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OU To Present Communal Symposium Addressing Serious Illness, Sunday, May 18, in Edison

April 24, 2008, by

When critical illness strikes within the Jewish community, who can best advise on the course of action families should take? Is it the physician, rabbi, or family members themselves? To address this issue, the OU’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with the Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley, will present a communal symposium, free of charge, on the topic 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. The event will be held Sunday, May 18, 8:00-10:00 p.m., at Ohr Torah Congregation, 48 Edgemont Road, Edison.

OU’s Department of Synagogue Services Presents Updated Mikveh Directory

April 17, 2008, by

In recognition of the importance to Jewish travelers of knowing where they can obtain access to a mikveh (“ritual bath”) across North America, the Orthodox Union’s Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services has just published a revised and expanded edition for 5678/2008 of the Orthodox Union’s Mikveh Directory. The guide is available free of charge.

OU Presents Marriage Enrichment Retreat, July 11 to 13, in Catskills

April 16, 2008, by

The Orthodox Union, which is dedicated to strengthening Jewish families, will present its third annual Marriage Enrichment Retreat, to help couples build a life together within the context of Torah and halacha (Jewish law). It will be held at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY, Friday to Sunday, July 11-13.

Rabbi Weinreb’s Series on Teachings of Rav Kook Memorializes Eight Slain Students

April 16, 2008, by

In recognition that the eight students tragically slain at the Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav were immersed in the religious Zionist philosophies of the yeshiva’s founder, Rav Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook zt”l, and to provide an ongoing memorial tribute to them, OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is providing a weekly lesson from the writings of Rav Kook on www.ou.org and www.ouradio.org.

Our Way Welcomes Jewish Deaf to Palm Harbor for OU Shabbaton, May 16-17

April 15, 2008, by

This spring season, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program will bring its popular and meaningful Shabbaton program for Jewish deaf and their families to Palm Harbor (near Tampa), May 16-17. The Shabbaton is designed to meet the specific needs of the deaf and hearing impaired and to provide them with a one-of-a-kind Sabbath experience. It will be held at Young Israel/Chabad of Pinellas County, 3696 Fisher Rd.

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.

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