. The residents of Ichilov Hospital’s children’s ward (in Tel Aviv) were surprised when volunteers dressed as Superman, Batman and Spiderman began scaling the walls of the building using cables attached to the roof, in an effort to reach its inhabitants, on a mission to deliver them mishloach manot,

Urgent Request for Tehillim

February 14, 2018, by

We are shocked and saddened to learn of the horrific attack and tragic loss of life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The OU is urging all to please recite Tehillim (Psalms) on behalf of those injured in the shooting, including those in critical condition who are in desperate need of rachamei

Lubbock Native’s Death in Israel Sparks Legislation to Cut Palestinian Funding

November 30, 2017, by

WASHINGTON — Stuart and Robbi Force never imagined that their son would become the face of legislation on Capitol Hill. Taylor Force, a Lubbock native and a former Army field artillery officer, was killed in a stabbing spree in Tel Aviv in March 2016 — the same day Vice President Joe Biden arrived for high-level talks with Israeli and

The Tuition Crisis: Tackling it Together

November 22, 2017, by

Teach NYS’ Jake Adler published a piece on Times of Israel on how together we can help solve one of the biggest challenges facing Jewish families today: Every few months in these pages and on other platforms someone endeavors to write a piece about the tuition crisis. Each piece is usually followed up by a

Sukkah on the Arts Quad

October 18, 2017, by

This fall, Cornell University made history with its own custom-built Sukkah on the Arts Quad, right in the middle of campus.  This Sukkah was a unique collaboration between Cornell Hillel and students in the Architecture department.  Guiding them and consulting every step of the way was OU-JLIC Educator, Rabbi Daniel Kasdan.   Architecture students began

This Shabbat Nachamu: Remember Lt. Hadar Goldin z”l

August 2, 2017, by

OU Community Engagement is calling on synagogues to publicly remember Lieutenant Hadar Goldin this Shabbat Nachamu in order to keep his memory alive and to build awareness of the urgency of the efforts to return him and Oron Shaul to Israel. Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, part of the Givati brigade was shot and killed in August

An Unforgettable Bridal Shower for a Yachad Participant at Camp Mesorah

July 26, 2017, by

On Sunday evening, July 23rd, a Yachad participant got the surprise of the summer as she entered a room filled with decorations, food and her friends, who had gathered at Camp Mesorah to celebrate her bridal shower. Tamar Schlanger, from Teaneck,NJ, has been part of the Yachad family since she was a small child. This