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.
For the Jewish deaf and their families, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way, a program for the deaf and hearing impaired, will present a one-of-a-kind Sabbath/Purim experience, March 2-3, in Rochester. It will be held at Beth Shalom Congregation, 1161 Monroe Avenue.
After a seven-year effort, in which a young couple, Rabbi Jason and Meira Rappoport played a leading role, an eruv is now available to make Sabbath observance easier for Orthodox Jews at Yale. Rabbi and Mrs. Rappoport are the Torah Educators of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which is found at Yale and 12 other prestigious campuses nationwide.
From Israel to China; Mexico to Spain; the Philippines and Indonesia to Brazil; Singapore to France; Australia/New Zealand to Germany; the United Kingdom to Colombia, and of course throughout the United States and Canada, an audience of thousands is tuning into the presentations of Kosher Tidbits, a fast-growing program that brings the intricacies of kosher law, taught by Orthodox Union experts, to discerning audiences on OU Radio, www.ouradio.org. In just a few months, more than 6,000 of these presentations have been downloaded onto listeners’ personal computers, ipods and other electronic devices.
In the fifth of a series of highly popular Positive Jewish Parenting seminars, to be held at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, the Orthodox Union and HANC will present Giving the Most to Our Children and Getting the Most Out of Being a Parent, on Saturday night, February 24, 2007.