For a timeless religion, Judaism is deeply concerned with time. What time do you light Shabbat candles? What time does the Sabbath end? When is dawn? What is the earliest one can don the talit for the morning service? What is the latest the morning Shema can be said? When is the earliest the Mincha service can begin? What time is sunset? When do the Hebrew months begin? What are the dates of the holidays?
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Atlanta’s Beth Jacob Congregation, an OU member congregation, the weekend of March 7-8, to attend Shabbat services and to meet with the community’s leadership and membership.
The Orthodox Union’s Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities, which addresses the needs of individuals with developmental and learning disabilities, announced today that its successful Relationship Building Course-RBC for young adults with developmental disabilities, will now be available to children and teens with mild to moderate learning challenges for the first time in the Spring 2008 semester.
It started out with a simple math problem: How many seats could possibly fit into the tiny living room/dining room? The maze of tables was set with 47 spots, but in the end, it was not nearly enough. Nearly 70 Jewish public school teenagers skipped out on basketball and drama practice, declined to hang out with their friends in the mall, and instead chose to flood the Portland home of Rabbi Chanan and Meira Spivak, the NCSY Chapter Directors, for their monthly Shabbat dinner, known in NCSY as Friday Night Lights and fondly referred to in Portland as “Shabbat Shebang.”
With the joyous and exciting holiday of Purim beginning on the evening of March 20, the Orthodox Union, as part of its ongoing kiruv (outreach) initiative, has called on communities and their synagogues across North America to make plans to reach out during the holiday period to the unaffiliated and marginally affiliated.
n honor of Israel’s upcoming sixtieth anniversary, May 8, corresponding to 3 Iyar, the Orthodox Union’s Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services is planning a variety of celebratory programming to mark this important milestone in Israel’s history. “The OU is proud to be a primary force leading the celebration of Israel’s sixtieth anniversary,” declared Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, OU Executive Vice President.
The Orthodox Union Job Board, which seeks to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed and those seeking better positions, announced today that B’nai Brith Canada will join a variety of social service agencies across the United States in co-sponsoring the webcast of How to Take an Interview, on Monday, March 3. It will be the first installment of the OU “Professional Series” workshops, which will be presented worldwide on the Job Board website, www.ou.org/jobs. The program will originate from OU Headquarters in New York.
The Orthodox Union Job Board, which seeks to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed and those seeking better positions, announced today that in addition to many social services agencies across the U.S. and Canada, the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC) will also co-sponsor How to Take an Interview, on Monday, March 3. It will be the first installment of the OU “Professional Series” workshops, which will be webcast worldwide on the Job Board website, www.ou.org/jobs. The webcast will originate from OU Headquarters in New York.
This winter season, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program will bring its popular and meaningful Shabbaton program for Jewish deaf and their families to Suffern, February 1-2. The Shabbaton is designed to meet the specific needs of the deaf and hearing impaired and to provide them with a one-of-a-kind Sabbath experience. It will be held at Congregation Bais Torah, 89 West Carlton Road.
OU Kosher today announced an exciting and much-needed new initiative to respond to the kashrut needs and questions of Jewish communities throughout North America, particularly of smaller ones distant from major Jewish metropolitan areas.