OU to Award a Grant of up to $20,000 to Synagogue Presenting Best Outreach Initiative

January 3, 2007, by

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.

Reaching a Milestone: OU Tefilla Card Sales Pass $100,000 Mark

December 28, 2006, by

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.

Canadian Jewish Teenager Observes the American Gov’t in Action on an NCSY Program

December 27, 2006, by

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.

OU Announces Three New Kosher Tidbits Programs on OU Radio

December 22, 2006, by

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.

New York NCSY Reaches a Milestone

December 19, 2006, by

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.

OU Strongly Condemns Iran’s Holocaust Denial Conference

December 13, 2006, by

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in North America joined other Jewish groups, public officials, and religious leaders in condemning the Islamic Republic of Iran for convening a conference questioning if the Holocaust happened and hosting those who deny this historical fact.