Having previously decided to hold its 2008 Biennial National Convention in New York rather than Jerusalem, where it presented its 2004 and 2006 meetings to large and enthusiastic gatherings, the Orthodox Union today reversed course and announced that the Thanksgiving Convention will be held in the Israeli capital.
The Ben Zakkai Honor Society (BZHS) of NCSY, the international youth program of the Orthodox Union, will induct four new members and present two prestigious awards, when it holds its Twelfth Annual Scholarship Reception, Sunday, January 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, NJ.
With the ultimate tour guide — OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb — participating and sharing several special presentations during tours and over Shabbat, the Orthodox Union will present its “family friendly” OU January Mission 2008 to Israel, Sunday January 20 to Sunday January 27, to provide the combination of touring, study and Shabbat that only OU missions can accomplish. Bar and Bat Mitzvah age youngsters are specifically invited to the mission, which will take place during “yeshiva week,” when many Jewish schools are on their winter break.
With a worldwide audience tuning in on www.ou.org and www.ouradio.org, the Orthodox Union’s Nach Yomi program moves on to its second month and third Book, I Samuel, with enthusiasm from listeners building and two more years of in-depth learning ahead of it.
For public school teens who want to learn more about Judaism, winter vacation is not just a time to sleep late and eat Chinese food. Almost 200 public high school teens from as far west as Detroit will travel to Stamford, CT, December 25-30 for a national Yarchei Kallah, 5 days of level-appropriate learning, sponsored by NCSY, the OU’s national youth program. The Stamford Sheraton Hotel will host the Yarchei Kallah, which is an intensive seminar for teens who want to experience immersion in a Torah-observant-lifestyle.
With OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb delivering the keynote address, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with Yavneh Academy of Paramus under the leadership of Principal Rabbi Jonathan Knapp, will present Positive Jewish Parenting on Saturday night, December 29.
Bursting with pride that in the past quarter century Los Angeles has become a major center of Torah life, the Orthodox Union West Coast Region will present its 17th Annual West Coast Torah Convention with the dual themes of “Highlighting Our Home Grown Talent,” and – with an eye on the future – “Guaranteeing Continuity: Keeping Our Children Jewish and Orthodox.”
A safari (with cameras not guns) through South Africa and leadership training with the revived Jewish community in Germany will be first time programs this summer as the Orthodox Union’s international youth program, NCSY, offers another jam-packed range of school vacation activities.
Following 2006’s and 2005’s highly successful “Academy Awards” for leading performances in support of people with disabilities, presented by the Orthodox Union’s Yachad/ NJCD, the program returns once again this year with “Yachad Oscars: A Benefit and Awards Ceremony.” The “Oscars” celebrate the “Jewish community’s dedicated individuals who have consistently delivered outstanding performances on behalf of Yachad/NJCD.”