The Orthodox Union’s Young Leadership Cabinet (YLC) has introduced a new free program, “Women’s Executive Lunch and Learn,” co-sponsored with the Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services, to provide female professional in the midtown area of Manhattan the opportunity to learn Torah during the lunchtime hour and to enjoy a casual atmosphere while networking with their peers.
As part of its ever-expanding initiatives in kashrut education, OU Kosher has released two DVD’s — on meat and birds — explaining the intricacies of what makes these products kosher. They follow two highly popular DVD presentations, “Kosher Kidz,” which conveys the basics of kosher certification to a youthful audience; and “The Kosher Fish Primer,” which explains the basics of identifying kosher fish and purchasing it.
The Orthodox Union Job Board will present a live video broadcast career workshop, “Networking in the Digital Age,” August 12, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., that will help participants learn the best skills to navigate the art of networking in today’s age of technology. The event will be broadcast from the event’s co-sponsor, Bramson ORT College, 5815 20th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Those unable to attend in person will still be able to view the live webcast by visiting www.ou.org/jobs.
“In Nahariya, the hometown of Sergeant Goldwasser, which is a few miles south of Rosh Hanikra, residents and a busload of American teenagers in the country for a summer education program lighted candles and prayed.” The New York Times, July 17, 2008
“At one point, in front of the two story red roofed Nahariya home where the Goldwassers were sitting waiting for news, a bus load of American teens touring Israel pulled up and lit a few tea lights on the sidewalk.”
“‘When we heard what was happening here we wanted to come and show our support,’ said Gwenn Barney of Pittsburgh.” The Jerusalem Post, July 16, 2006
Both of these newspaper stories refer to 80 teenagers from across the United States and Canada taking part in the TJJ – The Jerusalem Journey – summer program of NCSY, the international youth program of the Orthodox Union. TJJ is specifically tailored for public high school students, ninth through twelfth grades, who in many cases have limited contact with Jewish observance and who may not have been to Israel before.
The decision to make aliyah presents numerous challenges – among them finding a new home or adjusting to a new language – but now the Orthodox Union Job Board is making the entire transition easier by holding its first-ever Job Fair in Israel, in conjunction with the OU’s Biennial National Convention in Jerusalem at Thanksgiving. The two-part Fair, taking place in both the United States and Israel and free for both employers and job seekers, will offer multiple employment opportunities for those interested in making aliyah but who remain hesitant because they have not obtained employment in Israel.
Rabbi Yosef Levy’s official job is as a Rabbinic Field Representative (RFR) in Kentucky and Indiana for the Orthodox Union, in which he certifies food plants as kosher, but in his spare time he uses that position for another, altruistic pursuit: playing matchmaker between the OU-certified companies he supervises and Louisville’s Jewish Family and Vocational Service’s (JFVS) Food Pantry.
Many people across the United States tuned in in June to witness the Orthodox Union Job Board’s live webcast, “The American Dream’s Rude Awakening – Mortgage Debacle and Foreclosures,” but those who missed it can still reap its benefits by visiting www.ou.org/jobs and viewing the discussion, which can be found under the tab “Watch Archived Job Workshops.” The panel discussion, broadcast live from OU headquarters in New York, featured experts who deconstructed the subprime crisis and offered practical financial advice.