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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

Sharing Cultural Treasures of Medieval Judaism

July 13, 2017, by

Yeshiva University Museum’s exhibition 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford includes an extraordinary array of manuscripts and printed books seen in America for the first time.  These selections from the Corpus Christi College’s Special Collections, normally kept in a vault and rarely accessible except to researchers, chronicle Corpus Christi College’s pioneering role in the study of scripture,

Rebbetzin 2.0: With Co-Equal Role, Young Orthodox Women Breaking Mold of ‘Rabbi’s Wife’

April 19, 2017, by

  CHICAGO — Every Friday morning for a month, rebbetzin Ariel Pardo has been meeting with three female Jewish students at Brandeis University for deep conversations that wind their way from Jewish ritual to intimacy. “Ari is always so open and she makes us feel so comfortable,” said Mollie Goldfarb, 19, a first-year student. “She gives off that warm, inviting presence everyone

NY1 Reports on Torah in the City

January 17, 2017, by

“Members of the Jewish community flocked to Queens on Sunday for a day of learning,” NY1 reported. “The Orthodox Union held its first annual Torah in the City seminar in CitiField.” Watch the full video here: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/queens/news/2017/01/16/orthodox-union-holds–torah-in-the-city–at-citi-field.html

Palermo, Sicily, to Get First Synagogue in 500 Years

January 10, 2017, by

The Roman Catholic Church in Palermo is giving the Jewish community ownership of part of a church and monastery complex built atop the ruins of a medieval synagogue. The move is being viewed as a gesture of reconciliation more than 500 years after the expulsion of Jews from Sicily. The church will finance renovations in

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