OU Announces the Coast-to-Coast Winners of the First Annual OU Kosher Essay Contest, Grades 4-12

June 5, 2007, by

The Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division today announced the winners of the First Annual OU Kosher Essay Contest for grades 4-12. The winners are Chevie Pahmer and Hadassah Goldman of Clifton, New Jersey; Sarah Sanfield and Abby Sanfield of Torrance, California in Los Angeles County; Chaya Meth of Baltimore, Maryland; and Zachary Weiner of New York City. The winners will have their essays published online at and will receive a $50 gift certificate to, a Judaica website.

OU Announces Sderot Shabbat, June 9, and Sderot Emergency Fund, to Raise Money

June 1, 2007, by

In response to the continued Hamas bombardment of Sderot with Kassam rockets, the Orthodox Union has established two fund-raising campaigns to expand the OU’s humanitarian programs on behalf of the traumatized residents of the city. They are the OU Sderot Emergency Fund, and OU Sderot Shabbat. OU programs in Sderot in response to the Kassams have been underway for several months; the fundraising efforts are intended to expand their reach as quickly as possible. The OU has had a programmatic presence in Sderot for six years.

OU West Coast and NCSY to Pay Tribute to Distinguished Honorees, June 19

May 25, 2007, by

The Orthodox Union West Coast Region and NCSY will hold their Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 19 at the Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, to pay tribute to distinguished honorees and to launch the Ahuva Wernick Sefer Torah Campaign, in the memory of Ahuva Wernick a”h, one of the original founders of West Coast NCSY.

JSU Invites Dershowitz to Speak at Newton South HS, June 5, In Response to Chomsky

May 25, 2007, by

At the invitation of the Jewish Student Union (JSU), an Orthodox Union-affiliated culture club meeting in Newton South High School in the Greater Boston area, the noted law professor and pro-Israel activist Alan Dershowitz will address both the JSU club and the school’s Social Awareness Club on Tuesday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Newton South, in response to an appearance there April 11 by Noam Chomsky, a virulent critic of both Israel and the United States.

OU’s NJCD Attracted 600 Guests to Its 21st Annual Family Shabbaton

May 25, 2007, by

The Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) is celebrating the success of its twenty-first annual Family Shabbaton that attracted six hundred guests to Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY. The Shabbaton brought together Yachad and Our Way members, their parents and extended families from around the United States and Canada.

Celebrating Yom Yerushalayim — OU Israel Style!

May 21, 2007, by

Striking a perfect balance between Torah, spirit, great food, good friends and, of course, acknowledging the miracle of returning to Yerushalayim, this year’s Fourth Annual Orthodox Union Israel dinner was a major success. With almost 400 guests in attendance, Zvi Sand, the Dinner Chairman, introduced Rabbi Avi Berman, the Director of OU Israel. Rabbi Berman’s succinct message was that the simple meaning of the word Yerushalayim is comprised of two words found in the Torah — Yeru and Shalem. Yeru connotes vision, or a desire to see, to actualize, to behold; Shalem connotes completion, perfection, wholeness.

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