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Life

A Pittsburgh Rebbetzin Reflects on This Week’s Tragedy

October 31, 2018, by

This Shabbos morning began like any other. My husband gave the littlest kids their breakfast so that I could get a few extra minutes of sleep. After he left for shul, I got myself and the kids dressed, and we headed next door to our shul, PZ. The only excitement was that my oldest son

The OU Impact Accelerator: Takeaways from Our New Beginning

October 18, 2018, by

At the OU Impact Accelerator, we are elated for our very own new beginning. On September 4th, we hosted the final selection night to decide on our inaugural OU Impact Accelerator cohort: 4-6 Jewish nonprofit entrepreneurs who will each receive seed funding and a six-month mentorship program. At the final selection night, 12 semi-finalists pitched

Student Population at NYC Jewish Schools Rivals Numbers at Charter Schools

October 9, 2018, by

The number of students attending Jewish day schools and yeshivas in New York City is nearly as large as the entire New York City-based charter school population, according to the New York state Department of Education. The number K-12 students attending Jewish day schools and yeshivas in the city now exceeds 110,000, an increase of

In Orthodox Dating Scene, Matchmakers Go Digital

October 8, 2018, by

The breakup had been painful, but Rivka was looking to get back on the dating circuit. “I don’t think I ever would have seen myself going through an online forum to date,” said the recent Ivy League graduate living on the Upper West Side, citing a background in mixed-gender educational and social settings. “I just

Beit Midrash of Teaneck Begins Torah Study for Retirees

October 8, 2018, by

The Jewish baby boomer generation represents a significant demographic that enjoys a number of benefits, including relative longevity, financial security, career and lifestyle choices, and educational achievement. As many retire, they are faced with a new challenge of how to maintain a level of activity and engagement that is both healthy and satisfying. In this

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