The sweet sounds of Jewish prayer and study, not to mention the guitar, are emanating from the University of Maryland’s College Park campus as Rabbi Eli Kohl and his wife, Naomi, begin their service this semester as Torah Educators in the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program.
With the presence of representatives from companies located from New Hampshire to California and many states in between, the Orthodox Union held Dairy Seminar 2006 last week, which was directed at plant managers, directors of quality assurance, production and marketing, and anyone with responsibility for a dairy company’s kosher program.
There is good news for kosher consumers who want their Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mixes, certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, to have pareve and non-dairy status. The company has reversed a decision made in 2005 to switch the product to dairy, therefore rendering it unusable for cakes that are served with meat meals at the Sabbath table. The product line includes Moist Deluxe Classic Yellow, the best selling cake mix in the country, and other consumer favorites such as Devil’s Food, Lemon Supreme and Butter Recipe Golden.
Who better to head the Orthodox Union’s NCSY “All New Michlelet” program for teenage girls than a woman who embodies the true spirit of a role model for young Jewish women? In summer 2007, the Michlelet program will be under the official directorship of Rivka Yudin of Far Rockaway, who will serve as a guide for teenage girls and share her many years of experience in Torah education with them.
When Rabbi Avi Berman began his new job in mid-July as Director General of the Orthodox Union in Israel, having just returned to Israel where he grew up following five years in Vancouver, Canada, he didn’t have the traditional period of several weeks to adjust to his position, meet his staff, settle in to his new home, plan activities and programs, and just catch his breath after moving a family of seven thousands of miles. Just four days after he started on the job, Israel’s war against Hezbollah began.
Vinegar and enzymes are the newly recorded topics, as the Kosher Tidbits radio program of the Orthodox Union’s Kashrut Division adds to its list of presentations intended to explain the finer points of Jewish Kosher law to a worldwide audience.
Addressing the topic of Ingredient Panels (on food packages): Unraveling the Mysteries, Rabbi Richard Levine, Orthodox Union Rabbinic Field Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region, will visit the Bensalem Outreach Center on Tuesday, November 14 to present the OU’s “Coming to a Yeshiva Near You” program. The event will be part of “Kosher Month,” being presented throughout November by the Center.
In a first-time program to pay tribute to the Rabbinic Coordinators of the Orthodox Union Kosher Division – the senior rabbis whose knowledge of the complex laws of kashrut, dedication to their work, and understanding of the constantly changing world of food production have contributed greatly to the OU’s status as the leading kosher certification agency in the world – a presentation of the OU Kosher Safran-Guttmann Award for Professional Excellence and Accomplishment will take place at a Melave Malka of Appreciation and Recognition, on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Ballroom, 5902 Fourteenth Avenue, Brooklyn.
The Orthodox Union, through its Institute for Public Affairs, facilitated a meeting between the Bergen County Orthodox Jewish community and United States Senator Robert Menendez. The meeting, attended by approximately fifty community leaders and members, took place Sunday evening, October 22 at Congregation Rinat Yisrael, an OU member congregation in Teaneck.
To strengthen parenting skills and provide advice from leading Orthodox mental health professionals, the Orthodox Union Department of Community Services in conjunction with the Congregation Beth Israel Abraham Voliner will present a Positive Jewish Parenting program to be held at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115 Street, Overland Park, Kansas, on Sunday, November 12.