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Jewish Student Union Clubs Help Teach Jewish Public School Students About their Heritage

March 20, 2008, by

While most teens use lunch or free periods at school to catch up on homework, hang out with friends, or run some errands, thousands of Jewish teens in public schools all over North America are using that time to learn about Judaism, thanks to their participation in Jewish Student Union (JSU) clubs.
Founded in 2002 by Rabbi Steven Burg, International Director of NCSY, today JSU has grown into an independent national organization that works in partnership with NCSY in the facilitation of Jewish student clubs in high schools across North America. By fostering a social atmosphere, presenting engaging and entertaining educational programs, and lowering the barriers to participation, JSU and NCSY have succeeded in reaching unaffiliated and under-affiliated Jewish teens.

In Joint Initiative, NCSY Alumni Attend Yeshiva University’s Mechinah (Bridge) and BJS Programs

March 18, 2008, by

The Orthodox Union’s youth program, NCSY, announced today that seven of its alumni from across the country are currently enrolled at Yeshiva University’s Mechinah (Bridge) and Basic Jewish Studies Programs as beneficiaries of the YU-NCSY Scholarship Nomination Program. Yeshiva University is awarding scholarships to NCSY/Jewish Student Union (JSU) participants from limited Jewish education backgrounds, who have demonstrated a desire to continue their Jewish education after high school.

OU is Number One on Google in Jewish Holidays Category

March 18, 2008, by

When visitors to the web think of Jewish holidays, they think of the Orthodox Union. The OU is the number one information source on Google in the Jewish holidays category, generating more than 10,000 hits per month from Google alone on www.ou.org.

A Milestone for Kosher Tidbits: OU Series Announces its 100th Program

March 18, 2008, by

Just in time for the Torah portion of Shemini, to be read March 29 and which introduces the laws of kashrut, OU Kosher will celebrate the production of the 100th and 101st Kosher Tidbits, the comprehensive series of 15-minute broadcasts by OU experts on a wide variety of kosher topics, and heard on www.ouradio.org.

Amidst the Mourning, Faith and Hope Surive as OU Presents Memorial Service for Slain Students

March 14, 2008, by

In an atmosphere of profound mourning, the radiance of faith and hope shone through as three distinguished rabbis led an Orthodox Union-sponsored memorial service for the victims of last week’s Mercaz HaRav yeshiva massacre. Held at the venerable and ornate Young Israel of Flatbush, an OU-member synagogue, as the seven-day shiva period for the dead was coming to a conclusion, the sanctuary was filled with more than 500 men and women as Rabbis Kenneth Auman, Dovid Goldwaser and Tzvi Hersh Weinreb delved into a variety of Jewish sources to shed light on the tragedy and what lessons should be learned.

OU Kosher Presents Q&A Pre-Passover Webcast on OU Website, March 27

March 14, 2008, by

In anticipation of the Passover holiday and its complexities, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division announced today that it will present a pre-Passover webcast on the OU website, www.ou.org/ouradio/webcast, to clarify questions and concerns people are facing in their preparations. It will be held Thursday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m. with log-on time at 2:45 p.m. The webcast is part of OU Kosher’s continued and ever-growing educational outreach to the community, which includes the OU Kosher Coming to Schools and Communities programs and the Kosher Tidbits postings on OU Radio, www.ouradio.org.

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