The Orthodox Union West Coast Region and NCSY will hold their Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 19 at the Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, to pay tribute to distinguished honorees and to launch the Ahuva Wernick Sefer Torah Campaign, in the memory of Ahuva Wernick a”h, one of the original founders of West Coast NCSY.
At the invitation of the Jewish Student Union (JSU), an Orthodox Union-affiliated culture club meeting in Newton South High School in the Greater Boston area, the noted law professor and pro-Israel activist Alan Dershowitz will address both the JSU club and the school’s Social Awareness Club on Tuesday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Newton South, in response to an appearance there April 11 by Noam Chomsky, a virulent critic of both Israel and the United States.
The Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) is celebrating the success of its twenty-first annual Family Shabbaton that attracted six hundred guests to Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY. The Shabbaton brought together Yachad and Our Way members, their parents and extended families from around the United States and Canada.
Striking a perfect balance between Torah, spirit, great food, good friends and, of course, acknowledging the miracle of returning to Yerushalayim, this year’s Fourth Annual Orthodox Union Israel dinner was a major success. With almost 400 guests in attendance, Zvi Sand, the Dinner Chairman, introduced Rabbi Avi Berman, the Director of OU Israel. Rabbi Berman’s succinct message was that the simple meaning of the word Yerushalayim is comprised of two words found in the Torah — Yeru and Shalem. Yeru connotes vision, or a desire to see, to actualize, to behold; Shalem connotes completion, perfection, wholeness.
The Orthodox Union, aware of the pitfalls and dangers of Internet use for children and teens, is calling on its nationwide synagogue network to increase parental awareness about Internet safety guidelines…the OU has issued an interactive CD-ROM…
The Orthodox Union’s Young Leadership Cabinet (YLC), in conjunction with the OU’s Institute of Public Affairs, hosted the Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, today at a luncheon in the law offices of Moshe Bane, OU Senior Vice President.
As the latest component of its Reaching Out, Changing Lives outreach initiative, the Orthodox Union has sent an attractive 12” x 18” poster to its member synagogues across North America declaring, “Welcome to Our Shul!” and advising, “Join Us in Greeting Everyone With Warmth and Friendliness.”
With diabetes becoming more and more prevalent, affecting children and adults alike and totaling, according to the American Diabetes Association, 14.6 million diagnosed Americans, and 6.2 million who are unaware, the Orthodox Union in conjunction with the Sephardic Community Center, Shaarei Tzion Congregation, Vaad HaRabbonim of Flatbush, and the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center will present Free Community Health Fair — Diabetes Awareness Day, to provide free screening and education to the public about diabetes.