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NCSY Bookmark Urging Prayer for Israeli Captives, Reprinted to Include More Victims; Access on Web

February 9, 2007, by

Based on the tremendous demand for bookmarks with the message Pray for the Captured Israeli Soldiers, NCSY, the youth program of the Orthodox Union, has redesigned the program and in addition to the most recent captives — Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit — who appeared on the original bookmark — now includes: Guy Hever, Ron Arad, Zachary Baumel, Yehuda Katz, and Tzvi Feldman, all of whom disappeared in action going back to 1982.

NY NCSY Opens NBA, an All-Girls Program in Brooklyn

February 9, 2007, by

The Queens-based New York Region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) has inaugurated another program in its continuing effort to provide quality activities for New York-area Jewish teens. NBA: No Boys Allowed combines a basketball night with a hip-hop dance class, both run by NCSY-trained advisors.

NY NCSY Begins Torah with a Twist Leadership Training Program in Queens Cafe

February 8, 2007, by

The Queens-based New York Region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) has inaugurated a new program, “Torah with a Twist,” at the popular Different Twist Café on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills. Torah With a Twist provides Jewish teens with a forum to discuss topics such as leadership and personal goal setting, combined with a solid Torah perspective. New York NCSY sponsors refreshments for those attending, and the relaxed café atmosphere provides an environment conducive to fun discussions and debates on various topics.

OU PowerPoint Program to Make Megillah Reading Acessible to Jewish Deaf and Hard of Hearing

February 6, 2007, by

With the joyous festival of Purim right around the corner, Our Way, a division of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) serving the deaf and hard of hearing, is presenting its PowerPoint presentation for reading the Megillah (Book of Esther) once again this year. Last year’s program drew over 75 synagogues from United States and Canada. According to Batya Jacob, Program Director of Our Way, “The goal for this year is to have over 100 synagogues participate in this unique Megillah reading.”
Purim will be observed on Saturday night March 3 and Sunday, March 4.

OU Dialogue on Waging War Now Available to a World-Wide Audience on Web

February 6, 2007, by

With its “ripped from the headlines” timeliness, three Orthodox rabbis grappled with how to bring Jewish thought and ethical teachings to the modern battlefield. These discussions are now available to a world-wide audience on Orthodox Union Radio, www.ouradio.org and www.ou.org/public_affairs.

With 37 Girls From N America and Canada in Attendance, Machon Maayan College in Israel Comes of Age

February 1, 2007, by

Machon Maayan, the new college in Israel for Jewish and Israel studies and leadership for post-high school girls from North America, opened its doors in Bet Shemesh in September with 37 students, the majority of whom are graduates of NCSY, the OU’s famed youth program. The school, which has blossomed since its establishment, is a joint project of the Orthodox Union and the Education Department of the Jewish Agency. Rabbi Dovid Cohen, the mentor and chairman of The Friends of Machon Maayan explained, “This is no small achievement. The young women are receiving the best all-round Jewish education consisting of classic Jewish texts, applied halacha (Jewish law), Jewish history and philosophy, and studies in contemporary Israel.”

From Tu B’Shevat to Shavuot,OU Radio Presents Rabbi Weinreb’s Holiday Lecture Series,Starting Jan 31

January 31, 2007, by

In the spirit of the upcoming special days on the Jewish calendar, from Tu B’Shevat which falls on this Saturday, February 3, to Shavuot in May, the Orthodox Union’s Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, will present a series of ten lectures to offer psychological perspectives on the holiday period. In addition to being a renowned rabbi, Rabbi Weinreb also practiced clinical psychology for many years.