With the ever-growing focus on kosher food and the intricacies of kashrut, the Orthodox Union, the premier institution in kosher certification, recently established the Harry H. Beren ASK OUTREACH Initiative to provide kosher education to yeshiva students in the convenience of their yeshivot, kollelim and semicha programs. Its latest crown in a series of presentations, which also included Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, Yeshiva Ohr Hachaim, and Mesivtah Tiferes Yerusholayim, drew close to 1,000 fascinated members of the Lakewood, NJ, community, making it a standing-room only event. It was held in Khal Zhichron Yaakov synagogue, with the haskomoh of the Beth Medrash Govoha Roshei HaYeshiva and the endorsement of the KCL—Vaad HaKashrut of Lakewood.
ASK OUTREACH and many other ASK OU programs are sponsored by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, which has just renewed its grant to the OU for another year.
Communication between family members is hard enough when everyone is blessed with hearing, but for families with deaf or hard of hearing members, it is even more difficult, especially when those families include pre-teens or teens. Recognizing this, Our Way, a program of the Orthodox Union’s The National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is co-sponsoring a free program addressing the challenges facing families with deaf and hard of hearing members during the pre-teen and teen years. It will be held on Sunday, March 9, 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., at the Yatzkin Center, 17 Duryea Place, in Brooklyn.
Although it seems like we just celebrated Chanukah, Purim – which begins the evening of March 20 – is virtually around the corner. Take Five for Torah, a popular program that is presented by the Orthodox Union though OU Radio on its website, www.ouradio.org, is preparing for the upcoming holiday by offering a series of thought-provoking Torah insights with Purim-related themes beginning March 10 through Purim.
The Orthodox Union’s Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities announced today that its newly formed Yachad chapter in Dallas will hold a Yachad-Shlock Rock Concert, on Sunday, March 16, to raise awareness about many opportunities available to people with special needs in the Dallas Jewish community and to benefit Yachad programs in the region.
Yachad/The National Council for Jewish Disabilities (NJCD) will host is first annual winter snowtubing trip on Sunday, February 24, at the Woodbury Ski Area in Connecticut. According to Yehuda Charm, director of New York Yachad, close to 60-100 Yachad members from the New York/New Jersey area are expected to attend, along with about 20 Yachad advisers. Snowtubing is a popular winter recreational activity of riding an inner tube down a slope.
The OU Kosher Coming program, which will encompass broad segments of the New York State Capital District region, will take place on Wednesday, March 5, featuring Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, OU Kosher Vice President of Communications and Marketing and Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator who specializes in the baking industry and is a frequent lecturer at OU Kosher Coming programs.
The Young Leadership Cabinet (YLC) of the Orthodox Union held its 2008 kickoff event for young leaders at Le Marais’ new Clubhouse Café in Manhattan on Saturday night, February 2. The event was an opportunity for aspiring young professionals in the Jewish community to connect with like-minded individuals and to support the Sderot Children’s Emergency Fund, which provides therapies and counseling to Israeli children experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder from the rockets that reigned down on their city.
Drawing from the success of its previous job fairs, the Orthodox Union announced today that its Virtual Job Fair III, will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to help those who are looking for new jobs or those looking to expand their opportunities in today’s job market. It is being sponsored by the Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer; IDT Corporation; and the Jewish Family Services of Bergen County.
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?