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OU and Partners to Present When Serious Illness Strikes, at Congregation Shaaray Tefila, November 14

October 26, 2007, by

In recognition that when serious illness strikes in an Orthodox family a whole range of difficult decisions — medical, legal and financial — have to be made in accordance with Jewish law, the Orthodox Union, the Metropolitan Jewish Health System and The Jewish Healing and Hospice Alliance, an initiative of UJA-Federation of New York will present a free communal symposium, When Serious Illness Strikes and Decisions Have to Be Made: Who Decides – the Patient, the Physician, the Rabbi, the Family? A Practical Guide for Orthodox Families.

Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack will Serve as New JLIC Torah Educators at Brooklyn College

October 24, 2007, by

Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack, who kicked-off this academic year at Brooklyn College with an unforgettable Sabbath experience which drew more than 100 students from across the spectrum of Jewish observance, are serving as spiritual mentors and guides to Jewish students on the sprawling campus for the first time this year. The couple is there as part of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which arrived on campus four years ago under the leadership of Rabbi Reuven and Nalini Ibragimov.

Alumni Return to BU to Serve as Mentors and Spiritual Guides to Orthodox Jewish Students

October 24, 2007, by

Who better to learn from than from people who have been there and done that? Starting this year, the Boston University Orthodox Jewish student body will benefit from alumni, Rabbi Avi and Shira Heller, who will serve as their spiritual mentors and guides through the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which arrived at BU this Fall.

OU Calls on Its Synagogues to Engage in Prayer and Study for the Sake of Jerusalem

October 19, 2007, by

In the wake of public statements by American, Israeli and Palestinian officials calling into question the fate of Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish People, the Orthodox Union today called on its synagogue network and its NCSY youth program to undertake major efforts, including those of a spiritual nature, to protect the city. At the same time, the OU is playing a major role in creating a political coalition, going beyond the Jewish community, to prevent compromises on Jerusalem from being made at the proposed Israel-Palestinian peace summit in Annapolis this fall.

Survey Finds OU the Clear Leader in Kosher Certification

October 17, 2007, by

Amid the explosive growth of the U.S. kosher food industry in recent years, a new survey has found the OU symbol of the Orthodox Union to be consumers’ preferred kosher certification in the packaged goods marketplace. Jewish respondents consistently named OU their top choice for ensuring the food they purchase meets the most stringent kosher certification, while non-Jews perceived the OU to signify the highest level of product safety and cleanliness.

Coffee Talk: NCSY Latte and Learning Sessions Bring Teens to Torah Across North America

October 16, 2007, by

Across North America, week after week, hundreds of Jewish teens flock to their local Starbucks and similar coffee houses to sip free lattes and to learn Torah from NCSY rabbis. The teens are part of a program called Latte and Learning that invites middle and high schoolers to discuss the relevance of Torah in secular life. The programs are led by dynamic speakers who share a perspective on Jewish identity, offering an open and interactive discussion for Jewish teens to ask their questions and to voice their opinions. For many Jewish teens, this is their only source of Jewish nourishment.

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