As the sixth light of Chanukah illuminates the holiday, the Orthodox Union’s New England Region of NCSY will celebrate 45 years of inspiring Jewish youth when it presents Dessert with Dershowitz with Alan Dershowitz. The evening, to benefit the Jewish teens of New England, will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA on Sunday, December 9, from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m.
Chanukah candles are beautiful but they also present a fire risk. In recognition that the observance of Chanukah makes December a time in which Jewish homes are particularly susceptible to unwanted blazes, the Orthodox Union today announced that December will be OU Fire Safety Month.
The Orthodox Union, in conjunction with the Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago, will present its Fourth Annual Positive Jewish Parenting conference in Chicago, in memory of Rabbi Isaac Mayefsky z”l, a most respected educator. The conference will take place Saturday evening, December 1, from 7:00-10:20 p.m. at the Associated Talmud Torahs, 2828 West Pratt Boulevard, for parents with children of all ages.
Single and interested in a fun and relaxing way to meet new people? The Orthodox Union’s Singles Connection, a program of the Department of Community Services, has announced five events in December and January, which span various interests: from concerts, to gift-giving in hospitals, to an insightful seminar on relationships, as well as discussing a documentary film. All events provide opportunities for singles to meet, mingle, and have a good time.
Following a successful visit to Congregation Schara Tzedeck in Vancouver last month, Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Synagogue, Young Israel of St. Louis and Agudat Israel in St. Louis the weekend of November 30, to attend services at the synagogues and to meet with their leadership and congregations. Mr. Savitsky will also speak on the topic of leadership during NCSY’s Leadership Training Shabbaton, taking place the same weekend. NCSY is the OU’s national youth program.
With the joyous Festival of Lights around the corner, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way will once again present its highly popular Chanukah Chart in illustrated sign language, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The revised Chanukah Chart includes holiday laws, customs, and a step-by-step guide to signing the blessings, with the blessings written in Hebrew, English and in transliteration.
Direct from Israel, a young Orthodox rabbi and his wife have arrived at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to offer Jewish education and spiritual guidance. Rabbi Yisrael Porath and Shoshana Porath are the new Torah Educators of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which is in its third year at Rutgers.
JLIC operates in coordination with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Student Life and the Torah Mitzion organization to support and tend to the spiritual needs of the students. Although targeted to the Orthodox, JLIC is open to all Jewish students, regardless of level of observance. It is based at Hillel, with the couple being part of the Hillel staff as well as the OU staff.
As part of its multi-faceted campaign to keep Jerusalem from being divided during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations at Annapolis and beyond, the Orthodox Union today called on its hundreds of synagogues across North America to observe Shabbat Yerushalayim (Sabbath for Jerusalem), Friday evening and Saturday, November 16-17, coinciding with the Torah portion of Vayeitzei.