In recognition that the eight students tragically slain at the Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav were immersed in the religious Zionist philosophies of the yeshiva’s founder, Rav Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook zt”l, and to provide an ongoing memorial tribute to them, OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is providing a weekly lesson from the writings of Rav Kook on www.ou.org and www.ouradio.org.
This spring season, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program will bring its popular and meaningful Shabbaton program for Jewish deaf and their families to Palm Harbor (near Tampa), May 16-17. 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 Young Israel/Chabad of Pinellas County, 3696 Fisher Rd.
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Oakland’s Beth Jacob Congregation, an OU member congregation under the leadership of Rabbi Judah Dardik, May 16-17, to attend Shabbat services and to meet with the community’s leadership and membership.
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit OU member congregations the Baron Hirsch Congregation and Anshei Sphard – Beth El Emeth Congregation in Memphis, May 9-10, to attend Shabbat services and to meet with the community’s leadership and membership.
Seventh and eighth graders from yeshivot/day schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will gather for the annual Yachad Leadership Shabbaton at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, May 9-10, to spend Shabbat with junior high school students with disabilities, and to understand the importance of including those with disabilities in the Jewish community.
Calling special attention to the important mitzvah of bikur cholim (visiting the sick), which is an integral component of Torah Judaism, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County, presents a free communal symposium, Understanding the Meaning and Ramifications of Bikur Cholim for the Community, on Motzei Shabbat, Saturday night, May 3, 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. It will be held in Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, 641 West Englewood Avenue in Teaneck.
When you communicate with your kids how much of that communication is loving and how much is angry or disciplinary? According to Sarah Chana Radcliffe’s rule, your child should feel your love more than your discipline, and she’ll give you pointers how. That’s just one of the many things she reminds us in the new OU Radio parenting series Raise Your Kids, Not Your Voice, presented by the Orthodox Union.
There is a memorial on one block in East Berlin where there are elevated stones with names on them. Many of these stones represent individuals, some of them families, and then there are those which represent synagogues and their constituencies. The constant change in elevation makes it physically difficult to walk down that block in East Berlin; what the stones represent makes it spiritually challenging to walk anywhere in Germany. For a ten-day period, 18 Long Island NCSYers chose to walk in Germany, recognizing the physical and spiritual challenges that such a place represents. This challenge was epitomized on our group’s experience spanning Taanit Esther through Purim and the subsequent Shabbat.
Attention all students! Tired of studying and cramming for exams? Here is your chance to take a break and to show your creativity. The Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program today announced a photo contest, in which students on the 15 JLIC campuses across the country will have an opportunity to submit their best pictures depicting Jewish life at their school and to win great prizes.