Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack, who kicked-off this academic year at Brooklyn College with an unforgettable Sabbath experience which drew more than 100 students from across the spectrum of Jewish observance, are serving as spiritual mentors and guides to Jewish students on the sprawling campus for the first time this year. The couple is there as part of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which arrived on campus four years ago under the leadership of Rabbi Reuven and Nalini Ibragimov.
Who better to learn from than from people who have been there and done that? Starting this year, the Boston University Orthodox Jewish student body will benefit from alumni, Rabbi Avi and Shira Heller, who will serve as their spiritual mentors and guides through the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which arrived at BU this Fall.
In the wake of public statements by American, Israeli and Palestinian officials calling into question the fate of Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish People, the Orthodox Union today called on its synagogue network and its NCSY youth program to undertake major efforts, including those of a spiritual nature, to protect the city. At the same time, the OU is playing a major role in creating a political coalition, going beyond the Jewish community, to prevent compromises on Jerusalem from being made at the proposed Israel-Palestinian peace summit in Annapolis this fall.
Amid the explosive growth of the U.S. kosher food industry in recent years, a new survey has found the OU symbol of the Orthodox Union to be consumers’ preferred kosher certification in the packaged goods marketplace. Jewish respondents consistently named OU their top choice for ensuring the food they purchase meets the most stringent kosher certification, while non-Jews perceived the OU to signify the highest level of product safety and cleanliness.
Explore the religious challenges facing Orthodox Jewish students on the secular college campus and ways to counteract those challenges at the Orthodox Union’s symposium, Jewish Life on the Secular College Campus, Sunday, November 4. The presentation will be held at the Young Israel of Woodmere, 859 Peninsula Blvd., 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Across North America, week after week, hundreds of Jewish teens flock to their local Starbucks and similar coffee houses to sip free lattes and to learn Torah from NCSY rabbis. The teens are part of a program called Latte and Learning that invites middle and high schoolers to discuss the relevance of Torah in secular life. The programs are led by dynamic speakers who share a perspective on Jewish identity, offering an open and interactive discussion for Jewish teens to ask their questions and to voice their opinions. For many Jewish teens, this is their only source of Jewish nourishment.
As part of an ongoing effort of strengthening and empowering communities and their synagogue leadership, the Orthodox Union Department of Community Services has planned a three-part series of professional development workshops. Admission to all sessions is free. Funding has been provided by UJA-Federation of New York.
The Orthodox Union Job Board, which seeks to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed and those seeking better positions, has announced a series of available jobs in the New York and New Jersey areas for qualified applicants.
Once again this year, Election Day in New Jersey will be an opportunity for teachers in New Jersey Jewish Day Schools as well as for their counterparts from around the country to improve their skills, as Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), an affiliate of the Orthodox Union, presents two high-level conferences.
Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator and Vice President of Marketing and Communications at OU Kosher, based in New York, will cross the pond later this month to speak on “The Growing Kosher Market,” at the Fi (Food Ingredients) Europe Conference 2007, to be held in London October 30-November 1.