NFL’s Patriots to Honor Ezra Schwartz z”l with Moment of Silence

November 23, 2015, by

Following a public campaign and an exchange of letters with former MK Dov Lipman, New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft agreed to hold a moment of silence at tonight’s nationally televised Patriots-Bills game in memory of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old yeshiva student—and avid Pats fan—who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists last week in a Gush

A Kiddush Hashem in Montana

November 18, 2015, by

Montana isn’t exactly known for its large Jewish population but that was no reflection of its sense of Jewish brotherhood. When 300 passengers on an El Al Tel Aviv to Los Angeles flight had to make an emergency landing in Billings, Montana due to engine concerns, Jewish locals came to the rescue. According to,

You’re Invited to a Million Person Wedding!

November 17, 2015, by

Save the date: Thursday, November 26, 2015/14 Kislev 5776 All of Klal Yisrael is invited to celebrate in the marriage of Sarah Tehiya Litman and Ariel Bigel, to take place at Binyanei Hauma in Jerusalem. Sarah Tehiya is now sitting shiva for her father, Rabbi Yaakov Litman, and her brother Netanel, who were murdered by

In Grieving Paris, Jewish Communal Life Pauses

November 16, 2015, by

Institutional Jewish activities ground to halt in Paris for safety reasons and out of respect for the 129 people who died in several terrorist attacks that rocked the French capital on Friday. Among the events canceled was a protest rally that CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, had planned for Sunday against the

Wave of Terror in Israel: Latest Updates

October 8, 2015, by

As new terror attacks continue to emerge in Israel, it’s important to stay informed. The links below will provide coverage from numerous major media outlets in Israel: Arutz 7 Times of Israel Ha’aretz Jerusalem Post

Social Justice Hero, NCSY Champion

September 3, 2015, by

The OU’s own “Liberal Lion,” Dr. David Luchins, national vice president of the Orthodox Union, honored by JCPA   For Dr. David Luchins, the Torah’s commitment to making the world a better place is clear. “Judaism is all about helping the poor, the weak and the widows,” Luchins explained. “My rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik taught

Pesach in Havana?

September 1, 2015, by

Ancient cars rolled down the few newly paved streets. Sparking restaurants awaited a sudden rush of curious American tourists in Old Havana’s center, while the rest of the city was stuck in the 1950s. Anti-Bush graffiti  and portraits of Fidel Castro papered the walls as did signs about the imminent New Year’s Day celebration for

OU and RCA Statement on Iran Deal

July 15, 2015, by

Contact: Roslyn Singer                                                                       Director of Communications, OU Advocacy 212-613-8227 (o) 202-489-4180 (c) In the wake of announcements by the government of the United States, its five negotiating partners and the Iranian regime of a deal with regard to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the following statement was issued jointly by the leaderships of the Union of Orthodox

The Jewish Female James Bond

July 9, 2015, by

That headline probably made you wonder, didn’t it? The UK’s Jewish Chronicle has the scoop on the woman who kept Britain’s Jewish community safe for the last 25 years. Until her recent retirement, Carol Laster was head of the Community Security Trust, the organization tasked with providing security for Jewish communities in England. She kept

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