When critical illness strikes within the Jewish community, who can best advise on the course of action families should take? Is it the physician, rabbi, or family members themselves? To address this issue, the OU’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with the Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley, will present a communal symposium, free of charge, on the topic When Serious Illness Strikes and Decisions Have to be Made: Who Decides – the Patient, the Physician, the Rabbi, the Family? A Practical Guide for Orthodox Families. The event will be held Sunday, May 18, 8:00-10:00 p.m., at Ohr Torah Congregation, 48 Edgemont Road, Edison.
In recognition of the importance to Jewish travelers of knowing where they can obtain access to a mikveh (“ritual bath”) across North America, the Orthodox Union’s Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services has just published a revised and expanded edition for 5678/2008 of the Orthodox Union’s Mikveh Directory. The guide is available free of charge.
At the time of year when elite colleges are informing applicants whether they have been accepted for admission in the fall, OU Kosher is beginning the application process for its own elite education program, Harry H. Beren ASKOU9, to be held when the incoming freshmen will be setting out for their new campuses.
The Orthodox Union, which is dedicated to strengthening Jewish families, will present its third annual Marriage Enrichment Retreat, to help couples build a life together within the context of Torah and halacha (Jewish law). It will be held at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY, Friday to Sunday, July 11-13.
In recognition that the eight students tragically slain at the Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav were immersed in the religious Zionist philosophies of the yeshiva’s founder, Rav Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook zt”l, and to provide an ongoing memorial tribute to them, OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is providing a weekly lesson from the writings of Rav Kook on www.ou.org and www.ouradio.org.
This spring season, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program will bring its popular and meaningful Shabbaton program for Jewish deaf and their families to Palm Harbor (near Tampa), May 16-17. The Shabbaton is designed to meet the specific needs of the deaf and hearing impaired and to provide them with a one-of-a-kind Sabbath experience. It will be held at Young Israel/Chabad of Pinellas County, 3696 Fisher Rd.
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Oakland’s Beth Jacob Congregation, an OU member congregation under the leadership of Rabbi Judah Dardik, May 16-17, to attend Shabbat services and to meet with the community’s leadership and membership.
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit OU member congregations the Baron Hirsch Congregation and Anshei Sphard – Beth El Emeth Congregation in Memphis, May 9-10, to attend Shabbat services and to meet with the community’s leadership and membership.
Seventh and eighth graders from yeshivot/day schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will gather for the annual Yachad Leadership Shabbaton at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, May 9-10, to spend Shabbat with junior high school students with disabilities, and to understand the importance of including those with disabilities in the Jewish community.
Calling special attention to the important mitzvah of bikur cholim (visiting the sick), which is an integral component of Torah Judaism, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County, presents a free communal symposium, Understanding the Meaning and Ramifications of Bikur Cholim for the Community, on Motzei Shabbat, Saturday night, May 3, 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. It will be held in Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, 641 West Englewood Avenue in Teaneck.