Rabbi Meshulam Nahari, Member of the Knesset (Shas party) and Minister in the Israeli Finance Ministry with responsibility for education and social affairs, gained first-hand familiarity with the social services of the Orthodox Union in Israel in November when he spent much time, until the wee hours of the morning, visiting The Pearl and Harold M. Jacobs Jerusalem Outreach Center–Zula program of the Seymour J. Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center.
The Orthodox Union, in conjunction with the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, on Sunday, March 18, will present Challenges Facing Families Today, an informative breakfast symposium which will offer insightful solutions to parents. It will be held at the synagogue, 150-05 70th Road in Kew Gardens Hills at 9:30 a.m.
The Orthodox Union Singles Connection and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun will present Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, a documentary on the nature of Radical Islam. The event is open to singles of all ages on Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m., at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, 125 East 85th Street in Manhattan.
In An Evening of Dinner and Comedy, the Orthodox Union Singles Connection presents an opportunity for singles ages 25-40 to relax and to meet new friends. It will be held on Monday, March 19, at Talia’s Steak House, 668 Amsterdam at 92nd Street in Manhattan, at 7:00 p.m.
As another in an expanding series of education initiatives, the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Department has established its new Harry H. Beren Visit OU program, which makes it possible for Jewish students to visit the OU to learn the finer points of kosher law and observance. The program was inaugurated last week when 70 students from Seattle and Vancouver visited New York on a trip sponsored by the OU’s Jewish Student Union, which operates clubs for public school students across North America.
As part of its “Reaching Out, Changing Lives” kiruv (outreach) initiative now in development, an Orthodox Union program is encouraging observance of the upcoming holiday of Purim by calling on congregants in OU synagogues across North America to send Shalach Manot holiday gift packages to those in the Jewish community who might be unfamiliar with Purim and its traditions.
NCSY Alumni sponsored an Adult Inspiration Retreat at the Sheraton Parsippany over President’s Day Weekend. More than 270 alumni and those seeking an inspiring Shabbat gathered from as far as Los Angeles and Israel.
For the past year, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division has presented in-depth kashrut education programs, made possible in great part by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, NJ. Due to the great success and popularity of these programs, foundation funding was recently renewed for the second year at a higher level than for the first grant.
In recognition that when serious illness strikes in an Orthodox family a whole range of difficult decisions — medical, legal and financial — have to be made in accordance with Jewish law, the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America, The Jewish Healing and Hospice Alliance, and the Metropolitan Jewish Health System will present a free communal symposium, When Serious Illness Strikes and Decisions Have to Be Made: Who Decides – the Patient, the Physician, the Rabbi, the Family? A Practical Guide for Orthodox Families.
Quest International, the sixth largest flavors and fragrance manufacturer in the world, switched its kosher certification to the Orthodox Union, for production at its Owings Mills, MD facility. The change became effective February 1.