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A Letter from Houston

May 28, 2015, by

Help Houston – Donate to the OU’s Disaster Relief Fund Dear Friends, מַיִם רַבִּים, לֹא יוּכְלוּ לְכַבּוֹת אֶת-הָאַהֲבָה, וּנְהָרוֹת, לֹא יִשְׁטְפוּהָ — Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it (Song of Songs 8:7) As Houston begins to assess the damage of the flooding last night, the United Orthodox Synagogues community is

What You Need to Know About New York’s Proposed Education Tax Credit

May 27, 2015, by

When Rhode Island adopted an education tax credit program a few years back, it resulted in a windfall for the state’s two Jewish day schools. Between them, their students received some $400,000 in scholarship money in the program’s first year. In Florida, tax credit legislation has resulted in nearly $10 million annually for scholarships for Jewish

Be a Part of Unity Day

May 27, 2015, by

In the summer of 2014, Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray and offer support. The sense of unity reached its peak as the three Israeli boys were found and buried together. A year later,

Catacombs Make a Comeback as Jerusalem Seeks Room for the Dead

May 20, 2015, by

For Jews seeking eternal rest, the most coveted real estate on Earth lies in the soil of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the city is rapidly running out of room to bury the dead. And so it has come to pass that an Israeli burial organization has teamed with a cutting-edge construction firm to bore deep under a

After Successful Mission, IDF Field Hospital Closes in Nepal

May 11, 2015, by

A joint ceremony with their Nepali counterparts, the Israeli army officially closed its field hospital in Kathmandu on Sunday. As of the weekend, IDF medical personnel had treated 1,427 victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the mountainous Asian nation last month, including 90 life-saving surgeries, six cesarean sections and two natural births. “Let me

Ethiopian Israelis: Mistreatment and Unrest

May 7, 2015, by

A single event in Israel last week captured headlines which led to a demonstration outside the National Police Headquarters in Jerusalem on Thursday April 30, and then a major demonstration in Tel Aviv on Sunday May 3 that turned violent. The event: Israeli police were filmed beating an IDF soldier whose name is Damas Pakada.

Netanyahu, Bayit Yehudi Strike Coalition Deal Just Before Deadline

May 6, 2015, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud faction on Wednesday reached an agreement with the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi on the formation of a rightist coalition, Israel Radio reported. The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat

The Rabbi of Nepal

May 5, 2015, by

Micha Odenheimer is sitting in a restaurant in the Mahaneh Yehudah market in Jerusalem, having a last good meal before taking off for Nepal the following morning. He’d been in Kathmandu barely two weeks earlier, just before the earthquake. As head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Tevel b’Tzedek, which brings young Israeli volunteers to Nepalese villages

The Baltimore Riots: A Perspective from Ground Zero

April 30, 2015, by

Rabbi Daniel Lerner, Rabbi of the Pikesville Jewish Congregation in Baltimore shared his thoughts on the mayhem that overtook the streets of his city this week. I am sharing this message at the behest of several members of our community. Nevertheless, I do so with a great sense of trepidation. When addressing current events or

Four Israelis Rescued from Mt. Everest, 100 Still Missing

April 27, 2015, by

Four Israelis were rescued from the slopes of Mt. Everest on Monday, where they had been trapped in the wake of the earthquake that shook the mountainous nation of Nepal on Saturday, leading to a death toll in the thousands. Some 100 Israelis are still missing, according to Israeli officials. Army Radio said a rescue