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.
On Thursday, August 30, Jake Freedman, 25 and Tovah Schafer, 23 will be married in an Orthodox ceremony in Teaneck, NJ. Less than two years ago, neither one of them could have imagined making the choices that led them to each other, nor to the kind of home they now plan to build. As their wedding day approaches, this is the story of the long and sometimes winding road that led them to the chuppah:
The Orthodox Union announced today that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is a sponsor of the Orthodox Union’s Virtual Job Fair II, to be held Wednesday, August 29 at OU Headquarters in Manhattan. The Fair, which is directed at the unemployed and those seeking better positions, is offered free of charge to both candidates and employers.
It was called the Three-Day Los Angeles Halachic Adventure, and was devoted to exploring “The Mesorah (tradition) of Kosher Birds and Animals” through lectures, food tasting and site visits for kosher professionals, but don’t let the “Los Angeles” designation fool you – the impact of the event held earlier this month at OU West Coast Region headquarters, the Prime Grill Restaurant in Beverly Hills, and processing plants in Oxnard, Fullerton and Corona, went far beyond the confines of Southern California.