With the ultimate tour guide — OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb — participating and sharing several special presentations during tours and over Shabbat, the Orthodox Union will present its “family friendly” OU January Mission 2008 to Israel, Sunday January 20 to Sunday January 27, to provide the combination of touring, study and Shabbat that only OU missions can accomplish. Bar and Bat Mitzvah age youngsters are specifically invited to the mission, which will take place during “yeshiva week,” when many Jewish schools are on their winter break.
With a worldwide audience tuning in on www.ou.org and www.ouradio.org, the Orthodox Union’s Nach Yomi program moves on to its second month and third Book, I Samuel, with enthusiasm from listeners building and two more years of in-depth learning ahead of it.
For public school teens who want to learn more about Judaism, winter vacation is not just a time to sleep late and eat Chinese food. Almost 200 public high school teens from as far west as Detroit will travel to Stamford, CT, December 25-30 for a national Yarchei Kallah, 5 days of level-appropriate learning, sponsored by NCSY, the OU’s national youth program. The Stamford Sheraton Hotel will host the Yarchei Kallah, which is an intensive seminar for teens who want to experience immersion in a Torah-observant-lifestyle.
With OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb delivering the keynote address, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with Yavneh Academy of Paramus under the leadership of Principal Rabbi Jonathan Knapp, will present Positive Jewish Parenting on Saturday night, December 29.
Bursting with pride that in the past quarter century Los Angeles has become a major center of Torah life, the Orthodox Union West Coast Region will present its 17th Annual West Coast Torah Convention with the dual themes of “Highlighting Our Home Grown Talent,” and – with an eye on the future – “Guaranteeing Continuity: Keeping Our Children Jewish and Orthodox.”
A safari (with cameras not guns) through South Africa and leadership training with the revived Jewish community in Germany will be first time programs this summer as the Orthodox Union’s international youth program, NCSY, offers another jam-packed range of school vacation activities.
Following 2006’s and 2005’s highly successful “Academy Awards” for leading performances in support of people with disabilities, presented by the Orthodox Union’s Yachad/ NJCD, the program returns once again this year with “Yachad Oscars: A Benefit and Awards Ceremony.” The “Oscars” celebrate the “Jewish community’s dedicated individuals who have consistently delivered outstanding performances on behalf of Yachad/NJCD.”
The Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with the Young Israel of Scarsdale will strengthen the foundation of Judaism — the Jewish family — with its highly effective Positive Jewish Parenting program on Shabbat (Parshat Vayigash), December 14-15.
What could possibly compel a contented teenager from Overland Park to give up her blue jeans, class parties, and the cheerleading squad to become a shomer Shabbat (Sabbath observer), strictly kosher yeshiva girl? NCSY, the international youth program (the United States and Canada) of the Orthodox Union, enthusiastically takes the blame, and welcomes Sarah Jampolsky, 17, to her new position as NCSY’s International President. No one is more surprised by the transformation then the Kansas girl herself.
To strengthen parents’ child-rearing skills and to help them to effectively communicate with their children, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with Tifereth Israel of Passaic, will present the Second Annual Somaich Achim / JFS Community-Wide Program Positive Jewish Parenting on Tuesday, December 25. Admission is free.