As preparations proceed for the Passover holiday celebration, the Orthodox Union has called on Jewish households across North America and around the world to reach out to their Israeli brethren and to Invite a Soldier to Your Seder, by placing OU Tefillah (Prayer) Cards at the seder table for each of their guests.
In recognition that many Americans spend Passover in Israel, the Orthodox Union Israel Center will present an Open House in Jerusalem on the first night of Chol Hamoed (the intermediate days) of Passover, to inform visitors about the wide variety of activities of the Center throughout the country.
“Ma Nishtana HaLayla Hazeh”—“How is this night different from all other nights? We were once slaves in Egypt, but God redeemed us, bringing us out from the land to freedom.”
The central role of food in the Passover holiday and the intricacies of Jewish law regarding which foods may be eaten and which foods are chametz (leaven) and may not, require recipes which both are Kosher for Passover and are as tasty as recipes the year ‘round which are not bound by Passover restrictions.
Yachad/NJCD, an agency of the Orthodox Union, whose mission is to promote and facilitate inclusion for people with disabilities, will return to the stage at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School for the fifth year, for Beauty and the Beast, this year’s musical presentation. The free performance, before what is always a large audience, will take place on Monday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the school, 1609 Avenue J in Brooklyn.
As part of its rapidly developing “Reaching Out, Changing Lives” kiruv (outreach) initiative, the Orthodox Union today called on members of OU synagogues across North America to invite Jewish neighbors, business associates and colleagues who may be unaffiliated or marginally affiliated, to participate in their family seder.
Young Leadership Cabinet (YLC), the Orthodox Union’s training ground for its future leaders, has taken on a project to bring the destructive problem of eating disorders to the attention of the Orthodox community. The Cabinet is raising funds across North America for the production of an educational documentary, “Dying to be Thin” that will be used to alert teens, young adults, and their parents to the growing problem of eating disorders. The film will be shown in high schools and seminaries across North America and Israel.
For the festive holiday of Passover, the Orthodox Union once again has made available a list of newly certified OU Kosher for Passover products, thereby providing families with an increasing array of choices during this joyous time.
Combining centuries of Jewish law and state-of-the-art computer technology, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division announced today its newly designed website, www.oukosher.org, to offer easy and quick access to kosher information for consumers — Jewish and non-Jewish — and corporations worldwide. The OU is the world’s most recognized and trusted name in kosher supervision and a global leader in explaining the intricacies of keeping kosher to audiences on the web.
To answer questions that frequently arise during the Passover season, when the dietary laws are different and even more stringent from the ones that govern the rest of the year, the Orthodox Union Kosher Department for the second year has made available www.oupassover.org.