Spreading Purim Joy, OU Calls on Synagogues in Pilot Program to Send Shalach Manot Gift Baskets

February 22, 2007, by

As part of its “Reaching Out, Changing Lives” kiruv (outreach) initiative now in development, an Orthodox Union program is encouraging observance of the upcoming holiday of Purim by calling on congregants in OU synagogues across North America to send Shalach Manot holiday gift packages to those in the Jewish community who might be unfamiliar with Purim and its traditions.

OU and Partners to Present When Serious Illness Strikes, At Congregation Ohab Zedek, Feb 20

February 15, 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 Rabbinical Council of America, The Jewish Healing and Hospice Alliance, and the Metropolitan Jewish Health System 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.

OU’s Rabbinical Couple Aids in Establishing an Eruv To Make Sabbath Observance Easier at Yale

February 15, 2007, by

After a seven-year effort, in which a young couple, Rabbi Jason and Meira Rappoport played a leading role, an eruv is now available to make Sabbath observance easier for Orthodox Jews at Yale. Rabbi and Mrs. Rappoport are the Torah Educators of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which is found at Yale and 12 other prestigious campuses nationwide.

Worldwide Audience For Kosher Tidbits on OURadio Confirms OU as Global Force in Kosher Education

February 14, 2007, by

From Israel to China; Mexico to Spain; the Philippines and Indonesia to Brazil; Singapore to France; Australia/New Zealand to Germany; the United Kingdom to Colombia, and of course throughout the United States and Canada, an audience of thousands is tuning into the presentations of Kosher Tidbits, a fast-growing program that brings the intricacies of kosher law, taught by Orthodox Union experts, to discerning audiences on OU Radio, In just a few months, more than 6,000 of these presentations have been downloaded onto listeners’ personal computers, ipods and other electronic devices.

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