In its role as “the premier source for all kosher needs,” and in response to complaints by travelers that kosher food is no longer an option on domestic flights, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division today called on eight major domestic airlines to make kosher meals and snacks available for purchase on their flights, just as the airlines offered a kosher option when meals were included in the cost of a ticket. Since the airlines stopped providing the free meals, kosher passengers either must bring meals on board with them, or have nothing to eat on flights, even those of transcontinental length.
To enhance the High Holiday experience, OU Radio will launch Selichot Sichot daily programming, which will feature five to fifteen minutes presentations on the selichot prayers by rabbis on the staff of the Kashrut Division of the Orthodox Union. The series will run from Wednesday, September 5 to Friday, September 21.
The Orthodox Union, conscious of challenges today’s consumers are faced with when it comes to keeping kosher, announced today the release of the second edition of The OU Guide to Checking Fruits, Vegetables and Berries, a comprehensive guide designed to promote awareness in areas of insect infestation in fruits, vegetables, and berries.
In these days of the month of Elul, we are already wishing each other Shanah Tovah u-Metukah, a “good and sweet new year.” To many, this may seem like just a trivial, perhaps even an empty greeting—but it’s just the right thing to say at this time of year. But obviously it has a deeper and more profound meaning; expressing the wish of each of us that others, individually, and the Jewish people as a community, will experience a new year that is indeed good and sweet.
Sponsor of the Orthodox Union’s Second Virtual Job Fair, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who lent the prestige of his office to attract employers and to publicize the event, appeared today at the OU Headquarters while candidates were interviewed live via video conference with HR personnel in their offices.
In an initiative to help English-speakers find jobs in Israel, the Orthodox Union Job Board, which has already placed hundreds of people in jobs across North America, has expanded its horizons to Israel and now lists 25 Israeli employers on its website, www.ou.org/jobs. “This list is growing rapidly,” declared Michael Rosner, Director of the Job Board. “Almost 100 jobs were made available in a matter of days.”
At a time of year in which Jews spend many hours in the synagogue, the Orthodox Union has issued a heartfelt plea for proper decorum during davening by making available “A Rosh Hashanah Message” from Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski and the OU. The message is being published in the Fall issue of Jewish Action, the OU’s quarterly magazine, and is being sent to the hundreds of OU shuls throughout North America for widespread distribution to congregants.
Few people become really proficient at blowing the shofar. The Talmud (Shabbat 117b) refers to blowing the shofar as “chochmah ve-einah melachah”—a skill, rather than hard work—but mastering it does demand a lot of intensive practice.
Fourteen rabbis of Orthodox Union synagogues in the New York/New Jersey area will take to the road at High Holy Days time to share their wisdom with congregations other than their own, as the OU presents Reflections on Teshuva (repentance), Sunday, September 16 during the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.