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.
A high-level Orthodox Union delegation has returned from a four-day mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina, inspired by the new presence there of NCSY, the OU’s international youth program. The delegation was in Buenos Aires to mark the grand opening of NCSY’s newest chapter, complementing the other South American NCSY chapter, which first opened in Chile four years ago. Aware that it is not only North American teens who are subject to the pressures of assimilation and intermarriage, NCSY has established its presence in South America as well.
When Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran turned 60, he went beyond having a birthday party or getting nice gifts from his family – he wrote a book. His Meditations at 60:One Person, Under God, Indivisible,” has just been published by KTAV Publishing House. In the book, he explores, among other topics, Kashrut (keeping kosher), Modesty, Mourning, […]
Kosher pizza, anyone? Those who keep the laws of kemach yashan must check whether their favorite pizza stores certify that the wheat used to bake the pizza is kemach yashan, the Torah law that states that only grains (barley, oats, rye, spelt and wheat) that took root prior to Passover may be consumed in the current year. Jewish law mandates its observance in Israel, while allowing for leniencies outside of Israel. Nonetheless, there are people who observe this law even outside of Israel, and they are facing problems.
Just in time for all those recent college graduates, the Orthodox Union’s Job Board will present “What’s Hot and What’s Not,” a free career workshop which will help job seekers identify current economic trends and job sectors that have growth potential. The workshop will take place Thursday, July 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Young Israel of Woodmere.
Some college students, eager to relax after a year of intense studying and hard work, use the summer as a time to lie on the beach and shirk all responsibilities. Yet for 27 recently chosen enterprising students from all over the country, the weeks from June 30-July 29 will combine learning, social action, and career advancement in Israel as they become the first Global Service-Learning Fellows. This new, free of charge program is being offered by the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC), to give practical application to the Jewish values they learn during the school year.
They came from Randallstown and Baltimore, MD; Edison and Highland Park, NJ; Monsey and Spring Valley, NY. They came from Lakewood, Teaneck, Elizabeth, Passaic and Jersey City, NJ. They came from Allentown, PA, Plainview and New Rochelle, NY and throughout the Metropolitan New York area. Speakers came from Eretz Yisrael via Boston and Stamford, CT. A crowd of over 300 gathered this past Sunday at Lander College for Men in Kew Gardens Hills, NY, for a fascinating eight-hour Harry H. Beren program on the Kedushat Ha’Aretz and Its Mitzvot, that is the mitzvot especially related to the land of Israel. The audience sat mesmerized by one powerful presentation and dynamic shiur after the other.
Pulpit rabbis wear many hats – religious authority, spiritual guide, therapist, friend, and public speaker – and now, the hat of a Red Cross-trained disaster relief volunteer. The Orthodox Union’s Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services invites synagogue rabbis, assistant rabbis, presidents, and executive directors to a three-hour course that prepares participants to handle the event of an accident, natural disaster, or planned attack. The course will take place Wednesday, June 25, from 10:00-1:00 at the OU headquarters, 11 Broadway.