To strengthen parenting skills and to provide advice from leading Orthodox mental health professionals, the Orthodox Union Department of Community Services, in conjunction with Omaha’s Beth Israel Synagogue, will present Positive Jewish Parenting, to be held at the synagogue, 12604 Pacific Street, following Shabbat morning services on Saturday, January 20.
The Orthodox Union, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, mourns the passing of Theodor “Teddy” Kollek, the former mayor of Jerusalem.
With the assimilation rate in the North American Jewish community hovering at 50 percent or above, and with a large number of unaffiliated or marginally affiliated Jewish individuals and families, the Orthodox Union is calling on its synagogue network to actively respond by creating a synagogue-based outreach program targeted at unaffiliated Jews with minimal or marginal synagogue involvement.
Psst….So you heard a great tip about petroleum or technology stocks at the water cooler? That bonds are up and real estate is down? Forget the water cooler; there are better ways to plan for your financial future.
Reaching a major milestone, sales of the Orthodox Union’s Mi Sheberach Le Tzahal Tefilla (prayer) card program for the welfare of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces have now exceeded $100,000, with all of the funds raised already having been distributed, most recently prior to the Sukkot festival. The funds go to Israeli soldiers and their families in financial straits. Prior to Sukkot, they also provided for holiday gift packages distributed to soldiers on their bases by American volunteers.
What’s a Canadian teenager doing observing the American government in action? Adira Winegust, 17, of Thornhill, Ontario, one of five of this year’s Senator Joseph Lieberman Scholars, a program of NCSY, is in the United States on a mission. She wants to offer her unique, Canadian viewpoint on the American political system as well as inform her fellow Canadians about how the system works.
The Kosher Tidbits radio program of the Orthodox Union’s Kashrut Division has added three new presentations to the 40 already recorded exploring the technicalities of kosher law. The segments on wine, eggs, and bakers and cooks are intended to explain the finer points of kashrut to students of all ages; rabbis and scholars; and the wider kosher-keeping audience.
With hundreds of Jewish teenagers looking to learn more about their heritage in a fun and relaxing environment, highly popular New York NCSY’s programming attracted over 500 attendees to last week’s events.
Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky and Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb today issued the following statement:
The Orthodox Union, which supports major outreach programs in Israel to bring Torah Judaism to unaffiliated youths and adults, today stated its strong objection to legislation introduced in the Knesset by Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz which would ban Jewish outreach educators from approaching and engaging with Israeli youth.