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Seventh and Eigth Graders From Metropolitan Area to Come to Lawrence for Yachad Shabbaton

April 9, 2008, by

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.

OU to Present Bikur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) Symposium in Teaneck, May 3

April 9, 2008, by

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.

Coming April 14 — “Raise Your Kids, Not Your Voice,” on OU Radio, www.ouradio.org

April 8, 2008, by

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.

NCSY and HAFTR Teens Travel to Germany to Create Pioneer Outreach Organization

April 1, 2008, by

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.

OU’s JLIC Photo Contest on 15 Campuses Offers Students Opportunity to Demonstrate Their Creativity

April 1, 2008, by

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.

OU Introduces New Recipes for Passover 2008

March 25, 2008, by

Tired of the same old Passover recipes? Sick of making matzah sandwiches and snacking on stale macaroons? For those seeking to liven up their holiday fare, the Passover website of the Orthodox Union, www.oupassover.org, will once again this year offer valuable assistance to those preparing meals for the seder and the rest of the holiday by providing a large number of recipes together with other food-related features.

NCSY Presents the Jewish Version, A New CD Featuring Familiar Tunes with Jewish Lyrics

March 25, 2008, by

In the grand tradition of Jewish parody bands like Shlock Rock and Variations, NCSY now presents its own Jewish spin on popular music songs. The release of The Jewish Version, featuring newcomer Ben Klein and distributed by the company Adere, takes latest hits from the secular music world and translates them to the Jewish world, substituting the lyrics with predominant Jewish themes and phrases.

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