Last week, a Palestinian gunman entered one of Jerusalem’s most renowned yeshivas, Mercaz HaRav, and mercilessly shot to death eight students, all but one a teenager, who were engaged in the study of Torah. This heinous crime has stunned the Jewish community worldwide.
The Orthodox Union will present its Young Leadership Distinguished Service Award to Jonathan Mell of Teaneck, a member of the OU’s Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Young Leadership track of the upcoming 2008 Biennial Convention. The presentation will take place at the OU’s 110th Anniversary National Dinner, Sunday, April 6, at the Grand Hyatt New York.
The Orthodox Union will present its Lifetime Community Service Award to Al Miller, who retired after 31 years at the helm of F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System. The presentation will take place at the OU’s 110th Anniversary National Dinner, Sunday, April 6 at the Grand Hyatt New York.
Mr. Miller has been the OU’s partner in the ParnossahWorks program, in which the OU and F.E.G.S. have worked together to place many hundreds of unemployed and under-employed members of the Jewish community in meaningful jobs.
When they started their rabbinical careers a half century or more ago, Orthodox Judaism in the United States was widely perceived to be a small and diminishing throwback, destined to become even more marginalized as Jews embraced newer, more liberal varieties of Jewish observance more in tune with the American post-war experience.
Few things have the power to inspire people more than music. It has the ability to change someone’s mood, gladden a heavy heart, and offer solace on a lonely night – or on a long subway ride home. Therefore, the Long Island and New York Regions of NCSY will host Roots Fest, a music festival that includes six of the freshest bands in Jewish music: Yaakov Chesed, Aryeh Kuntsler, PHP, Gavriel Kahane, Sefarad and Aish Tamid. The concert will take place at Lawrence Middle School on -Saturday, March 15 at 9:00 pm. All proceeds will go to NCSY programming that targets Jewish “root” awareness.
In recognition that relocation is an intriguing option for young couples confronting the challenges of housing and yeshiva tuition in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, for people further along in life seeking to retire, for career changers, and for those who are seeking to help build Orthodox Jewish communities coast to coast, the Orthodox Union will present the first Emerging Communities Showcase, to focus on 13 cities that the OU considers to be highly attractive locations for those seeking to make the move.
There is a new kosher Subway restaurant coming to 28 Water Street in lower Manhattan- and it isn’t just kosher, but OU kosher.
The OU is supervising the kashrut certification of the newest Subway to become kosher, located not far from Wall Street, beginning from Wednesday, March 5. Significantly, the restaurant is located within walking distance of the OU’s New York headquarters.
Kosher snacks — such as potato chips, pretzels, cookies — and in many cases, meals, are available on eight major United States airlines, and all the kosher-keeping traveler has to do to get them is to ask, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division announced today.
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.