Responding to the nationwide subprime crisis and the wave of home foreclosures across the country, the Orthodox Union Job Board will present a webcast intended for a national audience, The American Dream’s Rude Awakening – Mortgage Debacle and Foreclosures, which will take place Tuesday, June 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The session, broadcast live, can be accessed from anywhere in North America (or the world) by visiting www.ou.org/jobs, although a small audience will be in attendance on a first-come first-serve basis.
High school graduation means an end to an important phase in a student’s life, including in many cases involvement in the teen programs of NCSY, the youth division of the Orthodox Union. With the goal of making sure that NCSY experiences are not forgotten, the Orthodox Union’s newly created Department of Alumni Connections has undertaken to help these students connect with Jewish life on their campus or in the surrounding area. This program has become particularly important because of the overwhelming success of NCSY’s outreach to public high schools, from which the majority of Jewish students choose to go to secular rather than Jewish colleges and universities.
It is one of the most famous and venerable symbols in America, perhaps in the world, ranking up there with the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and similar iconic designs. It is the Orthodox Union logo, the letter U inside the letter O, and not only does it adorn more than 400,000 products certified as kosher by the OU, but in another form, with the Hebrew words Torah U’Mitzvot (Torah and the commandments) added, it appears on OU publications, letterheads, publicity material and everything that the organization disseminates to the outside world.
OU Kosher will provide a halachic, historic and archeological perspective of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the special mitzvot that are connected to this holy land when it presents Kedushas Ha’Aretz and its Mitzvos, Sunday, June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p. m. at Lander College in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.
For years, members of Yachad and their families have spent one Shabbat a year together in a warm, friendly setting to share their experiences and offer mutual support and networking. For the past nine years, members of Our Way have joined them. This year, the tradition continues. Yachad and Our Way of the Orthodox Union are proud to present the 22nd Annual Family Shabbaton, to be held Friday-Sunday, May 30-June 1, at Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY, in the Catskills Mountains.
An Orthodox Union program, funded in part by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York, will provide in-depth training to three Metropolitan New York area synagogues in outreach to marginally affiliated and unaffiliated individuals and their families. The program results from the OU’s recognition that increasing numbers of individuals are not involved with Jewish communal and synagogue life and from the OU’s kiruv (outreach) efforts in response to that reality, including a kiruv guidebook and power point presentation.
There will be a distinct Orthodox Union presence when the Yavneh Minyan of Brooklyn, an OU member congregation, will honor its spiritual leader (morah d’atra), Rabbi Moshe Sokol, on Sunday, May 18, at 6:00 pm. The event, which will take place at the Young Israel of Avenue K, 2818 Avenue K, will pay tribute to the past 18 years of Rabbi Sokol’s leadership. In addition to his rabbinical duties, Rabbi Sokol is also Dean of Lander College for Men, a division of Touro College.
The complexities of keeping a kosher kitchen will be the topic of discussion when OU Kosher’s halachic advisors (poskim), Rabbi Yisroel Belsky and Rabbi Hershel Schachter, explore questions, issues and concerns from viewers on an OU webcast, “Kosher Home, Sweet Home,” to be held Thursday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m. on www.ou.org, and www.ouradio.org.
Students preparing for the rabbinate at Yeshiva University will learn firsthand the intricacies of kosher certification from June 2-19 when the Orthodox Union brings its Harry H. Beren ASK OUTREACH Community Kashrut program to YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) for three weeks of seminars and site visits.
The Orthodox Union announced today that Rabbi Steven Weil, 42, Senior Rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, CA, an Orthodox Union member synagogue, has been selected to assume the position of Executive Vice President – the Chief Professional Officer – of the OU, effective July 1, 2009. Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, who has occupied the position since 2002, will transition to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President Emeritus to allow him to spend more time writing, lecturing and representing the OU in many different areas.