In anticipation of the Passover holiday and its complexities, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division announced today that it will present a pre-Passover webcast on the OU website, www.ou.org/ouradio/webcast, to clarify questions and concerns people are facing in their preparations. It will be held Thursday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m. with log-on time at 2:45 p.m. The webcast is part of OU Kosher’s continued and ever-growing educational outreach to the community, which includes the OU Kosher Coming to Schools and Communities programs and the Kosher Tidbits postings on OU Radio, www.ouradio.org.
Niagara Falls, a world-class destination for tourists, nature lovers, and honeymooners alike, will now serve as the locale for a very special Shabbaton being offered by the OU’s Singles Connection program.
The Orthodox Union will present its National Kashrut Leadership Award to Osem USA at the OU’s 110th Anniversary National Dinner, Sunday, April 6 at the Grand Hyatt New York. Osem USA President, Izzet Ozdogan, will accept on behalf of the company.
OU Kosher announced today that its newly certified company, Glanbia Ingredient Ireland, is producing kosher lactose for baby formulas, with the lactose being supplied to major formula manufacturers in the American market. By working with the OU, Glanbia is able to produce a kosher product without the need repeatedly to kosherize its plant and to modify its production procedures.
The close relationship between OU Kosher and Cincinnati-based Beam Global Spirits and Wine, which goes back to 1992, became even closer in March, 2007 when Beam’s 60-flavor array of DeKuyper® cordials and liqueurs, the best-selling line of those products in the United States, was certified OU Kosher. The 60-product certification was the largest liquor kosher certification ever in the United States.
Last week, a Palestinian gunman entered one of Jerusalem’s most renowned yeshivas, Mercaz HaRav, and mercilessly shot to death eight students, all but one a teenager, who were engaged in the study of Torah. This heinous crime has stunned the Jewish community worldwide.
The Orthodox Union will present its Young Leadership Distinguished Service Award to Jonathan Mell of Teaneck, a member of the OU’s Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Young Leadership track of the upcoming 2008 Biennial Convention. The presentation will take place at the OU’s 110th Anniversary National Dinner, Sunday, April 6, at the Grand Hyatt New York.
The Orthodox Union will present its Lifetime Community Service Award to Al Miller, who retired after 31 years at the helm of F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System. The presentation will take place at the OU’s 110th Anniversary National Dinner, Sunday, April 6 at the Grand Hyatt New York.
Mr. Miller has been the OU’s partner in the ParnossahWorks program, in which the OU and F.E.G.S. have worked together to place many hundreds of unemployed and under-employed members of the Jewish community in meaningful jobs.
When they started their rabbinical careers a half century or more ago, Orthodox Judaism in the United States was widely perceived to be a small and diminishing throwback, destined to become even more marginalized as Jews embraced newer, more liberal varieties of Jewish observance more in tune with the American post-war experience.