OU and Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago to Present Positive Jewish Parenting in Chicago, Dec. 1

November 21, 2007, by

The Orthodox Union, in conjunction with the Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago, will present its Fourth Annual Positive Jewish Parenting conference in Chicago, in memory of Rabbi Isaac Mayefsky z”l, a most respected educator. The conference will take place Saturday evening, December 1, from 7:00-10:20 p.m. at the Associated Talmud Torahs, 2828 West Pratt Boulevard, for parents with children of all ages.

OU Announces Five Singles Events: December 3, 9, 22; January 10, 29

November 15, 2007, by

Single and interested in a fun and relaxing way to meet new people? The Orthodox Union’s Singles Connection, a program of the Department of Community Services, has announced five events in December and January, which span various interests: from concerts, to gift-giving in hospitals, to an insightful seminar on relationships, as well as discussing a documentary film. All events provide opportunities for singles to meet, mingle, and have a good time.

OU President to Visit St. Louis,Shabbat Weekend 11/30 As He Continues Presidential Community Tour

November 15, 2007, by

Following a successful visit to Congregation Schara Tzedeck in Vancouver last month, Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Synagogue, Young Israel of St. Louis and Agudat Israel in St. Louis the weekend of November 30, to attend services at the synagogues and to meet with their leadership and congregations. Mr. Savitsky will also speak on the topic of leadership during NCSY’s Leadership Training Shabbaton, taking place the same weekend. NCSY is the OU’s national youth program.

OU’s Our Way Announces Chanukah Chart: Illustrated Sign Language Guide for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

November 14, 2007, by

With the joyous Festival of Lights around the corner, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way will once again present its highly popular Chanukah Chart in illustrated sign language, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The revised Chanukah Chart includes holiday laws, customs, and a step-by-step guide to signing the blessings, with the blessings written in Hebrew, English and in transliteration.

Young Rabbinical Couple from Israel Arrives at Rutgers to Guide Students in OU’s JLIC Program

November 9, 2007, by

Direct from Israel, a young Orthodox rabbi and his wife have arrived at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to offer Jewish education and spiritual guidance. Rabbi Yisrael Porath and Shoshana Porath are the new Torah Educators of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which is in its third year at Rutgers. JLIC operates in coordination with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Student Life and the Torah Mitzion organization to support and tend to the spiritual needs of the students. Although targeted to the Orthodox, JLIC is open to all Jewish students, regardless of level of observance. It is based at Hillel, with the couple being part of the Hillel staff as well as the OU staff.

OU Calls on Its Synagogues to Observe Sabbath for Jerusalem, Nov 17, to Protect City from Division

November 9, 2007, by

As part of its multi-faceted campaign to keep Jerusalem from being divided during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations at Annapolis and beyond, the Orthodox Union today called on its hundreds of synagogues across North America to observe Shabbat Yerushalayim (Sabbath for Jerusalem), Friday evening and Saturday, November 16-17, coinciding with the Torah portion of Vayeitzei.

Beth El-Atereth Israel $50,000 Contribution Makes Possible OU Israel Sderot Playground/Bomb Shelter

November 5, 2007, by

The Orthodox Union in Israel announced today that thanks to a generous contribution of $50,000 from the congregants of Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel in Newton Centre, MA, an OU synagogue, it will now be able to expand its Makom Balev emergency relief efforts in Sderot, the Israeli community constantly bombarded by Kassam rockets. The donation will be used to renovate a second Makom Balev center, operated out of a bomb shelter, which the Seymour J. Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center recently obtained from the city’s government.

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