This winter season, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program will bring its popular and meaningful Shabbaton program for Jewish deaf and their families to Dallas, February 15-16. 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 Ohr Torah, 6324 Churchill Way.
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Young Israel of Southfield, an OU member congregation, the weekend of January 18, to attend Shabbat services and to meet with the community’s leadership and congregation.
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, released the following statement by President Stephen J. Savitsky and Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb in response to remarks by Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe at a rally in Israel where he reportedly compared Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Nazi collaborators and suggested the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Vice Premier Haim Ramon and Defense Minister Ehud Barak would be “hung from the gallows” in a properly run state:
Following the success of two job fairs held in the last six months, the Orthodox Union announced today that its Virtual Job Fair III will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to help those who are looking for new jobs or those looking to expand their opportunities in today’s job market.
The Virtual Job Fair is a project of the OU’s Job Board, which was introduced last January, and which maintains a comprehensive website, http://www.ou.org/jobs. The Job Fair will be held free-of-charge at OU Headquarters, 11 Broadway. In the Virtual Job Fair, candidates who have previous submitted their resumes are interviewed online by human resources directors in the New York area.
The Orthodox Union Job Board, which seeks to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed and those seeking better positions, announced today that How to Take an Interview, on Monday, March 3, will be the first installment of the OU “Professional Series” workshops, which will be webcast worldwide on the Job Board website, www.ou.org/jobs. The webcast will originate from OU Headquarters in New York.
Taglit-birthright israel, which is well known for its free educational trips for young Jewish adults who have never been to Israel, will present a very special trip for 27 young men and women with disabilities (ages 18 to 26) from January 9 to January 20, in conjunction with the Orthodox Union’s Yachad program for the developmentally disabled. Because of its expertise and great success, Yachad was the first group authorized to participate with people with disabilities in birthright Israel, and since then has paved the way for others. There have already been several Taglit-birthright israel/Yachad trips.
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will visit Ohav Emeth Congregation and Ahavas Achim Congregation in Highland Park and Congregation Ohr Torah in Edison the weekend of January 4, to attend Shabbat services at the synagogues and to meet with their leadership and congregations.
In recognition that when serious illness strikes an Orthodox family, a whole range of difficult decisions – religious, medical, legal and financial — have to be made in accordance with Jewish law, the Orthodox Union, the Metropolitan Jewish Health System and The Jewish Healing and Hospice Alliance, an initiative of UJA-Federation of New York will present a free communal symposium, 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.
In a partnership between the Orthodox Union and Touro College, the OU’s upcoming family mission to Israel — Sunday January 20-Sunday, January 27, 2008 – will include a component in which parents and their high school seniors can visit yeshivot and seminaries in Israel through convenient arrangements made by Touro.
Having previously decided to hold its 2008 Biennial National Convention in New York rather than Jerusalem, where it presented its 2004 and 2006 meetings to large and enthusiastic gatherings, the Orthodox Union today reversed course and announced that the Thanksgiving Convention will be held in the Israeli capital.