Based on the tremendous demand for bookmarks with the message Pray for the Captured Israeli Soldiers, NCSY, the youth program of the Orthodox Union, has redesigned the program and in addition to the most recent captives — Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit — who appeared on the original bookmark — now includes: Guy Hever, Ron Arad, Zachary Baumel, Yehuda Katz, and Tzvi Feldman, all of whom disappeared in action going back to 1982.
The Queens-based New York Region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) has inaugurated another program in its continuing effort to provide quality activities for New York-area Jewish teens. NBA: No Boys Allowed combines a basketball night with a hip-hop dance class, both run by NCSY-trained advisors.
The Queens-based New York Region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) has inaugurated a new program, “Torah with a Twist,” at the popular Different Twist Café on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills. Torah With a Twist provides Jewish teens with a forum to discuss topics such as leadership and personal goal setting, combined with a solid Torah perspective. New York NCSY sponsors refreshments for those attending, and the relaxed café atmosphere provides an environment conducive to fun discussions and debates on various topics.
In “An Evening of Dinner and Comedy,” the Orthodox Union Singles Connection presents an opportunity for singles ages 40-and-over to relax and to meet new friends. It will be held on Monday, February 26, at Park East Grill, 1564 Second Avenue in Manhattan, at 7:00 p.m.
With the joyous festival of Purim right around the corner, Our Way, a division of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) serving the deaf and hard of hearing, is presenting its PowerPoint presentation for reading the Megillah (Book of Esther) once again this year. Last year’s program drew over 75 synagogues from United States and Canada. According to Batya Jacob, Program Director of Our Way, “The goal for this year is to have over 100 synagogues participate in this unique Megillah reading.”
Purim will be observed on Saturday night March 3 and Sunday, March 4.
With its “ripped from the headlines” timeliness, three Orthodox rabbis grappled with how to bring Jewish thought and ethical teachings to the modern battlefield. These discussions are now available to a world-wide audience on Orthodox Union Radio, www.ouradio.org and www.ou.org/public_affairs.
Machon Maayan, the new college in Israel for Jewish and Israel studies and leadership for post-high school girls from North America, opened its doors in Bet Shemesh in September with 37 students, the majority of whom are graduates of NCSY, the OU’s famed youth program. The school, which has blossomed since its establishment, is a joint project of the Orthodox Union and the Education Department of the Jewish Agency. Rabbi Dovid Cohen, the mentor and chairman of The Friends of Machon Maayan explained, “This is no small achievement. The young women are receiving the best all-round Jewish education consisting of classic Jewish texts, applied halacha (Jewish law), Jewish history and philosophy, and studies in contemporary Israel.”
In the spirit of the upcoming special days on the Jewish calendar, from Tu B’Shevat which falls on this Saturday, February 3, to Shavuot in May, the Orthodox Union’s Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, will present a series of ten lectures to offer psychological perspectives on the holiday period. In addition to being a renowned rabbi, Rabbi Weinreb also practiced clinical psychology for many years.
“Hashem spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: Any fat of oxen, sheep, or goats – you shall not eat…You shall not consume any blood, in any of your dwelling places, whether from fowl or from animals. Any person who consumes any blood – that soul will be cut off from his people.” (Leviticus 7:22-23, 26-27)
The Orthodox Union’s St. Louis Chapter of Midwest NCSY, announced today the newest Junior NCSY Summer Program — Camp Nageela Midwest for boys and girls grades four through eight. Due to the overwhelming success in August 2006 of Camp Gesher, which drew over 100 children for one week of summer fun and Torah learning, Midwest NCSY was approached by Agudath Israel Midwest and offered the opportunity to expand Camp Gesher to two three-week sessions. In addition, the Agudah-NCSY partnership will allow the camp to move to its own facility: a beautiful site in Marshall, IN near Indianapolis.