Legislative Forums Held Across Maryland

January 10, 2007, by

Last night the Maryland Non-Public Schools Legislative Coalition, of which the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs is a founding member, held 17 Legislative Forums across Maryland to advocate to their local elected officials on restoring cut textbook funding, expanding the teacher training tax credit, and enacting the BOAST Maryland Education Tax Credit that would infuse $25 million in new money to our schools.

OU Campus Program Breeds Championships, Thanks to Prowess at U of Florida

January 9, 2007, by

Ho hum! It’s happened again. For the second time in 10 months, the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program is part of college life at the NCAA champion of a major sport, just as it was last spring following the “March Madness” basketball tournament. Of course, the University of Florida’s athletic prowess has something to do with it.

OU Kosher Colleagues Share Their Program in New In-House Program

January 9, 2007, by

Who better to inform the experts at OU Kosher about the latest developments in the constantly evolving world of food production than other experts at OU Kosher? The OU Kashrut Division has instituted a series of monthly in-house presentations in which colleagues bring senior staff and rabbis in the field up to date on specialties other than their own.

Coming to a Long Island Community Near You: OU’s Friday Nights Lights Shine Brightly Across U.S.

January 9, 2007, by

It all began during a NCSY brainstorming session about a year-and-a-half ago when the youth program team pulled their heads together to come up with an innovative way to reach unaffiliated Jewish teenagers. The panacea devised at OU headquarters was Friday Night Lights, which to many conveys Texas high school football, from the popular book, movie and current TV show of the same name, but to Jewish teenagers from Long Island to Los Angeles, it is an unforgettable Sabbath experience.

OU To Provide Guidance to Sandwich Generation Members from January 7 to 21

January 5, 2007, by

In recognition that much of its core constituency is part of what has come to be known as The Sandwich Generation — people who on a daily basis are faced with balancing the demands of aging parents with the demands of children and grandchildren — the Orthodox Union has undertaken a worldwide program to offer advice to members of this often beleaguered and ever-growing group.

Two OU Member Congregations in Memphis To Present Positive Jewish Parenting Program, January 28

January 5, 2007, by

Two Orthodox Union member congregations in Memphis, Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth Congregation (ASBEE) and Baron Hirsch Congregation are teaming up with the OU’s Department of Community Services to bring Positive Jewish Parenting to strengthen parenting skills and provide advice from leading Orthodox mental health professionals to the community. The program will be held at the ASBEE, 120 East Yates Road, on Sunday, January 28, 6:30 p.m.

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.