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.
When the children of the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey (RYNJ) in River Edge decided to raise funds to help the children of Sderot, the beleaguered Israeli community that is constantly bombarded by Hamas rockets, the school turned to the Orthodox Union, which has a wide variety of programming there. The result was a campaign that raised almost $17, 000, all of which the OU is sending to the community.
As the year winds down and the summer begins, the Orthodox Union’s Singles Connections, a project of the Department of Community Services, will present two singles events that mark the transition, Monday, June 16 and Thursday, June 26. The Department has presented singles events throughout the year – sometimes offering stimulating lectures on topical issues, sometimes providing entertainment such as comedy shows or ice-skating, but always presenting the opportunity to mingle with like-minded Jewish singles in a comfortable setting.
Touro College and NCSY, the youth movement of the Orthodox Union, celebrated 35 years of close cooperation last month, as students and faculty from Touro’s undergraduate Lander Colleges of Arts and Sciences played a significant role in 11 NCSY Regional Conventions held throughout North America. At many of these events graduating NCSYers were awarded scholarships to the Lander Colleges, continuing an annual tradition that began in 1973. These initiatives are in addition to the tens of thousands of dollars Touro contributes each year to the NCSY regions to support Shabbatons, events and educational programs.