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Once Again, Our Way Presents PowerPoint Megillah to Enable Deaf and Hard of Hearing to Easily Follow

February 27, 2008, by

The Megillah-reading experience is one of the main features of the joyous Purim holiday, which is celebrated on March 20 this year. People are in good spirits, they enjoy seeing one another’s costume, and children delight in making noise in protest of Haman’s name. However, for the deaf and hard of hearing, the Megillah reading can be a frustrating experience, as it is hard for them to follow along with the rest of the congregation.

As Purim Approaches, OU Leader Calls on Parents to Talk to Their Children About Dangers of Drinking

February 27, 2008, by

Once again this year, as part of the Orthodox Union’s Safe Schools, Safe Shuls, Safe Homes initiative, OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is calling on parents in advance of Purim festivities to alert their children to the dangers of drinking. Purim begins this year on Thursday, March 20 with the reading of Megillat Esther. Rabbi Weinreb’s message is as follows:

As Purim Approaches, OU Leader Calls on Parents to Talk to Their Children About Dangers of Drinking

February 27, 2008, by

Once again this year, as part of the Orthodox Union’s Safe Schools, Safe Shuls, Safe Homes initiative, OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is calling on parents in advance of Purim festivities to alert their children to the dangers of drinking. Purim begins this year on Thursday, March 20 with the reading of Megillat Esther. Rabbi Weinreb’s message is as follows:

Huge Lakewood Gathering Crowns New OU Kashrut Initiative

February 26, 2008, by

With the ever-growing focus on kosher food and the intricacies of kashrut, the Orthodox Union, the premier institution in kosher certification, recently established the Harry H. Beren ASK OUTREACH Initiative to provide kosher education to yeshiva students in the convenience of their yeshivot, kollelim and semicha programs. Its latest crown in a series of presentations, which also included Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, Yeshiva Ohr Hachaim, and Mesivtah Tiferes Yerusholayim, drew close to 1,000 fascinated members of the Lakewood, NJ, community, making it a standing-room only event. It was held in Khal Zhichron Yaakov synagogue, with the haskomoh of the Beth Medrash Govoha Roshei HaYeshiva and the endorsement of the KCL—Vaad HaKashrut of Lakewood.
ASK OUTREACH and many other ASK OU programs are sponsored by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, which has just renewed its grant to the OU for another year.

Our Way Sponsors Program Addressing Challenges for Deaf Families with Teens

February 22, 2008, by

Communication between family members is hard enough when everyone is blessed with hearing, but for families with deaf or hard of hearing members, it is even more difficult, especially when those families include pre-teens or teens. Recognizing this, Our Way, a program of the Orthodox Union’s The National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is co-sponsoring a free program addressing the challenges facing families with deaf and hard of hearing members during the pre-teen and teen years. It will be held on Sunday, March 9, 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., at the Yatzkin Center, 17 Duryea Place, in Brooklyn.

Take Five For Torah Prepares For Purim Holiday

February 15, 2008, by

Although it seems like we just celebrated Chanukah, Purim – which begins the evening of March 20 – is virtually around the corner. Take Five for Torah, a popular program that is presented by the Orthodox Union though OU Radio on its website, www.ouradio.org, is preparing for the upcoming holiday by offering a series of thought-provoking Torah insights with Purim-related themes beginning March 10 through Purim.

Yachad to Sponsor First Annual Winter Ski/Snowtubing Trip February 24

February 13, 2008, by

Yachad/The National Council for Jewish Disabilities (NJCD) will host is first annual winter snowtubing trip on Sunday, February 24, at the Woodbury Ski Area in Connecticut. According to Yehuda Charm, director of New York Yachad, close to 60-100 Yachad members from the New York/New Jersey area are expected to attend, along with about 20 Yachad advisers. Snowtubing is a popular winter recreational activity of riding an inner tube down a slope.

OU Kosher to Present OU Kosher Coming Program in New York State Capital District Region on March 5

February 13, 2008, by

The OU Kosher Coming program, which will encompass broad segments of the New York State Capital District region, will take place on Wednesday, March 5, featuring Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, OU Kosher Vice President of Communications and Marketing and Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator who specializes in the baking industry and is a frequent lecturer at OU Kosher Coming programs.

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