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.
As part of an ongoing effort of strengthening and empowering communities and their synagogue leadership, the Orthodox Union Department of Community Services has planned a three-part series of professional development workshops. Admission to all sessions is free. Funding has been provided by UJA-Federation of New York.
The Orthodox Union Job Board, which seeks to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed and those seeking better positions, has announced a series of available jobs in the New York and New Jersey areas for qualified applicants.
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.
Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator and Vice President of Marketing and Communications at OU Kosher, based in New York, will cross the pond later this month to speak on “The Growing Kosher Market,” at the Fi (Food Ingredients) Europe Conference 2007, to be held in London October 30-November 1.
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.
New York NCSY will kick off the week, beginning October 21, with a Sunday dose of Torah High. This exciting teen morning program will feature great food, discussion and text-based classes for boys and girls from across the vast spectrum of Jewish observance.
The Orthodox Union, long recognized as one of the world’s leaders in teaching the Daf Yomi cycle, will add the Nach Yomi cycle to its compendium of educational programs on the web on November 1, as the OU begins a 742-day journey through the Prophets and Writings on www.ou.org/nach
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.
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.