Thanks to OU and Partners, A Cancer Survivor is Headed to Israel, All Expenses Paid

July 17, 2007, by

When 67-year-old Ken Ulfeng of Elkhorn in southern Wisconsin received a phone call from the Orthodox Union last week telling him that he had won the OU’s free trip to Israel contest, he considered it to be “the most wonderful news” of his life. Mr. Ulfeng had been planning a trip to Israel when he found out he had cancer. Now, thanks to the Orthodox Union and his successful recovery from surgery, he is at long last on his way to the country of his dreams.

The Indefatigable Rabbi Weinreb to Deliver Pre-MaAriv Tisha B’Av Shiur

July 13, 2007, by

Only hours after completing his annual four-hour Tisha B’Av tour de force webcast on, in which he will expound with his vast learning on selected kinot for the day, OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb will bring the long fast day to a close with a pre-Maariv shiur at Tiferes Yisroel – Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, at 7:55 p.m. Maariv follows at 8:55.

OU Kosher’s Rabbi Dr. Safran’s New Book Takes on Immodest Dress

July 13, 2007, by

Profoundly distressed by what he sees as a breakdown in the morals of a sex-drenched society in which women’s dress – or lack of same — emphasizes bare skin over modesty, a leading Orthodox Union rabbi has written a searing and insightful book calling for a return to the values that have been emphasized for centuries in Jewish life.

Our Way Welcomes Jewish Deaf to Valley Village for OU Shabbaton, August 10-11

July 13, 2007, by

This summer season, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program will bring its popular and meaningful Shabbaton program for the Jewish deaf and their families to Valley Village, August10-11. 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 Congregation Shaarey Zedek,12800 Chandler Blvd.

Bored At The Bungalow Colony? NCSY Summer Programs Come To The Rescue

July 12, 2007, by

Ahhh, warm summer nights upstate; no noisy traffic, no civilization for miles, just folks alone in nature. One word to describe this experience may be “relaxing,” but another word may be “boring.” For teenagers, a night sitting in a rocking chair on the porch may not be the ideal activity. Therefore, New York NCSY has taken over with exciting new programming close to a bungalow colony near you!

OU and Food Institute To Combine On Webinar, Kosher Certification 101, Aug. 1

July 10, 2007, by

The Food Institute and the Orthodox Union will jointly present Kosher Certification 101, a 60-minute webinar on Wednesday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the Institute’s website, The intended audience includes retailers, manufacturers and other professionals with an interest in learning about kosher certification.

Live From the OU: Rabbi Weinreb to Webcast Worldwide on Tisha B’Av

July 9, 2007, by

For the nineteenth time this year, going back to when he was a pulpit rabbi in Baltimore, MD, Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb will present his incisive and inspiring commentary on selected kinot (elegies) on Tisha B’Av morning, which falls this year on Tuesday, July 24. The program will be webcast worldwide, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, live from OU headquarters in New York via the OU website,, as well as on

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