Direct from Israel, a young Orthodox rabbi and his wife have arrived at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to offer Jewish education and spiritual guidance. Rabbi Yisrael Porath and Shoshana Porath are the new Torah Educators of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which is in its third year at Rutgers.
JLIC operates in coordination with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Student Life and the Torah Mitzion organization to support and tend to the spiritual needs of the students. Although targeted to the Orthodox, JLIC is open to all Jewish students, regardless of level of observance. It is based at Hillel, with the couple being part of the Hillel staff as well as the OU staff.
As part of its multi-faceted campaign to keep Jerusalem from being divided during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations at Annapolis and beyond, the Orthodox Union today called on its hundreds of synagogues across North America to observe Shabbat Yerushalayim (Sabbath for Jerusalem), Friday evening and Saturday, November 16-17, coinciding with the Torah portion of Vayeitzei.
The Orthodox Union, in conjunction with the Great Neck Synagogue, will present a program on Positive Jewish Marriages, The Ethics of Intimacy, on Sunday, November 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the synagogue, 26 Old Mill Road. The program will be free-of-charge and includes breakfast.
Just as college graduates become alumni and retain ties to their school, graduates of Orthodox Union programs can now maintain an active relationship with the OU through the newly created Department of Alumni Relations. Alumni can be involved in spiritually enhancing events while supporting the current participants in their favorite OU programs.
The Orthodox Union in Israel announced today that thanks to a generous contribution of $50,000 from the congregants of Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel in Newton Centre, MA, an OU synagogue, it will now be able to expand its Makom Balev emergency relief efforts in Sderot, the Israeli community constantly bombarded by Kassam rockets. The donation will be used to renovate a second Makom Balev center, operated out of a bomb shelter, which the Seymour J. Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center recently obtained from the city’s government.
In the inaugural program of the most recent initiative of OU Kosher in the field of kashrut education, senior rabbis from OU Kosher welcomed the Gaon HaRav Asher Weiss, Shlita, who delivered a shiur at OU headquarters in New York that encompassed a broad overview of the halachic principles that relate to the consumption of medications and non-food items. The audience, all of whom are themselves experts on kosher law, heard Rav Weiss expound on numerous sources from a wide range of rabbinic authorities.
The worldwide nature of OU Kosher will be demonstrated once again on Thursday, November 8, when Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator and Vice President of Marketing and Communications of the Orthodox Union Kashrut Division, will deliver a web presentation (webinar) to a conference on the Organic and Kosher Foods Market in the United States, being held in Lima, Peru.
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 the Young Israel of New Rochelle and the synagogue’s Women’s League, will present Positive Jewish Parenting on Saturday night, November 17.
In recognition that when serious illness strikes in an Orthodox family a whole range of difficult decisions — 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.