The Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division today announced the winners of the First Annual OU Kosher Essay Contest for grades 4-12. The winners are Chevie Pahmer and Hadassah Goldman of Clifton, New Jersey; Sarah Sanfield and Abby Sanfield of Torrance, California in Los Angeles County; Chaya Meth of Baltimore, Maryland; and Zachary Weiner of New York City. The winners will have their essays published online at www.oukosher.org and will receive a $50 gift certificate to Eichlers.com, a Judaica website.
In response to the continued Hamas bombardment of Sderot with Kassam rockets, the Orthodox Union has established two fund-raising campaigns to expand the OU’s humanitarian programs on behalf of the traumatized residents of the city. They are the OU Sderot Emergency Fund, and OU Sderot Shabbat.
OU programs in Sderot in response to the Kassams have been underway for several months; the fundraising efforts are intended to expand their reach as quickly as possible. The OU has had a programmatic presence in Sderot for six years.
The Orthodox Union today announced a schedule of three missions to Israel, beginning this summer following Tisha B’Av and extending until the end of January 2008, to provide an insider’s perspective into all that has transpired in Israel over the past year and to inform visitors about the wide variety of activities of OU Israel throughout the country.
A six-person Orthodox Union delegation which arrived in Sderot this afternoon to show solidarity with traumatized residents, experienced first-hand the terror of the Kassam rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza, when they were forced to run from a car they were entering into a store and to take cover under a table when a warning siren sounded and two rockets hit nearby.
The Orthodox Union West Coast Region and NCSY will hold their Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 19 at the Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, to pay tribute to distinguished honorees and to launch the Ahuva Wernick Sefer Torah Campaign, in the memory of Ahuva Wernick a”h, one of the original founders of West Coast NCSY.
At the invitation of the Jewish Student Union (JSU), an Orthodox Union-affiliated culture club meeting in Newton South High School in the Greater Boston area, the noted law professor and pro-Israel activist Alan Dershowitz will address both the JSU club and the school’s Social Awareness Club on Tuesday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Newton South, in response to an appearance there April 11 by Noam Chomsky, a virulent critic of both Israel and the United States.
The Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) is celebrating the success of its twenty-first annual Family Shabbaton that attracted six hundred guests to Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY. The Shabbaton brought together Yachad and Our Way members, their parents and extended families from around the United States and Canada.
Striking a perfect balance between Torah, spirit, great food, good friends and, of course, acknowledging the miracle of returning to Yerushalayim, this year’s Fourth Annual Orthodox Union Israel dinner was a major success. With almost 400 guests in attendance, Zvi Sand, the Dinner Chairman, introduced Rabbi Avi Berman, the Director of OU Israel. Rabbi Berman’s succinct message was that the simple meaning of the word Yerushalayim is comprised of two words found in the Torah — Yeru and Shalem. Yeru connotes vision, or a desire to see, to actualize, to behold; Shalem connotes completion, perfection, wholeness.
The Orthodox Union, aware of the pitfalls and dangers of Internet use for children and teens, is calling on its nationwide synagogue network to increase parental awareness about Internet safety guidelines…the OU has issued an interactive CD-ROM…