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.
OU Kosher is coming to Edmonton to participate in the annual “Yeshiva for a Day” seminar, presented by the Beth Israel Congregation Family Shul and Edmonton Jewish General Education (EDJGE). The visit is part of the program OU Kosher Is Coming…, in which the Orthodox Union dispatches its OU Kosher rabbis far and wide to educate kosher consumers wherever they may dwell.
As the sixth light of Chanukah illuminates the holiday, the Orthodox Union’s New England Region of NCSY will celebrate 45 years of inspiring Jewish youth when it presents Dessert with Dershowitz with Alan Dershowitz. The evening, to benefit the Jewish teens of New England, will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA on Sunday, December 9, from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m.
Chanukah candles are beautiful but they also present a fire risk. In recognition that the observance of Chanukah makes December a time in which Jewish homes are particularly susceptible to unwanted blazes, the Orthodox Union today announced that December will be OU Fire Safety Month.
The Orthodox Union, in conjunction with the Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago, will present its Fourth Annual Positive Jewish Parenting conference in Chicago, in memory of Rabbi Isaac Mayefsky z”l, a most respected educator. The conference will take place Saturday evening, December 1, from 7:00-10:20 p.m. at the Associated Talmud Torahs, 2828 West Pratt Boulevard, for parents with children of all ages.
Single and interested in a fun and relaxing way to meet new people? The Orthodox Union’s Singles Connection, a program of the Department of Community Services, has announced five events in December and January, which span various interests: from concerts, to gift-giving in hospitals, to an insightful seminar on relationships, as well as discussing a documentary film. All events provide opportunities for singles to meet, mingle, and have a good time.
Following a successful visit to Congregation Schara Tzedeck in Vancouver last month, Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Synagogue, Young Israel of St. Louis and Agudat Israel in St. Louis the weekend of November 30, to attend services at the synagogues and to meet with their leadership and congregations. Mr. Savitsky will also speak on the topic of leadership during NCSY’s Leadership Training Shabbaton, taking place the same weekend. NCSY is the OU’s national youth program.