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OU-JLIC Students & Educators Launch Campaign to Help Firefighters in Israel

December 8, 2016, by

L to R: Elan Karoll, Ahava Schachter-Zarembski, and Hayley Nagelberg. For Jewish students at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the recent devastating fires that spread throughout Israel was an opportunity to share warmth – in a positive way. Illini Hillel, Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative, and the Israel Education Center joined together this week

First Jewish justice appointed to Argentina’s Supreme Court

June 22, 2016, by

From the JTA: Carlos Rosenkrantz, a Buenos Aires attorney and law professor, as well as a former presidential adviser, will be the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court of Argentina. Rosenkrantz, 57, is expected to be sworn in to the nation’s highest court next month after being approved last week by two-thirds of the

Anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses doubled in 2015, ADL reports

June 22, 2016, by

From the JTA: Anti-Semitic incidents on American college campuses nearly doubled in 2015, the Anti-Defamation League reported. In addition, the number of anti-Semitic assaults across the country increased by more than 60 percent, according to the organization’s audit of such incidents released Wednesday. A total of 90 incidents were reported on 60 college campuses last year, compared with 47

My Plea to the Jewish Communtiy

June 15, 2016, by

The following article was published in the Queens Jewish Link. Although I am only 24 years old, I see myself as having achieved more than most young adults.  A college graduate with a 3.94 GPA who balanced school, extracurricular activities, and other life responsibilities, I never could have predicted that I would one day be

OU Condemns Violent Attack in Florida

June 14, 2016, by

No American should be assailed for their personal identity. After the conclusion of the Jewish Sabbath and Holiday of Shavuot, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America stated its condemnation for the violent attack in Orlando, Florida. Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union’s executive director for public policy stated: “The Orthodox Union strongly condemns the

Twenty Minutes of Action: An Indefensible Revictimization

June 8, 2016, by

I didn’t follow the case of Brock Turner too closely. He’s the Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of raping an unconscious 22-year-old woman. Ultimately, he got six months – with the possibility of a reduction for good behavior – because the judge was concerned that prison would have a “severe impact” on Turner. Many

Savitsky Talks: Is the Torah in Favor of Gun Control?

June 7, 2016, by

In this episode of Savitsky Talks, Stephen Savitsky talks with Rabbi Josh Flug about his latest article for Jewish Action where he discussed the Jewish perspective on gun control. Savitsky is the former chairman of the board and a past president of the Orthodox Union. Savitsky Talks is a weekly 20 minute audio program with interviews

Every Vote Counts in Local Elections

May 23, 2016, by

Just how important is it to vote in local elections? Maury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs for OU Advocacy, explains in The Five Towns Jewish Times: There’s nothing like a Presidential election to boost our patriotism and dedication to the political process. But when it comes to improving our daily lives, there’s nothing like

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