Three Orthodox Union congregations in different parts of the country will receive grants of up to $20,000 for proposing outreach initiatives to deal with the problem of assimilation and non-involvement in the Jewish community. The synagogues are Congregation Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner in Overland Park, KS, Rabbi David Fine, for the proposal, “There’s No Place Like Home”; The Young Israel of New Rochelle, in suburban New York City, Rabbi Reuven Fink, for “Inreach and Outreach”; and Baron Hirsch Congregation, Memphis Tennessee, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, for “Bring Shabbat Home.”
The Maimonides Scholars Program, an innovative initiative now in progress under the auspices of the OU’s West Coast NCSY and its public school offshoot, the Jewish Student Union (JSU), is bringing the atmosphere of higher education – in which young scholars receive fellowships to continue their work — to Los Angeles area high school students, both boys and girls, with each participant receiving $10 a week for the ten-week program.
The Orthodox Union’s new national program for those seeking to change jobs and the unemployed, the OU Job Board, today announced its First Annual (Virtual) Job Fair, to take place Tuesday, June 5 at OU Headquarters in New York. Companies in the Tri-State area — and those nationwide with offices in the Tri-State area or who are interested in relocating their new hires — are invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind recruitment event, in which Human Resources executives will interview potential employees through video-conferencing.
Ever wonder what the bad guys have been up to lately? Here’s an inside scoop. The wise guyz, mobsters, and the street crew gathered last week at the exclusive Union Square Ballroom for the Orthodox Union’s Yachad Mob Scene, the annual spring benefit on behalf of the Yachad program.
Just four months after introducing its six-part website, OU Direct, with the slogan “Managing your account has never been simpler,” the Orthodox Union Kosher Division announced today that the one thousandth user has logged into the system, which was designed to simplify financial contacts between the OU and the companies it certifies, as well as to facilitate the kosher certification process itself.
As preparations proceed for the Passover holiday celebration, the Orthodox Union has called on Jewish households across North America and around the world to reach out to their Israeli brethren and to Invite a Soldier to Your Seder, by placing OU Tefillah (Prayer) Cards at the seder table for each of their guests.
In recognition that many Americans spend Passover in Israel, the Orthodox Union Israel Center will present an Open House in Jerusalem on the first night of Chol Hamoed (the intermediate days) of Passover, to inform visitors about the wide variety of activities of the Center throughout the country.
“Ma Nishtana HaLayla Hazeh”—“How is this night different from all other nights? We were once slaves in Egypt, but God redeemed us, bringing us out from the land to freedom.”
The central role of food in the Passover holiday and the intricacies of Jewish law regarding which foods may be eaten and which foods are chametz (leaven) and may not, require recipes which both are Kosher for Passover and are as tasty as recipes the year ‘round which are not bound by Passover restrictions.
Yachad/NJCD, an agency of the Orthodox Union, whose mission is to promote and facilitate inclusion for people with disabilities, will return to the stage at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School for the fifth year, for Beauty and the Beast, this year’s musical presentation. The free performance, before what is always a large audience, will take place on Monday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the school, 1609 Avenue J in Brooklyn.