After a seven-year effort, in which a young couple, Rabbi Jason and Meira Rappoport played a leading role, an eruv is now available to make Sabbath observance easier for Orthodox Jews at Yale. Rabbi and Mrs. Rappoport are the Torah Educators of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which is found at Yale and 12 other prestigious campuses nationwide.
From Israel to China; Mexico to Spain; the Philippines and Indonesia to Brazil; Singapore to France; Australia/New Zealand to Germany; the United Kingdom to Colombia, and of course throughout the United States and Canada, an audience of thousands is tuning into the presentations of Kosher Tidbits, a fast-growing program that brings the intricacies of kosher law, taught by Orthodox Union experts, to discerning audiences on OU Radio, www.ouradio.org. In just a few months, more than 6,000 of these presentations have been downloaded onto listeners’ personal computers, ipods and other electronic devices.
In the fifth of a series of highly popular Positive Jewish Parenting seminars, to be held at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, the Orthodox Union and HANC will present Giving the Most to Our Children and Getting the Most Out of Being a Parent, on Saturday night, February 24, 2007.
Based on the tremendous demand for bookmarks with the message Pray for the Captured Israeli Soldiers, NCSY, the youth program of the Orthodox Union, has redesigned the program and in addition to the most recent captives — Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit — who appeared on the original bookmark — now includes: Guy Hever, Ron Arad, Zachary Baumel, Yehuda Katz, and Tzvi Feldman, all of whom disappeared in action going back to 1982.
The Queens-based New York Region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) has inaugurated another program in its continuing effort to provide quality activities for New York-area Jewish teens. NBA: No Boys Allowed combines a basketball night with a hip-hop dance class, both run by NCSY-trained advisors.
The Queens-based New York Region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) has inaugurated a new program, “Torah with a Twist,” at the popular Different Twist Café on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills. Torah With a Twist provides Jewish teens with a forum to discuss topics such as leadership and personal goal setting, combined with a solid Torah perspective. New York NCSY sponsors refreshments for those attending, and the relaxed café atmosphere provides an environment conducive to fun discussions and debates on various topics.
In “An Evening of Dinner and Comedy,” the Orthodox Union Singles Connection presents an opportunity for singles ages 40-and-over to relax and to meet new friends. It will be held on Monday, February 26, at Park East Grill, 1564 Second Avenue in Manhattan, at 7:00 p.m.
With the joyous festival of Purim right around the corner, Our Way, a division of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) serving the deaf and hard of hearing, is presenting its PowerPoint presentation for reading the Megillah (Book of Esther) once again this year. Last year’s program drew over 75 synagogues from United States and Canada. According to Batya Jacob, Program Director of Our Way, “The goal for this year is to have over 100 synagogues participate in this unique Megillah reading.”
Purim will be observed on Saturday night March 3 and Sunday, March 4.
With its “ripped from the headlines” timeliness, three Orthodox rabbis grappled with how to bring Jewish thought and ethical teachings to the modern battlefield. These discussions are now available to a world-wide audience on Orthodox Union Radio, www.ouradio.org and www.ou.org/public_affairs.