Coffee Talk: NCSY Latte and Learning Sessions Bring Teens to Torah Across North America

October 16, 2007, by

Across North America, week after week, hundreds of Jewish teens flock to their local Starbucks and similar coffee houses to sip free lattes and to learn Torah from NCSY rabbis. The teens are part of a program called Latte and Learning that invites middle and high schoolers to discuss the relevance of Torah in secular life. The programs are led by dynamic speakers who share a perspective on Jewish identity, offering an open and interactive discussion for Jewish teens to ask their questions and to voice their opinions. For many Jewish teens, this is their only source of Jewish nourishment.

Election Day in NJ: OU’s Yachad/NJCD to Present Education Conferences

October 15, 2007, by

Once again this year, Election Day in New Jersey will be an opportunity for teachers in New Jersey Jewish Day Schools as well as for their counterparts from around the country to improve their skills, as Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), an affiliate of the Orthodox Union, presents two high-level conferences.

To Strengthen Family Life, OU Presents Positive Jewish Relationships as a Shabbat Program, Nov 2-3

October 11, 2007, by

Adding to its roster of programs to strengthen the Jewish family, the Orthodox Union, in conjunction with the West Side Institutional Synagogue, will present Positive Jewish Relationships, Friday evening, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. The event will be held at the synagogue, 120 West 76 Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) in Manhattan, and is open to the synagogue community and to the general public.

OU Announces: Sderot Shabbat Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Providing Emergency Services

October 9, 2007, by

The Orthodox Union announced today that its goal of raising $250,000 on Sderot Shabbat, June 9 (Parshat Shelach), has been surpassed by $85,000 with the total continuing to increase. The fundraising campaign was held in OU congregations across North America with the support of the Rabbinical Council of America to provide emergency relief for the residents of Sderot, who are attacked on a regular basis by Kassam rockets fired by terrorists from Gaza. Synagogues, schools and individuals have contributed generously to the campaign.

Simchat Torah Approaching, OU Once Again Warns Against Excessive Drinking, Zero Tolerance for Youth

October 1, 2007, by

The Orthodox Union, which has taken the lead in combating teenage drinking in the Orthodox community – with special efforts being made at Purim – and has done likewise with adults, criticizing the concept of the “Kiddush Club,” has now turned its attention to Simchat Torah. The holiday, which marks the end of the annual Torah cycle and the beginning of the next cycle, features dancing with the Torahs and festivities, which often include alcohol.

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